A new private and surprising running tour

ArcheoRunning running tour in Rome

One of the new tours I've created is called The Hidden Rome running tour. I am always looking for new places to discover for the people who follow me, so I decided to study and then try for myself what Rome and its many alleys hides.


I think it is one of the unique experiences you can have in Rome while running or walking, almost casually immersing yourself in narrow streets with curious names and smelling of antiquity. We have the feeling of getting lost, but with amazement we find ourselves in places never seen before and new, but which know something intimate and familiar.


In Rome there are 22 districts and only 14 are there really special alleys: the widest alley, the smallest in Rome called Vicolo di San Trifone, which connects via dei Coronari with via dei Tre Archi, the one with the most original name, the steepest alley, alleys with curious names, alleys that have taken their name from "archaeological" finds such as the vicolo dell'Atleta. Right here, in fact, in 1849, during some excavations conducted in Rome in the Trastevere area, the sculpture of theApoxyomenoswas found, which literally means "he who purifies himself". In fact, he is an athlete who cleans himself up after the race and the discovery was so sensational that the alley in which it took place has changed its name: from Vicolo delle Palme to Vicolo dell'Atleta. Statue that we find today in the Vatican Museums.


This alley is located in Trastevere which is the district with the largest number of alleys, together with the Ponte district.
All Trastevere has characteristic and suggestive alleys. For example, Vicolo della Scala, where the homonymous church opens, dedicated to a miraculous image of the Virgin, found right above a staircase; Piazza in Piscinula, with the presence of numerous ancient Roman basins; Vicolo della Renella which, like Piazza Arenula, takes its name from the typical silt that the Tiber deposited all around during its frequent floods.


In the Rione Ponte we find alleys that tell stories that recall buildings that have now disappeared, such as Vicolo della Tinta, which refers to the old dry cleaners that stood nearby.
Even the Jewish Ghetto reserves some splendid surprises, such as the streets that take their name from the ancient trades that took place in those places, such as Via dei Funari which takes its name from the ropers. But here the names are also linked to Roman antiquities and an example is Via del Portico d'Ottavia, a large porticoed cultural center built by Augustus and dedicated to the memory of his beloved sister Ottavia.
But there are also very curious examples in the center. Via Ripetta derives from “ripa”, that is, the bank of the river; Via del Babuino, takes its name from a statue so ugly that it was mistaken for a monkey. The very famous Via del Corso, which was originally called Via Lata, has changed its name due to a very popular race called “Race of the Berber horses. Hence the new name.


These are just a few examples of what the city of Rome hides. There is only one thing left to do, discover them all with me with a private running tour!

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