Things to Do in Rome for Lovers of the Outdoors

Rome has something for everyone. From art afficionados to history buffs, foodies and even the outdoorsy type. With so much to do around here, it can be really hard to prioritize what you choose to form your roman holiday memories. So for when it's time to get out of those galleries, museums, stores, restaurants and perhaps even your hotel, add one of these outdoor activities to your list.

Villa Borghese is one of the city's most popular parks and is often dubbed Rome's Central Park. Great for a stroll or even a picnic, row boats can even be hired for a leisurely day on the lake. 

For the foodies at heart, why not head to the historic Campo de Fiori market which is open daily until 2pm or take a food tour with Eating Italy Food Tours. They take you off the beaten track to explore Rome's food traditions in the working class neighborhood of Testaccio and the picturesque Trastevere. 

Trastevere itself is an attraction in itself and you could actually spend a whole day here. Put your map away and get lost in the narrow cobblestone streets that are so pretty you'll feel like you're on a movie set.

To escape the big smoke and get out of town for the day, the ancient Roman ruins and archeological site of Ostia Antica makes for a great day trip. 

So if you love the outdoors, the only problem you'll have in Rome, is trying to fit it all in!

Outside the city/Outlying areas


If you're look for a quick and easy break to get away from the city, you might consider taking a day trip to Ostia Antica. Compared to Pompeii but much closer to Rome and far less crowded, you'll witness ruins and elics that date back to the 4th...  Read More



In Rome, nothing is more romantic than the 'passeggiata' - a leisurely stroll. And Trastevere is just the neighborhood for it. This quarter prides itself on its authenticity and devotion to Roman culture. Narrow streets lead to quaint homes that...  Read More



Built in the third century as part of Rome's defense system, this massive fortification wall is a must see. The wall was commissioned by the Emperor Aurelian after the city's previous structure was in ruins. The wall has undergone significant...  Read More

Airport - Fco


Walking up from the Roman Forum from Via dei Fori Imperiali, you reach the Palatine Hill. The ruins here are left from Domus Flavia and Domus Augustana, and were built around the first century. It is believed that it was on this very hill that...  Read More

Jewish Quarter


What today appears to be a large open field, was once a grandiose sporting arena (one of the largest in the world) during Imperial times. The Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus) was a facility that contained a seating capacity of more than 300,000...  Read More



You can't get anymore Baroque beautiful than Piazza Navona. This piazza has it all: three glorious fountains, Bernini sculptures, a lovely outdoor cafe scene and the magnificent Sant'Agnese in Agone church. In the first century A.D., this piazza...  Read More



Dubbed the central park of Rome, Villa Borghese is a favorite for tourists and the locals. The resurrection of the park was commissioned during the 17th century and used by the Borghese and Bonaparte families. Though, it's not the largest park...  Read More



Rome's number #1 rated food tour and only one of its kind, runs daily except for Sundays in two real Roman neighborhoods (Testaccio and Trastevere). On this four hour journey through the streets of Rome, you will get to enjoy about 10 authentic...  Read More



This area is not easily accessed by public transportation, but the walk up to the top on Via Giacinto Carini is well worth it. You are surrounded by lovely views of the Alban Hills. Make sure that you go to Villa Lante before you leave the area,...  Read More



If you feel like visiting quintessential Rome, there's no better place to do it than at the Campo de' Fiori open air market or mercato all'aperto. Taking a stroll through this market, gives you a glimpse of Italian culture. Once inside, you'll...  Read More


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