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Rome Marathon 2024

Come to the eternal city to run a marathon. Luckily, you don’t have to run forever, because you are supposed to finish the marathon within 5 hours, but it will be one of the most memorable marathons you will ever run as you run next to famous attractions such as the Colosseum, Saint Peters Basilica, Forum, and other fantastic attractions in Rome.

The first marathon was arranged in Rome in 1982. Since then, it has become an annual event and a highlight for marathon lovers worldwide. Even though it isn’t as famous as the London Marathon, it still beats all other marathons if you are a history lover and dream of running surrounded by ruins thousands of years old, and imagine the gladiators fighting in Colosseum or horse competitions in Circus Maximus while running.

  • There is a fun run available for those who only want to run 5km and not the full marathon distance.

There are some marathons in Europe where it is very hard to register. In Dublin, you must buy lottery tickets, and if you are among the lucky people, you will win a place in the marathon (you still have to pay). Rome is much easier, and the only requirement is to register one week before the event. They have also set aside more time for the event in Rome, and they give support to those who don’t want to run, but want to do a quick walk along the marathon route. As a result, you actually have as much as 6 hours and 30 minutes to finish the route which is a quite convenient solution.

Rome Marathon 2024

  • Date: March 17, 2024

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore the city of Rome. And as we mentioned above, it is ideal to make this your first marathon, because if you get tired, you can just walk instead, and you should still be able to finish the race within the time limit.

Where should I book my accommodation in Rome?

It is very convenient to live in the city center of Rome if you want to explore the city and run the marathon. Look at the map below to see lots of central apartments and hotels with price estimations. This will help you find an apartment or a hotel that perfectly fits you.


Do not forget that thousands of people travel to Rome for the marathon, so it is always wise to book your hotel early.

Which attractions will I see along the way?

There might be changes to the route, but in general, you will see attractions all the time (considering that Rome in itself is an attraction). But, since we know that you want more exact information, here are some of the attractions you will see as you run or walk Rome marathon.

  • St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Castel Sant’ Angelo
  • Spanish Stairs
  • Circo Massimo
  • Basilica di Sao Paolo
  • Terme di Caracalla
  • Auditorium Parco Della Musica
  • Ponte Milvio
  • Isola Tiberina
  • and many others…

Will it get extremely hot during the marathon?

It isn’t a coincidence that the marathon in Rome is arranged early in the spring. During this time of the year it might get hot, but not extremely hot. As a result, you should be prepared for temperatures anywhere between 5 and 20 Celsius.

There are several stops where you can get something to drink along the way, so everything is set in place so that you can have a wonderful trip to Rome.

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Are there any other things happening in Rome at this time of the year?

Rome has lots of permanent programs available every single day of the year. But, there are also temporary exhibitions, concerts, festivals, markets, and other programs in the city. We try to write about as many as possible in our Rome Guide, so use the menu to find information about attractions, activities, transportation, and other important topics.

How much time is needed to prepare for a marathon?

Maybe you are reading this and now you think this might be something for you. Is Rome marathon for you? If you have experience, then you probably know the answer. Have you been able to run 20km before? If you practice for some weeks and months, and also add the information that you have more time to finish the race than in a normal marathon, this is probably one of the easiest marathons to finish on time. Maybe you are unable to run the full distance, but if you combine running and walking, it should still be fine.

If you want to run the full distance, you should consult with a trainer and someone with experience, and together, find out whether this is something for you or not, and how much time is needed to prepare decently.

Are there other running competitions for those who don’t want to run a full marathon?

Many popular marathon competitions in Europe come with additional competitions besides the full marathon. Unfortunately, the Rome marathon is only for those who want to finish the full marathon distance, so there are no other distances such as a half-marathon, 10k, or children’s competitions. But, if you feel like participating in such competitions, look in our Rome calendar to find out more about other running competitions in Rome at other times of the year.



Mar 17 2024


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