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Amazing Outdoor Activities in and Around Rome

10 FEB 2014
Career Path : Study Abroad

While it’s easy to get lost in a sea of buildings and edifices when you’re attending school in the city of Rome – from the monumental Coliseum to the majestic open-air Roman Forum – did you know that there are actually amazing options to get away and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Roman countryside just minutes outside of the city? So while it’s always lovely to experience the great academics and fine-dining that Italy is world renowned for, it might do you some good to get out of the city, get some fresh air and a bit of exercise. Here are some of the best and most amazing options for hiking, skiing and all other sorts of adrenaline pumping activities to do when you’re a student abroad in Italy!

Bicycle Tours

Cycling around the Roman countryside is not only one of the best ways to experience the cultural diversity of one of the greatest cities on the planet; it’s a great way to get in shape doing it! There are a variety of great companies that offer bike tour packages with both traditional and electric bicycles. Electric bicycles come equipped with a tiny motor on the back wheel, so if you feel like resting your legs for a while you can just sit back and let the bike take care of pedaling. Not only is it a great way to get some fresh air and sunshine, but it’s a great way to see the countryside!

Hike and Swim in Ostia

Just 30 kilometers outside of Rome sits a preternaturally gorgeous landscape of monolithic brown cliffs, lush green forests and sparkling crystal clear waters. Ostia, technically a suburb of Rome and just a stone’s throw away, is the sight of the seaport of ancient Rome. It’s usually overrun in the summer by lounging tourists but if you go in the winter, you’ll find an amazing place to get a dose of solitude, hike the cliffs and even go for a chilly dip if you so please.  While it’s nice in the summer if you can find a place to lounge or swim, it can get hectic, so going in the winter provides you with a bit more of an intimate time.

Ski at Campo Imperatore on the Gran Sasso Mountain

Contrary to popular belief, if you’ve come to study in Italy, you don’t have to trek all the way out to the Dolomites or the Alps to indulge your skiing and snowboarding fantasies. Campo Imperatore is a ski resort located on the Gran Sasso Mountain, which is barely two hours outside of Rome proper. While it’s still a bit of a journey, the results are well worth it. Open for skiing and snowboarding from December to April, and hiking in the off-season, this breathtaking peak also offers cross country skiing and over 20 kilometers of runs.

Visit John Cabot University for more information about what to do if you choose to study in Italy.