Exercising in Rome


Aug 26th, 2013, 07:23 AM
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Exercising in Rome

Anyone know of any good gyms in Rome, particularly in the Trastevere area, for working out? Going to be over there for several months and am going to need it with all that good food!!
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Aug 26th, 2013, 08:53 AM
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City is built on seven hills - walking around might do the trick.
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Aug 26th, 2013, 09:07 AM
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I find that in europe I always lose weight - although I eat more restaurant meals (but smaller portions) and definitely drink more wine - and campari/soda. But that's on vacation, so I'm walking about a million miles a day.

If you are working there - and eating at home - you may actually consume fewer calories - but not be out an about all day.
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Aug 26th, 2013, 09:08 AM
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Looks like you are from the US?
You have another posting on the same subject, so I would comment on that. I think the gyms are not as common there because people do not have need for gym for the reason many American use gyms -- Americans eat a lot more and walk a lot less. Will you really need a gym in the first place?

If you follow local eating customs, you will likely to lose weight without even thinking about it.

You will probably be staying in an apartment. You can naturally add even more exercise by staying at a higher floor and even if there is an elevator, walk up and down. Walk instead of taking taxi or public transits. Unlike many US cities where they make it very hard to walk, Rome is a walking city.

There is a current posting by someone preparing for a marathon. That type of need requires a arrangement beyond everyday walking.
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Aug 26th, 2013, 09:20 AM
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I don't have any personal recommendations for you but, you may want to check out this page on the In Rome Now website:
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Aug 26th, 2013, 10:12 AM
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you will probably need to look for hotels within the big hotel chains - who cater for an "international" clientele.

you can also go to one of the hotel consolidation sites like and select hotels with fitness rooms - I just did this for Rome and got 104 choices.
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Aug 26th, 2013, 10:26 AM
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google "palestra roma"

or "palestra trastevere"

for example
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Aug 26th, 2013, 04:21 PM
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My daughter studied in Rome last spring and lived in Trastevere for 4 months. She generally works out at a gym, but found the gyms nearby to be small, cramped, and expensive. She found walking or jogging along the river to be the best form of exercise. Also, up above Trastevere is quite hilly so that would be great for exercise too.

May I also suggest you read "Four Seasons In Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World" by Anthony Doerr. Written by an American who lived in Rome with his wife and newborn twins for a year doing research. They lived in Trastevere - wonderfully written, poignant, humorous.
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