The Marathon di Roma is an IAAF Gold Label race and was first held in 1982. Runners are treated to numerous sites of the Eternal City including St. Peters Cathedral, the Basilica, Castel Sant' Angelo and the Spanish Steps to name just a few. In 2000 the start was moved to St. Peters Square as Pope John Paul II blessed the runners and the usual starters pistol was replaced by the bells of Saint Peter's.
One of the flattest marathons in Italy through the ancient streets of Rome and the Vatican City. The start is at the Colosseum whilst the runners finish at the Roman Forum. Although many runners get great times the cobbelstones, especially towards the end of the race may slow you down a little.