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Rome is perfectly situated in Italy for alternative activities besides site seeing. The most common outside sports are climbing, trekking, snowboarding and skiing. There are lots of locations near Rome to visit and get out into the open.
If you are a climbing enthusiast you will be spoiled for choice. There are plenty of places to go that are between an hour and an hour and a half away. Although bouldering and sport climbing are really popular in Italy, there are places to go traditional climbing. Although usually a summer sport, you can still climb outdoors during the winter months on a sunny day. Be prepared and dress warmly because it will be cold.
If you need to get your climbing fix for the duration of your stay and it isnâ€™t possible to leave the city, then you can always visit a few climbing gyms. There are two that are located in the city. Club Lanciani and Ecole Verticale The gyms are bouldering only but the facilities are great with lots of interesting routes. There are also showers, lockers and even saunas available at Lanciani.
During winter, snowboarding and skiing is possible in several locations close to Rome Campo Felice, Campo Imperatore, Ovindoli, Roccaraso. Particularly in the Abruzzo National Park.The park consists of 150,000 acres of protected forests which cover two thirds of it. There are also plenty of trails to hike along and lots of wildlife to see during the summer months. The park is also only a 2 hour drive from the city. This makes it a very convenient stop for a day trip that will be unforgettable.
Another activity that can be enjoyed during the summer in the park is mountain biking. Experienced guides will take you on several trails through this enormous park with its forests, rolling hills and mountains. Not far from the National Park, about 40 min. by car situated on the coast of the adriatic sea, a group of bikers from little town close to Pescara airport, organize, every spring and summer, lovely bike tours betwen beach-coast and mountain the will make your trip like an unforgetable experience, visit the web site My Bike Holiday and enjoy it. Alternatively for those who have only little time you will also be able to enjoy the Villa Borghese Park in the heart of Rome, which is a great place to bike.
The Ostia beach is also near Rome if you want to get some sun and it’s just one stop away from Ostia Antica.
Ostia Lido is the famous beach close to rome and many activities are possible there during the summer, beach volley, wind surf, kite surf. Visit Corallo beach web site to also get info about the wheather and wind. The beach is also easy to get to from Yes Hotel Rome, Hostel-Des-Artistes-Rome, Nice-Hotel-Rome and Carlito-Hostel-Rome, by taking the metro line B from Termini station in Rome to “piramide” then take a train from there to Ostia Lido. From there it’s 10 minute walk to the beach.