I’ve already written about the Italian seaside town of Formia. Formia is south of Rome at the edge of Italy’s Lazio region.
Since 1955, it has been famous as the site of Italy’s Olympic Committee (CONI) training center, with a beautiful campus, running track, indoor track, gym and sports facilities that hosts professional athletes from Italy and around the world.
Located as it is just across from the sea and with the mountains towering behind, he may just be right.
Must be a nice way to relax after tough training sessions.
Aside from the beautiful track, the indoor facilities are quite impressive, too. This includes the only 150 indoor meter track in Italy and an indoor pole vaulting facility. There are also all the relax and recuperation facilities – steam baths, saunas, pool and ice bath that my son enjoyed and suffered (in regard to the latter) in equal measures.
But what a fabulous place to train and practice. I was terribly envious at pick-up and drop-off.
If one has to suffer during workouts, certainly better to suffer in style.
And as much as he loved the training and the new friends, my son was most impressed at meeting many of his sports heroes who were training the same weeks in Formia, and were nice enough to chat with him about track and field. That made his year.
So I can’t help but agree that Formia hosts the most beautiful track in Italy – and the ideal weather and environment make it an ideal year-round training venue.
We both (runner and taxi driver) look forward to getting back here!