Of gods and athletes : Rome’s Stadio dei marmi

I spend an inordinate amount of time hanging out at tracks. My younger son is a track and field junkie athlete, and I would suspect there are few tracks in central Italy in which I have not spent a fair amount of time. So, as a track mum with years of experience, you can trust…

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All lanes lead to Rome: Golden Gala 2019

Every year it rolls around again. All track lanes lead to Rome for the world’s top track and field athletes who descend on the Eternal City to take part in the Golden Gala each year. This is Rome’s edition of the Diamond League – the elite track and field meets that take place all around…

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Reason #5389 to love Rome: Golden Gala 2018

I’ve been going each year to this annual international track meet, a part of the Diamond League competitions, ever since my track-obsessed younger son began running at seven years old. This has become a tradition for us each May or June when this international meet arrives in the Eternal City – at the Olympic stadium…

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‘The most beautiful track in Italy’ – in Formia

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…

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Reason #5375 to love Rome: Golden Gala 2014

I spend a lot of time at children’s track and field meets, so it’s a nice change of pace each June when the international stars of track and field – the adult variety- descend upon Rome to participate in the competitions of The Golden Gala. I already wrote about the competition last year. This year’s…

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