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Posted on February 23, 2009 in Trip Ideas

If you’ve ever dreamed of having Rome all to yourself (and, after one time doing the Sistine Chapel squeeze, who hasn’t?), take a look at American91’s secret for how to find yourself alone on the Spanish Steps.

In a word? Run. The seriously in-shape traveler describes sprinting around Italy: in Rome, in Venice, in jeans. Also at 5am, which is how American91 and a friend found themselves completely alone on the Spanish Steps, taking in the serene side of one of Europe’s most popular tourist spots.

The traveler calls running “undoubtedly the greatest experience I had on this trip,” saying, “we were able to see much more of the cities in a shorter time and were able to take in the scenery that makes Italy such a popular destination.”

The Glory of Italy contains more tips for visitors, with American91 reminding us that sometimes it’s fun to be a full-fledged tourist. We’re not sure that applies to the runner, though; the path may have been “touristy and well-traveled, remarkable and gorgeous,” but its curves were taken at a rather unconventional speed.

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