If you like walking, Venice is the place for you. And if you like running? Even better. Except for those crowded areas, from Piazza San Marco to Rialto, it wouldn’t be simple running in the crowd, not even if you liked obstacle courses. But running in Venice can be managed nevertheless.
So for those who don’t want to give up on their workout during vacation while being surrounded by the wonders of this beautiful island and its incredible atmosphere, especially during sunset hours, here are some suggestions for your running itinerary in Venice. They will surely satisfy you (all of the distances include to and from estimation time).
Zattere (3 km)
It is one of the most loved fondamenta of Venice, an ideal setting for those who like to run a straight road. Infact it is one of the conclusive parts to the Venice Marathon that takes place every year in October. You can start from San Basilio and reach Punta della Dogana and return, possibly passing by the marvelous steps of the Salute Church: The panorama is guaranteed (the bridges have planks so you can avoid having to take the stairs).
Fondamente Nuove (1,8 Km)
On the opposite side in respects to the Zattere, are the Fondamenta Nuove that face the splendid island of Murano and the northern lagoon. Even here is a straight road with a beautiful scenery.
Riva dei Schiavoni (3 Km circa)
Maybe the most spectacular route, if you take it in the early morning, very early morning. You can start from San Marco and continue all the way until the Giardini della Biennale. And if you are in optimal shape you can connect to the Sant’Elena route.
Sant’ Elena (course 1 km)
It is the green lungs of Venice, situated on the fishtail that represents Venice, in front of Lido. Here you can enjoy the circular path surrounded by trees and lawns, just minutes away from the city. You can comfortably leave from the vaporetto stop of Sant’Elena.
Giudecca (2,3 Km)
Another straight road with breathtaking view on the splendid island of giudecca that faces the Zattere and the San Marco Basin. From the Fondamenta of Sant’Eufemia and that of San Giovanni. Priceless.