When In Rome, Go Race The Ponies!
When you think of Ancient Rome, you probably think of chariot races. Horses have been racing in Rome for thousands of years, and Romans are still in love with the race. Built in 1881, the Capannelle Racecourse remains to this day a popular spot for local and tourists alike. Located just south of Rome, it's a great way to spend a few Euros, enjoy the countryside and get an adrenaline boost.
All weather track means more year round races for you! Some of the most popular racing days happens when the weather is cooler in Spring and Fall. The Premio Regina Elena (April 27), the Italian Derby (May 18) and the Lydia Tesio Prize (October 26).
The panoramic restaurant that not only offers views of the track, but mini tvs at each table for a close look at the race. Don't forget a glass of local wine at one of the many bars located around the racecourse. You are in Italy after all!
The minimum amount required to bet on the horses is two euro. Even if you don't speak Italian, the best way to make your bet is with a betting attendant. They'll explain each bet. If you feel the urge to bet while eating lunch, the staff at the restaurant can take your wager.
Pick Your Horse
Don't forget to mingle by the front betting stations. The jockeys ride their horses around for betters to get a closer look at the horses.
For tourists, the fastest and easiest option is by train. Access to the Ippodromo Capannelle from Roma Central station cost 1 euro each way and roughly 10 minutes to get there. Check the website for any changes to the racecourse schedule.