October is a lovely month to spend some time in Italy. The passionate intensity of the full-on Italian summer matures into the elegance of Autumn.
Not only does the summer heat fade into a gentler warmth, colours take on earthier tones, light is conciliating, and a simple walk through the woods becomes a passage through harmony.
October – So with shorter days, less heat and low-season prices, this is a pretty good time to come to Italy.
Our trail race calendar includes most trail and sky running races, which we consider offer a good running experience, taking into consideration one or more of several factors:
- information available
- race routes
- distances to choose from
- the ‘good event factor’
- offer of post race activities in vicinity
Bear in mind that not all Italian race websites have sections in English, so either resort to Google translate, or send an enquiry email to race directors.
Compete in the Morenic Trail, – set along the trails of the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea. This race takes you for more than 100k along a horseshoe shaped moraine. Long distance but with a relatively low climb and ample cut off (usually 24 hours) time makes this a good race. Post race why not indulge in some Wine tasting: the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea is now the heart of wine growing in the Canavese area.
Where: Andrate, Ivrea (TO), Piedmont – Italy
Distance / elevation gain: 118km / 2770m
TARTUFO TRAIL RUNNING®
Trail running and truffles in the same weekend! Not to be taken lightly, this is a challenging race in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines, even though altitude is relatively low, with the highest point in the race being 1300m, weather conditions can be chilly. The Tartufo Trail® takes place in the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park.
Where: Calestano, Parma (PR), Emilia-Romagna
Distance / elevation gain: 67,8km / 3490m Tartufo Ultra SkyMarathon®
17km/930m Tartufo Trail Découverte
28km/1370m Tartufo Trail Monte Sporno
51,7km/2530m Tartufo Ultra SkyMarathon®
LIMONE EXTREME SKYRACE
Compete in this iconic Skyrace! The Limone Extreme Skyrace takes place in the dramatic settings of Lungolago Marconi in Limone sul Garda, technical climbs are assured as you make your way up across the rugged course!
Where: Limone sul Garda (BS), Lombardy – Italy
Distance / elevation gain: 29km / 2500m
Other distances: 10k/1103m+ Vertical
The Sant’ Olcese Trail will take you up to the spectacular Forte Diamante, one of the most important forts that protected the city of Genoa from attack throughout the eighteenth century. At nearly 700metres above sea level, the uphill approach may well take your breath away, not only for the climb, but also for the stunning views.
Where: Sant’Olcese (GE), Liguria – Italy
Distance / elevation gain: 42km / 2430m
Other distances: 25k/1650m
The lovely Arquato Trail takes place in the northern region of Emilia Romagna, in the picturesque surroundings of Castell’Arquato, this incredibly scenic hamlet was also used as a location for the 1985 fantasy film Ladyhawke.
Where: Castell’Arquato, Piacenza (PC) Emilia-Romagna – Italy
Distance / elevation gain: 26km / 1100m D+
Other distances: 10km
Maria Elisabetta Bellini is Italyontrail.com’s founder, born in the U.K, she came to running whilst living in Italy, where she still lives and trains. Never ceasing to marvel at what’s at the summit of a hill, or around the bend along the trail, she loves using trail running as a means to explore nature, contemplation and Italy.