AVP501 Ultra – Following Pilgrims, Monks and Devotees

Italy’s longest ultra trail, the AVP501 crosses many areas interlaced by spirituality. First of all let’s set the scene. We’re in central northern Italy. The race route follows Italy’s long distance hiking trail, the “Alta via dei Parchi”, partly situated in the Parco Nazionale Appennino Tosco Emiliano one of Italy’s 25 National Parks. It crosses […]

Ecotrail Florence, Italy – Running Through Beauty

Ecotrail Florence, Italy  – 3 March 2018 80km, 42km and Night City Trail By Carl Johan Sörman Countdown – Two weeks before race date… I’ve just finished my very last training session in an extremely hard 180k week. Intervals. At the end of the session I feel a bit of discomfort in my groin. The following […]

6 Lesser-known Races In The Dolomites

Italy’s glorious Dolomites, are a vision to be savoured and respected. It’s fairly impossible to cast your gaze onto these spectacular mountains without in some way being humbled. If you’ve been lucky enough to run on one of the trails that weave their way between the spires and pinnacles of white craggy rock, you may […]

AVP 501 Endurance Trail

AVP 501 –  Just when you thought that Italian trail races couldn’t get any longer, what with epic Tor Des Géants® offering a route that’s approximately 330km long, 2018 will see the first edition of the the AVP501 Endurance Trail. And yes – “501” refers to the kilometers that you’ll be doing in the race. […]

5 Brutal Italian Trail and Sky Races

After a recent survey in an Italian Facebook trail running group, where we asked members which Italian trail and skyraces they considered to offer the most technical terrain, we’ve come up with this initial selection, chosen directly by the folks that run them! What to expect in a technical race in Italy? This can vary enormously, […]

10 Italian Magical May 2018 Trail Races

With spring in full force, and the promise of summer just around the corner May can be a refreshingly bright and cheerful month in Italy. Weather wise, you could be in for some lovely warm temperatures during the day, which gently become cooler once the sun goes down. Snow may still be on the ground in […]

Pisa’s Trail Monte Penna

By Carl Johan Sörman Trail del Monte Penna, 30k, 1300 vertical meters – 4 February 2018 – Molina di Quosa Pisa, Italy It’’s Monday, one week before the race… Things are not looking too good. a) I have to shorten my daily workout due to my Achilles tendon, which has been sore for the last […]

Springtime Trail Running in the Italian “Primavera”!

What is “Primavera”?! This means “spring” in Italian! And in April, Italy can be a gorgeous month, with longer warmer days that gently embrace your soul, and brush off all the winter cobwebs. Trail running conditions are really good. The weather can be cheerfully sunny, with the aroma and promise of the forthcoming summer. But remember, high up in […]

7 Exciting Italian Trail Races in March 2018!

Weather wise, March in Italy can be a strange month. Anything can happen. And with Italy being such a varied country, conditions can differ entirely at higher altitude, along the coast and between north and south. Towards the end of the month when the days get longer, there’s real feel for Spring in the air. […]

2018 Capraia Rock Trail – A Trail on Italy’s “Alcatraz”

by Maria E. Bellini Registration is open for the 2018 Capraia Rock Trail – the second edition of this adventurous spring trail race that takes place on the wild, Tuscan island of Capraia on the 25th March 2018. About The Capraia Rock Trail When: 25 & 26 March 2018 Where: Capraia Isola – Livorno (LI), Tuscany – Italy […]

Trail Running In The Aosta Valley

by Maria E. Bellini We recently looked at Italy’s smallest region, the Aosta Valley, where we explored what makes this such a special place for trail running – you can read this post here. Trail running in an alpine environment can be a really rewarding experience, and we’re not only talking ultras – the shorter distances can be equally fulfilling. Races […]

Urban Trails in Florence and Venice

Spring into these sumptuous Italian cities with a fun Urban Trail! A major plus about entering an Urban Trail in Italy, is that you won’t need to rent a car to reach race start.  Running through some of Italy’s cities can be an awe-inspiring experience, and an excellent way to tie in your love of urban trail running together with […]

Come Hell or High Water! Trail del Cinghiale

Words by Maria E. Bellini The Show Must Go On – Trail del Cinghiale An alarming weather forecast of thunderstorms, gales and torrential rain didn’t stop 457 intrepid trail runners standing behind the start line of the Trail del Cinghiale 2017, in Plazzuolo sul Senio – Italy. Thankfully the weather forecast proved slightly off mark, […]

3 Italian Trail Races For a Taste of Wilderness

We all know that Wilderness in south-western Europe is scaled down to small, compact areas. Unlike the vast, sprawling stretches that belong overseas. Yet, our tiny chunks of Wilderness are still spectacular,to be treasured and celebrated in their own rights. Italy has several areas – usually pocket-sized, which we can consider to fall into the […]

Trail del Cinghiale 2017 – The Trail of The Wild Boar

Words by Maria E. Bellini – Photos by Loris Farolfi, Foto Trail Running With a combination of the ancient, rambling wilderness of the Mugello in Tuscany, along with the lively forested hills of Romagna, the setting for the “Trail del Cinghiale“ trail race is by no means ordinary. Runners will be scampering along the trails in […]

5 Springtime Trail Races for 2018

#1 LAGO MAGGIORE INTERNATIONAL TRAIL The Lake Maggiore International Trail will be in its 5th year in 2018. An absolutely magnificent race route, which will take you high above Lake Maggiore, where you will have some seriously crisp, breathtaking views across  mountain tops and the vast expanse of the blue waters of one of Italy’s most […]

Lago Santo Mountain Race – The Spirit of Scotland

In one of the most remote parts of the Tosco-Emiliano Apennines, on Sunday 15th of October, Trail Runners will take to the trails in the first edition of the Lago Santo Mountain Race, organized by Team Mud and Snow. Two routes on offer: a competitive 20Km with 1400m D + and a gentler non competitive […]

Trail del Bucamante – Waterfalls and Amore

by Maria E. Bellini The mysterious Bucamante Waterfalls, in the province of Modena are part of the setting for the long awaited race – the Trail del Bucamante Reloaded 2017. This medium length Trail running event gets down to some serious elevation with over 1900m in 35km! Part of the Uisp Emilia Romagna Trail Series, […]

October 2017 Trails – Early Sunsets and Morning Mists

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 […]

5 Late Summer Sun Kissed Trail Races

Is your ‘runner’s tan’ fading? Chase the sun and head off to these superb late summer – early autumn trail races in Italy. Guaranteed to postpone even a whisper of those winter blues tapping on your door. So jump on a low cost flight, and escape to a weekend of Trail-running Dolce Vita, and stock up on your […]