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. This is generally more perceivable in the south. Temperatures during the daytime can be significantly higher than at night.
We’ve recently updated our March trail race calendar and here we bring you a selection of our favourite trail races, nearly all have race information in English on their website which makes planning your Italian trail running adventure all that much easier.
Enjoy and don’t forget to check the FULL March 2018 calendar with links to separate race information pages.
What else is happening in March 2018 ?
- Italy votes in the general election of March 4th
- Women’s Day on March 8th
- Palm Sunday is on 25th of March
- The clocks go forward on the night between 24th and 25th March
#1 COURMAYEUR WINTER ECO NIGHT TRAIL
Don’t be taken in by this short distance…. have you seen the level gain?! 1500m D+ in wintery conditions on Mont Blanc’s ski slopes is what it’s all about!
When: 3 March 2018
Where: Courmayeur, Aosta (AO) Aosta Valley – Italy
Distance / elevation gain: 13km / 1500m –
- Fantastic short but testing race
- Night time running
- Nearest airports: Fly to Turin or Milan Malpensa
- Chill out in Courmayeur, and enjoy the Aosta Valley in winter.
- Take to the slopes!
#2 DOLOMITI WINTER TRAIL
The Dolomiti Winter Trail takes place in Lavarone on the Alpe Cimbra. Two race routes are available. Team up with a partner and you can choose to run as part of a team on the longer route.
When: 4 March 2018
Where: Lavarone – Trento (TN), Trentino Alto Adige – Italy
Distance / elevation gain: 22km /900m
Other distances: 12k/400m
email: contact form on website
- Nearest airports: Fly to Verona, Treviso or Venice
- Take part in one of the many sports activities on offer in the Alp Cimbra area. Sledog, cross country skiing, fat bike, baby trekking, snowshoeing and alpine ski to name but a few.
- Explore your surroundings! The Alpe Cimbra, in the south-eastern part of Trentino is made up of three main areas: Lavarone, Folgaria and Luserna you can read more about this fascinating area – which has it’s own language, and comes from a long history of Cimbric-Germanic influences and rule – HERE.
#3 FLORENCE URBAN TRAIL
This Urban Trail takes place in Florence – and hosts a variety of distances to satisfy all, making a perfect event for an early spring city break to fab Florence!
When: 2-3 March 2018
Where: Florence (Fi), Tuscany – Italy – Italy
Distances / elevation gain: 13km by night, 42km, 80km, Ultra Challenge, Super Challenge, and Florence Urban Walking.
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- Great website with full explanations in English
- See Florence – run Florence and enjoy Florence!
- Nearest airports: Florence or Pisa
- Stay in Florence and take in all the sights… visit the famous Uffizi Galleries, see Michelangelo’s David and stroll along the River Arno
#4 TRAIL DEL MARGANAI
Three distances to choose from in this early spring race, which will take you through the fascinating Marganai forest in south west Sardina.
When: 11 March 2018
Where: Domusnovas, Carbonia-Iglesias (CI), Sardinia
Distance / elevation gain: 52km
Other distances: 27k – 17k
- Race through archeological sites, caves and wild forests! See some race pics HERE.
- Nearest airports: Fly to Cagliari
- A great chance to discover the fantastic island of Sardina – in March, you’ll be in low season, which is a great time to enjoy the island all to yourself. Read HERE for more information about Sardinia.
#5 CHIANTI ULTRA TRAIL
2018 will be the first edition for the Chianti Ultra Trail. Run along Tuscany’s peaceful trails, spring will be just approaching and this Ultra could be a perfect race for a weekend break to Italy.
When: 25 March 2018
Where: Radda in Chianti – Siena (SI), Tuscany – Italy
Distance / elevation gain: 73km / 2500m
Other distances: 37k / 1200m D+, & 15k / 600mD+ , and run walk/nordic walking event
- You’ll be running in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Through woods, vineyards, and the famous Sienese hills
- Dedicated hotels and accommodation for participants
- You can visit the wineries that produce Chianti Classico
- Nearest airports: Fly to Pisa, Florence, Rome
- Enjoy wine based events at the Chianti Museum
#6 AMALFI CAOST TRAIL
A truly incredible location for a unique running experience. A wonderful way to mix trail running,with holiday to this intriguing part of Italy.
When: 23 March to 1 April 2018
Where: Positano – Salerno (SA), Campania – Italy
Distance / elevation gain: various stages, see programme in English, in French, and in Italian
Other distances: walking events
- A great race for a relaxing break to the stunning south of Italy
- Nearest airports: Fly to Naples
- You can find some genuine Italian glamour with the glitzy air of “La Bella Vita” on the swanky islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida.
- While you’re in Naples and visit the vast archeological site of Pompei or if you prefer, the smaller Ercolano.
- Take time out to capture the beauty of Sorrento, this classy town is a popular place with visitors, and has been since the 18th century and the days of the Grand Tour.
#7 CAPRAIA ROCK TRAIL
Italyontrail.com covers the Capraia Rock Trail HERE. Race takes place on this Tuscan island, which boasts one of the lowest population density rates in the whole of the Mediterranean. The island only has one small road. A very short road not even a kilometer long! A walker’s paradise with numerous trails. Read our full Capraia guide for a complete picture.
When: 25 & 26 March 2018
Where: Capraia Isola – Livorno (LI), Tuscany – Italy
Distance / elevation gain: 24km / 1400m D+
Other distances: 14km / 700m D+ and Kids Trail at 2km
- You may feel as if the island is all yours!
- Special hotel room rates and packages for runners
- Nearest airports: Fly to Pisa, Genoa, Bologna or Florence. Then take the ferry from Livorno. You do not need a car on the island.
- Stay in Capraia and explore the island’s many treasures at a slower pace. The trails are well marked and there are plenty of opportunities for walks or runs.
- Visit the island’s ex penal colony, which was in use up until 1986! You can see a collection of photos HERE
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.