Trail races with ample cut-off times

by Maria E. Bellini This article originally appeared in Ultrarunning World 12 Time, time, time: “I shall be too late!” Depending on our level of mental clarity, chilometres, metres and minutes may all turn out to become the toxic ingredients of a thick soup of despair, slowly simmering away in our mind. Some of us […]

How to Choose You First Italian Ultra

Just glancing through ItalyOnTrail.com’s Race calendar will bring up more than 300 races. As you browse through our race information pages, visit the race websites and look at photos and videos, you’ll come across plenty of amazing ultras, as Italy really does have some pretty beautiful and varied scenery. It can be quite a challenge just […]

Italy on Trail Welcomes Martin John Trout

The Scent of The Trail Originally from London U.K., Martin J. Trout has been living in Italy since the nineties. He divides his time between the glamorous world of the global fragrance market and the more grittier and rougher world of the Outdoors. An all round Adventurer: Martin is an accomplished ultra runner, mountaineer, ski […]

10 Curious Facts About The Dolomites

by Maria E. Bellini We recently covered the Dolomites in Our Introduction to the Dolomites article. This stunning landscape of pinnacles, steep ridges, jagged rock, vertical faces, deep gorges and plenty of scree, is visited by thousands every year. Always curious regarding this Unesco World Heritage Site, we couldn’t resist bringing you some lesser known facts… #1 […]

Italy – “Sagra” and Festivals

Festivals and Holidays – what to consider when planning a walking, hiking or running holiday to Italy. by Maria E. Bellini Gone are the days when the majority of Italian towns and cities would ‘close’ for August as Italians headed off to the coast taking a months long holiday, but even so, it still makes […]

Italy – Where to go?

Location – what to consider when planning a walking, hiking or running holiday to Italy. by Maria E. Bellini In our previous article we looked at the Italian climate – vital in planning your Outdoors holiday to Italy. Extreme weather conditions, can be the ruin of a many a holiday, specially if you’re planning on […]

Piedmont – Mountains, Good Food & Wine

by Maria E. Bellini Where is Piedmont? Sprawled over the north-western part of Italy, sharing some of its mountains with France and Switzerland – Italy’s second largest region: Piedmont or Piemonte, as it’s called in Italian, also shares its borders with the Italian regions of Valle D’Aosta, Liguria and Lombardy, and for a tiny part with […]

An Introduction to C.A.I. Italy’s Mountaineering Association

by Maria E. Bellini C.A.I. The Italian Alpine Club – Taking Care of Italy’s Trails and More This is the first, in a series of articles about “C.A.I. Club Alpino Italiano”, Italy’s principle Mountaineering Association. Here we present a brief overview of what C.A.I. is all about. About C.A.I. The main Italian association responsible for the maintenance […]

“Signing Up” for an Italian Trail Event!

How To Do “Race Registration” The Italian Way by Maria E. Bellini So you’ve decided that you want to run a Trail race in Italy! Nearly all Italian Trail running events will have an early bird policy set up with several cut off dates whereby race entry fees will increase. This is usually clearly indicated in […]

Italy – Motorways

by Maria E. Bellini It’s likely that you’ll have to rent a car if you fly to Italy. Especially if that incredible trail race that caught your eye some months back starts in a quaint yet slightly obscure mountain village in a remote valley. Getting from the airport to that undefined part of Italy must have […]

Dolomites – Lets get started

Dolomites at a Glance by Maria E. Bellini Where are they? The Italian Dolomites – the spectacular, vast mountain range is part of the Alps in north eastern Italy. Extending over three regions: Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, they attract thousands of adventure enthusiasts each year. The Dolomites are not to be considered as a continuous […]

Italy – Airports

by Maria E. Bellini When organising your trail running or walking holidays to Italy, it’s easier to fly to the airport nearest your final destination. Italy has plenty of International airports served both by both full service and low cost airlines. Many have seasonal flights, and are subject to timetable changes, so it’s always worth to do […]

Italy – 20 regions, all unique

101 Italy on Trail – The Basics! A Bit of History by Maria E. Bellini If you’ve visited different parts of Italy, you wouldn’t be misjudged if you privately considered the country to be made up of twenty, separate, smaller countries. Differences between regions can be huge. You may have noticed a strong regional pride […]

Italy – land of harmony and contrast

101 Italy on Trail – Trails…the basics! Italy really is a spectacular place for being outdoors – be it trail running, hiking or walking. A country with nearly two thirds of it’s iconic lands composed of  hills and mountains – all differing greatly in types of terrain, variety of landscape and gradients. The Italian low lands […]

The Apennines – how this vast range is divided

101 Italy on Trail – Mountains – The Basics! by Maria E. Bellini The Apennines form an arc shape that runs down the length of Italy. Often referred to as Italy’s backbone, and with good reason too, as they stretch over approximately 930 miles (approx 1,500km) starting in the coastal region of Liguria right down […]

The Partition of the Alps

101 Italy on Trail – Mountains – the basics! by Maria E. Bellini “The Partition of the Alps” Stretching approximately 1,200 km across eight countries –  France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Slovenia, the Alps are Europe’s largest mountain range forming a rainbow shaped arc that touches along all of northern Italy. Along with the Apennines, the Alps form […]

An Introduction to the Alps and Apennines

101 Italy on Trail – Mountains – The Basics! by Maria E. Bellini Introducing Italy’s two major mountain ranges…the mighty Alps and the wild Apennines…Both offer plenty of spectacular trails and routes that will fuel your love for trail running and hiking in incredible settings at whatever speed you wish. The Alps cover the width of […]