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 […]

Diventando Ultratrailer – Carl Johan Sörman

di Maria E. Bellini Carl Johan Sörman, viene dalla zona di Malmö, nel sud della Svezia. Un luogo che ci può accendere uno scenario dipinto da interni puliti accentati da un certo rigore. Dove l’ubiquità della tecnologia smart è dogma, e dove una fusione di calma-zen alimenta la somma essenza nordica. E poi c’è il […]

Krash Trail – Art, Trails and Vineyards

Modelled into a circular disc of clay lies the story of the Krash Trail race Two clock towers, Brisighella’s to the left and Faenza’s to the right, indicate race start and finish. The explosive form of a trail runner as a central figure between the two. Behind him, a single line illustrates the race profile, a strong […]

AVP 501 – Peaks and Summits

With over 30,000 meters of level gain spread out over 501km, Italy’s longest ultra trail, the AVP501 covers an impressive amount of hills and mountainous terrain. Of Pilgrims and Saints In our previous article regarding the AVP501 endurance trail we saw how the race route crosses many places connected with spirituality and faith. The race […]

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. […]

Parco Nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco Emiliano

Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park This is one of Italy’s youngest 25 national parks. Designated in 2001 the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park covers the stretch of Apennine mountain ridges that joins Emilia-Romagna to Tuscany. In the video, the trails between Parma’s Berceto and Modena’s Lago Santo, along the Long Distance footpath the Alta Via Dei Parchi. By Aereisentieri […]

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, […]

From Espoo to Mount Ventasso, Reggio-Emilia

by Maria E. Bellini Espoo – Finland – Winter 2016 Hans Swahn was wondering what to do with his forthcoming holiday break. He had an incredible three months off work lined up for summer 2017. What was termed as an extended break. He shuffled the papers on his desk, and slowly breathed in the cool, calming environment […]

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 […]

Trail Running Around Dante’s Rock

by Maria E. Bellini Coming up soon on September the 3rd 2017 in Castelnovo ne’ Monti – in the Reggio-Emilia Apennines, is the much loved Trail della Pietra – The ‘Rock Trail’ – and when we say ‘rock‘ – which is the translation of ‘pietra‘… we mean a BIG one… none other than the Bismantova […]

5 Reasons to Run The Ecomaratona Del Ventasso

We won’t lie… this is a tough 42km trail race. With a couple of notoriously steep climbs, the Ventasso Ecomarathon – named after Mount Ventasso – the 1727 meter mountain that runners summit, is demanding. Each July, for the past 15 years the Ventasso Ecomarathon, that takes place in the Reggio-Emilia Apennines in Emilia-Romagna, has welcomed runners […]

Mary Jean Bujdos – Celebrating The Trails

We recently met up with Mary Jean Bujdos from Indiana, Pennsylvania – U.S.A. part of the Indiana Road Runners Club whilst she was here in sunny northern Italy. Mary Jean, an Italian Instructor with St. Francis University was here in Italy for the month of May, and as keen runner was tempted onto the trails…. And at the […]

Ecomaratona del Ventasso – Ventasso Trail Marathon

Experience The History of Trail! Now in it’s 15th year, this is one of Italy’s oldest and most well respected Trail Races. Each year on the second Sunday of July several hundred italian and international trail runners hit the trails in the Appennino Reggiano – Reggio-Emilia’s Apennines – and tackle the grueling 42k race route that […]

A Morning in Badia Prataglia and a Camera

by Maria E. Bellini It was a steaming day here in Parma, a climate more akin to the tropics than to northern Italy. The week look set to be a long one, and even my phone’s ID technology wouldn’t recognize my sweaty index finger as I prodded away at the screen trying to access my messages. Eventually […]

Lizzano Extreme Skyrace – Thrills In the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines

Where Does The Race Take Place? The thrilling Lizzano Extreme Skyrace, extreme not only by name… Set in Emilia-Romagna, the Lizzano Extreme Skyrace takes place on June 18th 2017 – along the demanding trails of the Corno alle Scale Regional Park high up in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines just south of the University City of Bologna. The Corno alle Scale Park, […]

A Giant Foam Salami, Scorching Sun And Wonderful Trails

by Maria E. Bellini Trail del Salame 2017 – 28th May 2017, San Michele Tiorre, Felino – Parma, Italy It’s not that easy to be objective about featuring your own running club’s yearly Trail race. You kind of love it on principle. The underlying humour that seems to be at the core of this hilly trail […]

Salame, Castles, Farms and Trails

The wonderfully named Salame Trail – Trail del Salame, takes place on 28th of May in the rural yet noble setting of Felino, Parma. Now in its seventh year, this year’s event, looks set to be a smasher! Where Does The Race Take Place? The race route will take runners and walkers past the imposing Felino […]

Emilia-Romagna, Authentic and Plentiful

by Maria E. Bellini Where is Emilia-Romagna? Emilia-Romagna, one of Italy’s 20 regions is located in the top half of Italy. To the north of the region lies the flatlands that sprawl out around the River Po. The southern part is mountainous with the Po valley slowly giving way to soft hills that become the vast […]

Let’s Talk Krash Trail – Mayday 2017

Italy on Trail’s Maria Bellini runs the Krash Trail. A point to point trail race in Emilia-Romagna. From Brisighella to Faenza, in the province of Ravenna. Geological Enigma Sweat was dripping off my forehead and corroding my eyes when the compact and friendly looking mountain that goes by the name of Monte Mauro came into […]