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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Selection of Trails – Chasing The Sun

If you’re traveling to Italy this September, why not try one of these end of summer trail races? September – What makes this a good month for an Italian trail race? Well, the heat will have eased off significantly. The holiday crowds will be less – in respect to July and August. Hotel and accommodation prices should be lower […]

5 Reasons To Be Part Of The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail Experience

Whether you run the full 120km of the The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail or whether you go for the medium distance of the Cortina Trail, or whether you wish to run fast and hard in the Cortina Skyrace… or even if you are ‘just’ there to accompany trail running friends or family. Whatever the […]

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 […]

Preparing for the Trails in Italy with Martin John Trout

Interview by Maria E. Bellini Spring is in full swing, with the sun eagerly knocking at the door, as hot Italian weather seeps into everyday life. Escape to the trails and you won’t be alone. Outdoor lovers are out and about as the hiking and trail running season sprightly blossoms into summer. I tracked down […]

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 […]

Contemplating the UTMB® – Chasing a dream

Fabrizio Foglia lives in Tabiano Bagni – in the hilly countryside near the city of Parma, Emilia-Romagna – Italy. Passionate about mountains and sport he initially took up Trail running as part of cross-training in preparation for mountaineering and cross-country skiing. Fabrizio has participated in over 30 Cross-country ski marathons including the Marcialonga. Ultrarunner since 2009, Fabrizio has participated in over 100 […]

The Wonder of Lake Garda

Elegance Along the Shores and in the Hills Italy on Trail THE FACTS: Italy is a country which is packed with ‘must visit’ destinations, which we write about here, but one of the most famous of the natural landscapes is certainly Lake Garda. Along with Como, Garda is probably one of the world’s most famous […]

Orsomarso – Extreme Wilderness in the South of Italy

by Maria E. Bellini THE FACTS: Where in Italy? Seemingly complacent in the Pollino National Park of Calabria, lies the vast Orsomarso mountain range. With summits resting at an altitude of nearly 2000m above sea level. The Orsomarso, peacefully undisturbed, sprawls across 600 Square Kilometres of uninhabited wilderness. This remote area is covered by the […]

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 […]

UTMB® – 2017 ballot results announced

Italy – 12 January 2017 The UTMB® 2017 race entry list was announced today, as the results of the registration ballot were published online at 10.00am (GMT+1). With only 2300 places available means it’s a tough race to get into. Considered to be The Mecca of Trail Races – The UTMB®  has grown substantially from the 700 […]

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 […]

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 […]