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 […]

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 […]

UTMB® 2018 – Going For a Win in The Lottery

You may have entered a certain ‘Christmas Lottery’ that’s taking place right now – from 14th of December to 3rd January 2018. Like other lotteries, this one involves numbers: “171” and 10,300” being two of the key numbers that make up the ‘prize’. So what do you win? Just a medium sized square made from […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Fall In Love With Lake Como

Lake Como – Enjoy Some Tantalizing Lakeside Adventures Italy on Trail THE FACTS: The lake is shaped like an upside down Y Lake Como is also known as Lake Lario in Italian It’s Italy’s deepest lake In its entirety, there are 100 miles of coastline Lake Como has some highly picturesque towns along its shore, with everything from […]

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 […]

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 […]