A Guide To Etiquette On The Trails

Sometimes, it’s hard to feel on top of things whilst competing in a trail race. Feeling Rough On The Trails Think about how you feel after you’ve been running hard for several hours across muddy terrain, or slogging uphill midsummer with no shade, your face will probably have a ridiculous expression and be decorated by […]

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 – “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 […]

Italy – Climate

by Maria E. Bellini There are several factors to take into account when planning your Outdoors holiday to Italy. Whether you’ll be walking, hiking, or running along the trails, self guided or part of a guided trip, or even as a participant in a trail running race. location, which we discuss here terrain altitude elevation […]

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t Trash the Trails – Campaigning for Clean Trails

by Maria E. Bellini If you’ve looked at some Italian Trail race websites, ogled at mesmerising photos of eye-watering steep mountains, poured over endless race regulations, and been puzzled by all sorts of heraldic looking logos, you may have come across the quite simple logo of a white figure running on a green background. It looks […]

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 […]

English to Italian – Mandatory Kit

English to Italian Vocabulary: Mandatory Kit > Materiale Obbligatorio by Maria E. Bellini Mandatory Kit List? Even for an Italian 15k? It’s safe to say that 99.9% of trail races in Italy have a mandatory kit list in their race regulations. Race Directors are stringent and all runners are asked to respect the required race kit and […]

How to Choose the Right “First-Time” Trail Running Race

Why Run a Trail Race in Italy? by Maria E. Bellini Because it’s a stunning country, so diverse from north to south which we write about here  – and which we think will never fail to amaze! Perhaps you’ve looked up the major Italian Trail races. Yes. Those races with a zillion km and about as much ascent that could take […]

So you want to run a Trail race in Italy?

What’s this all about? Trail Running race resources…. by Maria E. Bellini So many random questions can pop into your mind if you consider entering a Trail Race in Italy – how do you say “race bib” in Italian? What will I get at a aid stations? Hey – Will there be aid stations? Seriously – no jelly […]

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 […]