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 […]

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 […]

UTMB® – 2018 Ballot Results Announced

by Maria E. Bellini The UTMB® 2018 race entry list was announced today, as the results of the registration ballot were published online at 10.00am (GMT+1). With a limited number of places available across all events making it a tough race to get into…. let alone – run! Registrations closed on January 3rd with entry numbers running […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Adam Hewey – Experiencing Food and the Trails

Adam Hewey is a busy person! Between training and racing – he recently placed 24th (in 31:50) at the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run 2017, co-directing the Needles 50k in Washington (which took place just a week after the Hardrock!), organizing the Cascade Crest 100 in August, writing for cascadiadam.blogspot.it and running a successful food company, Adam […]

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 […]

Martin Trout – A Gentleman on the Trails

Interview by Maria E. Bellini Meet Martin John Trout – an Ultra runner and Mountaineer living in Italy. Originally from Harrow, London U.K. Martin has been working in the Perfume Industry for over 30 years. Married with two children, and a long-haired Jack Russell terrier (who is also his training partner), Martin is often to be found on the trails! Other than running […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cinque Terre

Five Enchanting Villages Joined By Sublime Trails by Maria E. Bellini THE FACTS: Where in Italy? Neatly tucked away in Italy’s Liguria region, the Cinque Terre are located just several miles east of La Spezia, one of Italy’s largest naval cities. The five main villages that make up the Cinque Terre are: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, […]