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 PietraThe ‘Rock Trail’ – and when we say ‘rock‘ – which is the translation of ‘pietra… we mean a BIG one… none other than the Bismantova Rock – the fascinating geological spur that sprouts out of the ground quite unlike anything else on the horizon. In fact it gives runners such a spell-binding vision that there’s also a road race that takes place in June, “Giro della Pietra di Bismantova” which we cover here.

The Trail della Pietra offers a friendly distance of 23km with 1200m ascent, meaning that it shouldn’t leave you whacked out (If you’ve done your training!), therefore you should be left with plenty of energy to explore the wonderful trails of the Bismantova Rock again and agian… or head up to nearby Mount Ventasso or Mount Cusna for some more run-hiking.

Race Details – Run Those Scenic Trails…

Alongside the main event, there’ll be a “Short Trail” 13km with 700m D+, a Nordic Walking route of 7km with 400m D+ and a Mini Trail for kids.

What Sort Of Terrain Can You Expect?

The long and short distance Trails only have 5% roads, the rest being trails, single track, and woodland paths. The race route takes place within the Parco Nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco-Emiliano along the trails of the Bismantova Rock.

The Bismantova Rock…. Said to have inspired Medieval Italian poet and philosopher: Dante Alighieri’s “Mount Purgatory” in his epic trilogy the Divina Commedia, it’s an impressive sight and a popular destination for rock climbing and hiking.

For More Info

Race website:
Sign up:
Facebook: Trail della Pietra

IMG by Trail Della Pietra
IMG by Trail Della Pietra

Want To Know More?

Pietra di Bismantova: (in English)
The Appennino Reggiano: (in English)

Practical Info

Nearest Airport: Bologna
Nearest City: Reggio Emilia

After The Race

Unwind in the September Tyrol Festival that’s taking place the same day. Beer is guaranteed!

Maria E. BelliniMaria Elisabetta Bellini is’s founder, born in the U.K, she came to running whilst living in Italy, where she still lives and trains. Never ceasing to marvel at what’s at the summit of a hill, or around the bend along the trail, she loves using trail running as a means to explore nature, contemplation and Italy.