When is Easter 2019?

Good news for runners as this year Easter should bring us good weather as it falls relatively late on Sunday, April 21. Nearly in May!

Italian Holidays Easter, Labour Day and Mayday

That’s just several days before another Italian public holiday  the “Festa della Liberazione” Liberation Day which marks the end of the Second World War in Italy. It’s quite usual to see many Italian towns decorated with Italian flags, and festive bunting along the streets, along with commemorative ceremonies, and rallies.

Shortly after on the first of May comes another Public holiday: “Festa del Lavoro”, Labour Day. Many large cities across Italy hold open air concerts, one of the biggest being in Rome, Italy’s capital city, which is simple called Primo Maggio.

What’s happening on the Trails?

The Italian trail running calendar is buzzing with events this April and May.
With regards to the mid and end of April, we’ve come up with the following trail races where you can let loose and enjoy working up a sweat in some amazing spaces.

Gargano Trail Running Week

Gargano Running & Trekking Week 2019

Where: Mattinata and the Gargano National Park in Puglia.
When: April 27th – April 28  2019
What is it: Gargano Running Week has evolved to become a major trail running, hiking and nordic walking event.
Three trail distances, 80k with 3050m D+, 34k with 1850m D+, and 15 k with 600m D+
A VK, and long trekking raid, divided in three stages of 30k each, which crosses the entire Gargano; and finally, a Gastro Run, which passes through local olive oil mills

Website: www.garganorunningweek.com
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Gargano Running and Trekking Week 2019

Scott® Ultra Trail Mugello 2019

Where: Badia di Moscheta, Firenzuola, Florence – Tuscany
When: 28 April 2019
What: Two distances, 60km and 3200m D+,  22km and 1280m D+.

The Scott Mugello Trails take place in Tuscany’s Mugello – famed for its fascinating chestnut forests, green pastures and delicate mists. All races start from the Badia di Moscheta.

Special accommodation rates are available for runners and family/friends.
Website: www.ultratrailmugello.it
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UTM - 2019

Laives Trail 2019

Where: Laives, Bolzano, Trentino Alto Adige.
When: 27 April 2019
What:  Laives Trail offers three separate races: The Laives Trail, 51 km and 2700m D+, the Laives Sky Trail  21 km and 1500m D+ and the Laives Trail Experience 10 km. Race routes are all on forest roads and hiking paths between the towns of Laives, Nova Ponente, Aldino and Monte S. Pietro. This is a great chance to experience the culture and tradition of the South Tyrol.
Website: leiferstrail.it
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Laives Trail


Maria E. BelliniMaria Elisabetta Bellini is Italyontrail.com’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.