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Running in Italy – From Tuscan Trails To The Top Of The Dolomites

Welcome to Italy, where ancient history, picturesque landscapes, and a vibrant running culture combine to create a runner’s paradise. Whether you’re seeking a rejuvenating running holiday, an immersive running retreat, or a focused training camp, Italy offers a diverse range of experiences that cater to every runner’s desire. Lace up your running shoes and prepare to discover the enchanting wonders of Italy, where every step leads to new adventures.

When To Run In Italy

Italy’s temperate Mediterranean climate makes it a delightful destination for running throughout the year. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer mild temperatures, blooming landscapes, and fewer crowds. The summer months of June to August can be warmer, especially in the southern regions, so early morning or evening runs are recommended. Winter (December to February) brings cooler temperatures, particularly in the northern parts of the country, but still provides ample opportunities for invigorating runs.

The Must-Run Spots In Italy

Italy’s cities, countryside, and national parks are teeming with incredible running spots that cater to all preferences. Here are a few must-run destinations to ignite your imagination:

Rome: Run Through History

Embark on a historical journey as you run through the ancient streets of Rome. Marvel at iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Trevi Fountain. Lose yourself in the sprawling Villa Borghese park, where wide paths and lush greenery create a runner’s haven in the heart of the city.

Cinque Terre: Coastal Trail Beauty

Experience the breathtaking coastal trails of Cinque Terre, a collection of picturesque seaside villages perched on the cliffs of the Italian Riviera. Run along the scenic paths that connect the colorful villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, offering stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and terraced vineyards.

Dolomites: Alpine Adventure

For trail running enthusiasts, the Dolomites in northern Italy are a true paradise. Explore the majestic peaks, alpine meadows, and crystal-clear lakes as you navigate the well-marked trails. The Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop and the Alta Via 1 trail are particularly popular among trail runners seeking a challenging and rewarding experience.

Tuscany: Wine Country Trails

Discover the idyllic landscapes of Tuscany as you traverse the rolling hills and vineyards. The Val d’Orcia region offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Run along the famous cypress-lined roads, past charming medieval towns, and savor the essence of Tuscan countryside running.

Run Travel Events in Italy 2023


Run the Alps – Italian Dolomites Tour – June 15 – 22, 2023 (SOLD OUT)

Enjoy some of the best trail running in Europe with the Italian Dolomites! This 8-day run adventure takes you inn to inn (including one remote mountain inn) as you soak in spectacular views of the region along smooth single-track and technical terrain. At night, indulge in hearty local cuisine that’ll give you the energy you need to take on the next day.

Holimites – Trail Running Best of Alta Via 1 & 2 – June 16 – 23, 2023

Cover 85 kilometers and endure 5,000 meters of gain on this 6-stage tour through UNESCO Heritage Dolomites’ most renowned Natural Parks. This is designed to take the more challenge aspects of both Alta Via #1 and #2.

Run the Alps – Courmayeur to Chamonix Trail Run – June 19 – 26, 2023

Head from the rustic Italian village of Courmayeur through Switzerland to Charmonix, home of the legendary UTMB series of trail runs as you take on runs from the Aiguille Rouge nature preserve, up to the high balcony routes on either side of the valley, and even the thrilling “Kilomètre Vertical.”


Holimites – Alta Via 1 – July 6 – 13, 2023

For a more accessible (but still challenging!) Dolomite run adventure, go for Alta Via 1. Made for passionate runners, this 5-stage run covers 87 kilometers and has over 6,000 m of climbing along the Dolomites’ Alta Via #1. This one starts from Braies Lake and ends at Duran Pass.

Runcation – Guided Dolomites Hut To Hut Trail Running Vacation – July 14 – 20, 2023 | July 22 – 28, 2023

Take on the UNESCO World Heritage Italian Dolomites in this gorgeous running retreat. Featuring a hut-to-hut style run along Alta Via 1, you’ll enjoy a week of challenging runs, scenic vistas, and fresh Italian food and drinks… and a constant supply of mountain sunrises and sunsets.

Holimites – Trail Running Best of Alta Via 1 & 2 – July 31 – August 7, 2023


Runcation – Cortina Runcation: Best Trail Runs in the Dolomites – August 5 – 11, 2023

Using Cortina d’Ampezzo as a base camp, you’ll be set to explore all of the trails that make the Dolomites such an unmatched running destination. Enjoy special routes and visit classic landmarks like the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Sorapiss Lake, the Cinque Torri, along with a few more surprises along the way.

Holimites – Alta Via 2 – August 28 – September 4, 2023

For one of Holimites’ most challenging Dolomite-based adventures, try taking on Alta Via 2. Made for mountain trail runner lovers, this 5-stage tour covers 115 km with over 6,000m of gain. The fun starts in Passo delle Erbe and ends in Col di Pra, and you’ll be accompanied by a local guide throughout.


Holimites – Trail Running Best of Alta Via 1 & 2 – September 4 – 11, 2023

Run the Alps – Italian Dolomites Tour – September 7 – 14, 2023


Amazing Running Tours – Dolomites

Experience the Dolomite Mountains of the Italian Alps in this 5-day tour (with three days running) through the Alta Via N.1 trail. Throughout the run adventure, you can stay in rifugios on the mountain, enjoying private accommodations each night, or book custom, luxury accommodations.

From your start at Cortina d’Ampezzo in Northern Italy up through Mt. Marmolada Massif, the “Queen of Dolomites”, this is a spectacular introduction to the mountains.

Holimites – Trail Running Traverse

Hit all of the Dolomite’s most famous locations in this 7-day East-to-West traverse that’ll have you clocking 103 km (64 miles) of trails and 6,500 m (21.300 feet) total ascent

You’ll go from the Sesto di Pusteria at the foot of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, through the Fanes, Sennes, Braies and Puez-Odle Natural Parks, then finish at the Alpe di Siusi meadows.

Runcation – Alps of Slovenia, Dolomites of Italy

Runcation – Dolomites Hut to Hut

Italy running camps

Trail Running Movement – Discovery Stage 5 Terre

Trail Running Movement – Endurance Stage 5 Terre

Trail Running Movement – Aosta Valley

Trail Running Movement – Versilia – Av Apuane Park


Trail Running Factory – Tre Cime Di Lavaredo – September 24 – October 1, 2023

The 5th Trail Running Factory (TRF) camp awaits you in the heart of Dolomiti d’Ampezzo Nature Park, offering an unforgettable experience amidst the majestic Dolomitian Alps. Prepare for the renowned Lavaredo Ultra Trail (LUT) race with the TRF family’s guidance, and savor the chance to participate in “The Delicious Trail Dolomiti” race at the camp’s conclusion. Led by esteemed coach Gediminas Grinius, 2016 Ultra Trail World Tour champion and podium finisher at LUT and Delicious Trail Dolomiti, this international camp welcomes trail running enthusiasts from across the globe. Embark on course reconnaissance, attend informative lectures, and share your passion with the trail running family, all while exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Cristallo, Tofane, Cinque Torri, and the iconic Tre Cime mountains.

Italy running retreats

Holimites – Dolomites Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

Combine breathtaking trails in the Italian Dolomites with luxurious four-star hotels of Sud-Tyrol for a run treat that’s equal parts challenge and relaxation. Traverse the trails of this UNESCO World Heritage Site during the day, then enjoy some great winding down with spas, conversation, and wine.

Run Wild Retreats – Italian Dolomites Trail Running Retreat – July 8 – 14, 2023 [SOLD OUT]

Take on the Dolomites in this 7-day trail running retreat that includes luxury wellness hotels, mindful running, spas and pampering, gourmet Italian food, and a focus on mindfulness. Explore sections of both Alta Via 1 and 2 while practicing mindful running techniques that’ll help you as much for racing as they do for your next life goal.

Expand Your Running Horizons

Italy is just the beginning of a world filled with extraordinary running adventures. Discover the stunning trails of New Zealand’s South Island, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Japan, or conquer the iconic Inca Trail in Peru. Lace up and explore the world, where your running journey will intertwine with unforgettable travel experiences.

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