June featured events

 Emilia Romagna - The Ecopanoramica dei due Santi is held in San Leo, a town near Rimini on the Adriatic sea. It is a point-to-point run on a 26k distance, also open to a 2-runner relay, virtually with no traffic. As the name of the event implies ("the ecological and panoramic run of the two saints"), the course goes from one saint to the other, the finish being in San Marino, the smallest Republic in Europe completely contained within the Italian territory. Entry fee is 5 euro.

 Friuli Venezia Giulia - Starting from Tarvisio, near Udine, the Berg Lauf Tarvisio is an international 11k uphill mountain race ending up near the Monte Lussari sanctuary. Since the XVI Century this place has been the destination of pilgrimages of Slavics, Italians and Germans; today is also paired with a hostel featuring eleven graceful rooms to experience the naturalistic beauty of this pristine environment. Once the race is over, participants can return back via cablecar.

 Friuli Venezia Giulia - If you are a history buff, then the Trail del Carso, 32 cippi per ricordare in Gradisca d'Isonzo is the race for you. The 14k and 7k trail courses have been designed to explore the sites of many of the World War I battles. The event name means "32 memorial stones to remember" and winds through the open-air museum of the mount San Michele sacred area featuring carved stones to remember Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers killed in action in 1916.

 Lazio - The Notturna dei ceri ("The night run of the wax candles") is held in Rieti. It is a night-time 10k through the streets and the alley of the medieval city, all lit up. It is a unique opportunity to explore Rieti at night. The event starts at 9 pm in piazza San Francesco. The entry fee is 10 euro with a prize for every participant.

 Lazio - We are all familiar with the idiom "When in Rome, do as the Romans do", but did you know that, before the city of Rome was founded, a vast area corresponding to the regions of Tuscany, Umbria and northern Lazio in modern-day Italy were the cradle of the Etruscan civilization? Pre-dating the ancient Romans, this civilization dates from 700 bC until roughly 400 bC, when newly arrived Romans and Etruscans clashed (the Romans won and gradually the Etruscans disappeared). The 13k Etrurian Trail starts from the largest ancient necropolis in the Mediterranean area, the Necropoli della Banditaccia in Cerveteri, near Rome, a Unesco World Heritage Site encompassing about a thousand tombs.

 Lombardia - For those enamoured with the F1 Grand Prix, the Marcia di Formula al 1 offers the occasion to run and walk on the same race track that each year hosts the motor racing battle that often sees the Ferrari team conquer the victory. The running event in the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, near Milano, features four different distances - 14k, 9k, 5.8k and 2.4k - on the race tracks and in the woodland settings of the Royal Villa of Monza park.

 Lombardia - Do you want to put yourself in the shoes of a blind runner? The Corsa-camminata bendata is an experimental event where you run blindfolded, for a change, with a partner that guides you with a short rope so you can appreciate running with all the senses but one. The event is a 2k, and it is all within the safety of the Conca Fallata park in Milano. Bring your own scarf.

 Lombardia - The town of Lecco, located at the end of the south-eastern branch of Lake Como, has always been associated with its two most important symbols: the wonderful lake and Mount Resegone. The ResegUp starts from the shore of the lake and touches the summit of Resegone, where you could see as far as Milano and its cathedral, retracing an historical trail on a spectacular up-and-down 24k route through the woods.

 Piemonte - Monferrato, part of the region of Piemonte in Northern Italy, is one of the most famous Italian wine regions in the world, especially regarding red wines and sparkling wines - think Barbera d'Asti, Asti spumante, Moscato d'Asti, Cortese, Malvasia, and Grignolino. The Quattro colli Monferrato held in Camagna features a 15k competitive run and a 7k fun run on a panoramic course through this Unesco World Heritage site. At the end runners will have the possibility of eating at a local restaurant at a special price. Did we mention that Monferrato is also famous for its truffles?

 Sardegna - The Sardinia Trail in Ogliastra is an ultratrail between mountains and sea, famous for crossing unique landscapes, among the most beautiful and varied of the Mediterranean sea. Divided into three stages for a total of about 100 kilometers and 4000 meters of ascent, the course goes from the highest peak on the island, Punta La Marmora, on the Gennargentu mountain, to the white beach of Perd'e Pera on the coast along mule tracks, routes and steep passages.

 Toscana - The Pistoia-Abetone is held in Pistoia. It is one of the most famous Italian ultramarathons. The course is a point-to-point one, mostly uphill, finishing in the ski town of Abetone. It is 50k in lenght but there are intermediate finish lines at 14k, 30k and 47k if you want to stop sooner. Along with these options, there is also a fitwalking (20k) and a hiking event.

 Toscana - For runners, it does not get more Florence than this. Discover the magic atmosphere of Firenze historical center and its monuments. The Notturna di San Giovanni is one of the most ancient street races in Italy, organized during the celebrations for the patron saint of Florence. Traditionally the race takes place at night with start and arrival in piazza San Giovanni in front of the Cathedral. The very large public of Florentines and tourists creates a unique frame together with the beauty of Florence itself.

 Toscana - Imagine running on the same trails walked by Saint Francis of Assisi and passing by the very same place where he received the stigmata on September 17, 1224. This is what the Trail delle foreste di Badia Prataglia offers to the participants running on the 67k course. The event also features shorter distances - 25k, 14h, 13k, 5k, and a minitrail run for the kids - all within the gorgeous national park of the Casentino forests, in Tuscany.

 Veneto - The Cortina-Dobbiaco Run is a real experience for all senses. The point-to-point 30k race starts from Cortina d'Ampezzo, the Queen of the Dolomites, and follows the old railway track, slightly uphill on a dirt road, through galleries and bridges that seem suspended in mid-air. All this always with the Dolomites at the side, and up to Passo Cima Banche, the highest point of the race, which separates the provinces of Belluno and Bolzano. The route starts then its descent towards the Landro lake, passing in front of the majestic Tre Cime di Lavaredo, universal symbol of this place, and the alpine Dobbiaco lake, a sign that the finishing line is getting closer.

 Veneto - The Dolomiti Extreme Trail in Forno di Zoldo (Belluno), right in the heart of the Dolomites, features three high-altitude events: a 103k ultramarathon, a 53k and a 23k trail runs. It is a magical journey, full of emotions, in an uncontaminated environment declared a Unesco World Heritage site. Due to its circular structure, the Val di Zoldo boasts a ring-shaped route that allows one to touch some of the most spectacular dolomite massifs that crowns the valley: the Mezzodž group, the San Sebastiano and Tamer mountains, the Moiazza, the Civetta, mount Pelmo, the Bosco Nero group, and mount Rite with the "Museum in the Clouds" (Messner Mountain Museum).

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