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Our Guide To Some of the Best Places to Run in Tuscany

The Tuscany region of central Italy, bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea, is a world famous destination for its scenery, Renaissance artwork, and — of course — wine. From the leaning tower of Pisa, to the vineyards of Chianti, to the sparkling coast of Castiglione, the region offers a diversity of reasons to visit. Given the size and beauty of the region, it’s impossible to cover all the best spots, but we’ve tried to put together a guide to some of the best places to run in Tuscany.

While there is plenty of great running in the Tuscan capital of Florence (see our guide), other running routes abound throughout the region. Take a seaside jog on the coastal “lungo mares” of Maremma, Livorno, Elba Island, or Carrara, dash around the city walls of Lucca, run the riverfront in Grosseto or Pisa, or explore ancient canal routes and scenic running trails.

It’s possible to travel across Tuscany in just a few hours. The train is an easy and affordable option to see the main towns, but if you plan to visit the smaller villages or do any trail running, a car is needed. Busses do travel to many of the villages, but you may have to make a connection or two depending on where you’re going.

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Strade Bianche of Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy

This network of unpaved, quiet roads winding through the Tuscan countryside are fantastic for running. We've researched some of the most beautiful of these, which are a great option since many of the main roads aren't safe for running.
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Walls of Lucca

Tuscany, Italy

A 5 km around the green parks atop the walls surrounding the city of Lucca. This run offers a nice tour of the city and a panorama of the gorgeous surrounding scenery. Best to go early or off-peak to avoid the crowds.
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Florence Running Highlights

Tuscany, Italy

Several great routes in Florence: two historic 'runseeing' toutes, a run up to the Piazzale Michelangelo, the tree-lined streets and paths of the Arno River, beautiful Cascine Park, quieter Oltrarno, and the nearby Etruscan town of Fiesole.
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Florence to Fiesole: Road Run

Tuscany, Italy

The 7 km hilly run to the Etruscan town Fiesole is in the steps of E.M. Forster's book, 'A Room with a View'. Some streets are narrow. Can run one way and take transport back. We've also put together a couple of routes in Fiesole.
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Pistoia and Prato

Tuscany, Italy

The nearby towns of Pistoia and Prato are often part of a Florence itinerary. In Pistoia, run in Villoni Puccini, a lovely city park with ~3 km of paths. In Prato, nice path along the river, the Parco di Galceti, and hill running in Natural Protected Area of Monteferrato.
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Elba Island

Tuscany, Italy

This unique island destination includes great running along the Marina di Campo promenade and many nearby coastal trails. Also some more challenging trail running options on Monte Capanne.
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Lago di Bilancino (Mugello)

Tuscany, Italy

A beautiful artificial lake in the Mugello region, the Lago di Bilancino is a great spot to run in a scenic spot brimming with wildlife. Runners can get in a nice 10 km around the lake, starting from Barberino di Mugello square.
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Walls of Lucca

Tuscany, Italy

A 5 km around the green parks atop the walls surrounding the city of Lucca. This run offers a nice tour of the city and a panorama of the gorgeous surrounding scenery. Best to go early or off-peak to avoid the crowds.
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Where to stay in Tuscany depends largely on how much time you have, what you want to see, and how you plan to get around. DiscoverTuscany.com has a good guide to help you decide where to stay,

Put simply, most tourists choose to stay in Florence, or somewhere between there and Siena. This affords lots of opportunities to travel to hotspots like Pisa, Lucca, and Chianti.

There are some shoe and sportswear shoes in Florence, but you won’t find many outside of there.

For a group run/tour, tag along with Go Running Tours Florence. Their runs are a great way to explore Tuscany on foot while getting some exercise.

Check out RunninginItaly.com for upcoming races and running events in Tuscany.