Favorite Route Lists

25 Favorite Runs in Italy

Italy is a favorite travel destination, and it’s also great for running. Nearly every major city features a classic river path, well-preserved historic areas, and significant parks. Great Runs has developed guides to the best places to run in nine major Italian cities: Bari, Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Rome, Turin, and Venice. We also have guides to several regions — Tuscany, Sicily, and Sardinia — that  include numerous smaller cities and towns. So here’s our runners’ Italy bucket list: Our favorite routes, some of them selected because they’re unique, one-of-a-kind runs. It’s organized in alphabetical order, by location.

Arno River Run

Florence, Italy

A spectacular running experience, especially if you go early. Central section has wonderful tree-lined walkways with great views from the bridges. Further west and east sections have gravel paths. We've mapped 15 km along the river.
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Beigua UNESCO Global Geopark

Genoa, Italy

The largest protected natural area in Liguria. There are some 500 km of trails, some great for running, others more for trail running or hiking. See our top recommendations. Park site has great info and downloadable maps.
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Corso Italia

Genoa, Italy

One of several pleasant waterfront promenades in Genoa, the Passeggiata Corso Italia runs between the Foce and Boccadasse neighborhoods, for a 5.2 km out and back. Wide, festive path with great water, city, and mountain views.
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Portofino and Rapallo Coastal Run

Genoa, Italy

Popular coastal fishing village 30 km southeast of Genoa. The signature run is the 5.5 km between Santa Margherita and Portofino. Beautiful views from well-sidewalked coastal road. Can also run additional 3.5 km to Rapallo. Tons of trail running opps in area.
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Amalfi Coast: Path of the Gods

Naples, Italy

A great destination run for trail runners visiting Naples. This beautiful 8 km (one way) path extends along oceanfront cliffs between Positano and Bomerano on the Amalfi Coast. It's 70 km from Naples, best reached by car.
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Villa Doria Pamphili

Rome, Italy

Rome’s largest park, contains a stunning, mid- 17th century palace surrounded by garden mazes, jogging trails, fabulous fountains, a superb grotto, and pine lined views of Rome from atop the Janiculum hill.
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Cagliari: Beach, Waterfront, Parks!

Sardinia, Italy

Cagliari is the capital and largest city of Sardinia, and one of the most popular tourist areas on the island. We've mapped six distinct routes, including runs along the beach, waterfront paths, several interior parks, and a 'runseeing' tour of the city's historical highlights.
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Alghero

Sardinia, Italy

Wonderful waterfront running in a coastal city of Alghero known for its beaches, colorful architecture, and sea walls surrounding markets of amazing fresh food. Wide beaches, cycling paths, and coastal trail runs with great views.
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Parco La Mandria

Turin, Italy

Gorgeous running in the second largest enclosed park in Europe! Create your own run on the beautifully landscaped grounds and paths around the baroque La Venaria Reale and Castello de La Mandria. Options for some wilder, more remote paths and small roads.
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Stupingi Natural Park

Turin, Italy

A verdant treat for running on the grounds of this former hunting lodge 10 km southwest of Turin. Anchored by the wide paths and grand gardens of the Palazzina, there straight shot roads/paths running through woodland and agricultural land, 5 km long and 4 km wide.
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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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Strade Bianche of Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy

This network of unpaved, quiet roads winding through the Tuscan countryside is 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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Giudecca

Venice, Italy

One of the best places to run in Venice might be ACROSS from Venice. The waterfront run on the island of Giudecca offers great views of Zaterre and San Marco. 4 km out and back, or 6.5 km with loop of the Sacca Fisola.
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