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.