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Tuscany, Italy

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

The Tuscany region of central Italy is known for its landscapes, history, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Interior sections feature hilltop towns and historical valleys, while the coastal section stretches from just north of Pisa to just south of Grosstto. The approach for our guide to running in Tuscany is to focus on some of the most visited locations, plus some particularly scenic spots in the countryside. Runners should note that interior sections can be very hilly — many of the towns are atop hills! Also, summers can be very hot. Note that we have a separate guide for running in Florence, the capital of Tuscany.

The order of our routes below for the best places to run in Tuscany starts at the northern end and works its way down the coast, with seaside jogs on the coastal “lungo mares” of Maremma, Livorno, Elba Island, Castiglioncello, Carrara, and the Piombino area. See also riverfront routes in Grosseto and Pisa. In the interior, we’ve recommended some of the most scenic spots for running along quiet roads in the famed Strade Bianche in Val d’Orcia and Chianti, plus some favorite ancient canal routes, multi-use trails, parks, and preserves. For ‘runseeing’ tours of Tuscany’s iconic towns, see our routes in Pisa, Lucca, Siena, and Volterra.

Trains and buses connect the main towns, but a car is needed for exploring the famous Tuscan countryside.

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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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Livorno: Waterfront Promenade

Tuscany, Italy

Pleasant seafront promenade run in this city on the western Tuscan coast. It's up to 5.5 between Piazza Mascagni and the Scoglio della Ballerina. Great views of the water, distant islands, and some important Livorno sites.
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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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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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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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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.

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