September featured events

 Liguria - The Marcia del villeggiante is a fun run dedicated - as its name says - to those that are still vacationing in the small town of Sant'Olcese, in the Liguria region, a few miles north of Genoa. In addition to a nice 7k course, all participants will receive one delicious "salame di Sant'Olcese", the traditional pork and beef salami flavored with garlic and black pepper.

 Lombardia - The city where the Moscato di Scanzo Trail takes place, Scanzorosciate, near Bergamo, may not be easy to pronounce, but the event is worth the trouble. This 20k trail run features a course on the hills and along the 31-hectar vineyards where the Moscato di Scanzo Docg is produced, on an up-and-down road smelling of ripe grapes. This is an exclusive wine (one of the few to get its own Italian commemorative postal stamp) as it is the only moscato made from red grapes, originating from a vine introduced by the Greeks around the year 1000 bC.

 Molise - The Tappino-Altilia half marathon is held in Campobasso. The 13.1-mile race ends in the Samnite town of Altilia (Saepinum), a town captured by the Romans in 293 bC. Within the old walls are the remains of a theatre and other buildings, including temples of Jupiter and Apollo.

 Piemonte - The Trail del Moscato is held in Santo Stefano Balbo, near Cuneo. The area is renown for Muscat grapes, and the courses, all on dirt roads will bring the participants through the vineyards of this Unesco World Heritage Site. This event features a 50k ultramarathon, a 20k and a shorter 11k option. Lunch is included for all runners.

 Piemonte - The Trail del Parco delle Alpi Marittime will be held in Valdieri, in the province of Cuneo. This is a 30k trail very panoramic run with more than one mile of elevation difference in a beautiful Alpine park. The race starts at 8 in the morning. The entry fee is 36 euro.

 Toscana - Running and shopping united at last with the Fashion marathon, La mezza del Valdarno Fiorentino, a half marathon in the Valdarno region where natural beauty goes along with the presence of some of the world's top fashion houses. The start is at The Smart Gallery, a mall in the shadow of the Torre del Castellano, one of the most beautiful castles around Firenze, overlooking the river Arno valley and dating back to the year 927. The mall itself features extremely competitive prices, free multilingual shopping assistants, and tax-free items.

 Toscana - The Gara a peso in Prato, near Firenze, is a unique 8k timed event where 3-runner teams compete in 8 different weight category - from up to 170 kilograms (390 pounds) to more than 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of combined mass. The course is completely flat. The occasion is perfect for heavy runners to form a team and have a chance of winning by being the fastest within their category, of course after having posed for a memorable photo on the scale before the start.

 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.

 Umbria - Porta Nuova, Porta Cappuccini, Porta Perlici, Porta San Giacomo, Porta San Francesco, Porta San Pietro, and Porta Mojano: these the eight historic doors along the walls that protected Assisi. The 7k course of the Marcia delle otto porte allows the participants to run by all of them, in a fascinating night run that winds through the birthplace of St. Francis (who founded the Franciscan religious order in 1208) and of St. Chiara (the founder of the Poor Sisters).

 Valle d'Aosta - In the French-speaking Aosta valley, the Tor des Géants is an international 7-day 330k non-stop ultramarathon that will showcase all the region's majestic mountains, such as the Gran Paradiso, the Monte Rosa, the Cervino, and the Monte Bianco (the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest peak in Europe). No more than 40% of Italians are allowed to be among the participants, so if you like ultrarunning here is your chance. The start is in Courmayeur, one of Europe's most famous ski locations, and trail runners will have 150 hours to complete the feat.

 Veneto - One of the off-the-beaten-path attractions in the Veneto region is the Albarella island, a place surrounded by unspoilt natural landscapes. The Podistica Isola di Albarella, along with its 10k magnificent course, offers all participants free whole-day access to the island situated in the northern part of the Veneto Regional Park, where the river Po runs into the Adriatic sea, an area rich in flora and fauna, land of unique produce such as clams and radicchio. At the end of the run, participants will enjoy a traditional Rice Party.

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