Running the length of 42 kilometres plus 195 metres, the Firenze Marathon is now a drawcard for thousands of runners worldwide eager to participate in one of the top 20 marathons in the world.
The marathon’s route takes you by landmarks of standout beauty, passing right by the Cathedral Square, Piazza della Signoria, and Ponte Vecchio before entering the majestic Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. Combine this with views over the enchanting Italian hills and countryside, it’s no wonder this epic race is grabbing worldwide attention.
It’s fast route is appreciated by dedicated runners, only one part of the course is slightly sloping and the road is completely ramp-free and asphalted.
The course is well marshalled throughout and they keep runners pointed in the right direction. Water stops complete with electrolyte drinks, warm sweet tea and water are provided. At regular intervals they have assorted fruits and energy bars for particiapants and later in the race they even bring out the Italian cakes, in a pre-finish line celebration.
The race has lots of volunteer support and great crowds arrive in the main part of the city to cheer everyone on, making it a great day out in the romantic city of Florence.
‘Running through narrow Italian streets, enticed by amazing Italian scenery and architecture, admiring the landmarks that have made Florence famous.’
Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. The city is located about 230 km northwest of Rome, and is surrounded by gently rolling hills that are covered with villas and farms, vineyards, and orchards.
As a major European tourism destination, there are many transport options in and around Florence.
Florence’s busy Amerigo Vespucci airport is only three miles north-west of the centre. Most low-cost carriers use Pisa’s Galileo Galilei airport, 62 miles west of Florence, which is connected to Florence via a bus service run by Autostradale.
Frequent trains also run between Pisa Centrale station and Florence’s Santa Maria Novella Station.
Much of central Florence is a restricted traffic area: between 7.30am and 7.30pm on weekdays it’s only open to permit holders. If you are driving to a hotel within this area that offers parking, you’ll need to organise well in advance for them to send you a temporary permit.
The small electric buses that crisscross the centro storico can be useful if tired from walking around the city or running a marathon. Buy tickets beforehand from tobacconists or news-stands and stamp them on the bus.
There are city taxi’s available from special taxi ramps located around the city and there are hire car options and UBER available.
There are nearly 3,000 hotels in Florence, so finding a place to stay wont be an issue in this city.
J.K. Place Firenze is one of Florence’s classiest townhouse hotels. A double room offers breakfast, free Wi-Fi, complimentary soft drinks in your mini-bar, as much coffee and tea as you can drink during your stay, home-made finger food and cakes, and free access to a nearby gym and steam bath.
The Palazzo di Camugliano is located on a quiet, mostly residential street, with its entrance being a secret door. The rooms vary in size and aspect, but all have four-poster beds and historic details. A waiter serves breakfast in the garden, tea and canapes in the evening, there is room service, a bar and laundry service.
This historic city is meant for exploring on foot.
The wide open space that is Piazza Santa Croce is surrounded by leather shops, markets stalls, restaurants and cafés. To the northeast is the buzzing neighbourhood of Sant’Ambrogio centered around one of the liveliest markets in Florence and characterised by small, independent boutiques, artisan workshops, characteristic restaurants and bars, cafés packed with locals and the odd offal stand.
Attend a Tuscan cooking class and local market tour while in Florence. A hands-on experience designed for food lovers, this tour allows you to explore Italian cuisine in more depth by picking fresh ingredients from a Florence market yourself cooking up a feast of bruschetta, roast pork, and tiramisu.
The date of the Florence Marathon is 25 November 2018.
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