Marathon in Siena, Italy

Trail Running in Tuscany

Castelnuovo Berardenga, a town in the province of Siena. This is located in the corner of Chianti, not too far from Florence and Siena. 

I wanted to see the neighboring city of Central Italy in a different non-tourist kind of way. What do you expect I found a marathon running on our very last day in Siena. It's been a while since I did a trail-run so I was very thrilled and even more hype as we will be running in the vineyards of Italy. Let's go!

Siena, Italy Itinerary

October 17 - 20
3 Days in Siena, Central Italy 1 Day BUS ride to Amalfi Coast

Address: Strada Scacciapensieri 47, 53100 Siena, Italy
4 days 3 nights 230 euros (3 pax)

We love Camping Siena Colleverde for the unique accommodation, good location, and for the friendly staff who made our stay in Siena productive and memorable.

Sunday, October 20
Trail Marathon and Night Train from Siena to Amalfi Coast

Chianti Classico Marathon
Start: 9:30 AM San Gusmè (13 km, 4 rest stops)
Finish: 12:30 AM Castelnuovo Berardenga, Piazza Marconi 
Includes Saturday night dinner, Sunday lunch, BUS transportation to and from San Gusmè, organization fee, VAT, DIADORA gadget.
Free BUS shuttle from Siena to Castelnuovo Berardenga.
Marathon fee: 32 euros (2 pax)

The marathon registration was online, they have different categories and we chose the run and take some pictures along the way option. When we arrived in Siena I was a bit worried about getting to Castelnuovo Berardenga. Good thing the previous day before the run while walking in Siena downtown we saw a flyer posted on a bus stop that mentions pick up shuttle bus transfer to the trail run venue. My husband and I jumped for joy as we don't have to worry about calling a taxi so early in the morning and worrying about getting lost finding our way to the venue. Things are falling into place in Italy.

Ready to the hit the trail!

Some stretching before hitting the curb.

Game on! Hubby had to stop a few times to wait for me as I take a snapshot of the scenery.

Here he is running backward making sure I'm going on the right path and not just taking pictures here and there.

Stop and stare moment!

It's easy to make me happy. I just need to go out, see the world, and explore. Easy right?!

This is heaven! I've never been to a trail run or any kind of marathon that serves so much fresh bread with olive oil, salami, and selections of fruits.

The best part was having wine. Even just a small cup tasted so good. Italian loves their wine to the highest level and I am loving it.

The other day we went for a Wine Tour in Chianti, this time around I'm getting close and personal by running through hectares of vineyards. I couldn't ask for more.

As we get closer to town I started to look at our fellow runners. It was all a mix of nationalities, different age groups, and a great number of female runners. I was even surprised to see a few grandma's and granddad's running effortlessly. 

My husband's first trail marathon, not just in any kind of trail venue but in the hills and vineyards of Italy - so proud!

We only paid like 32 euros in total for both of us yet we still get to be invited to a pasta party. I'm in awe with how the Italians managed this event with so much funding. I would love to thank the sponsors, this has been a memorable run in my Europe diary. Well, of course, we get to have another cup of wine again. I'm glad we're not driving in Italy which makes me wonder what's their policy with alcohol consumption when it comes to driving considering wine is like water in this country.

Tour around the town of Castelnuovo Berardenga

It's a quiet town. I'm not sure if the villagers are still asleep, working in the vineyards, volunteered for the trail event, or something but I didn't really see anyone in the streets. Maybe they were dress like the event coordinators, or runners for the marathon, that I couldn't tell at all.

There are clothes hanged in the buildings that mean people do live here.

We roamed around town and found amazing drawings. The color reminds me of using coffee as a medium of art.

More clothes depicting life forms that roll around this small town.

The medieval-looking building takes me back in time where ladies dressed in big skirts and guys wore loose suits while going to the market or church early in the morning.

Hubby bringing out his musical talent.

Just a day trip at Castelnuovo Berardenga.

Lastly, ending the day with a delicious gelato. When in Italy saying no to gelato or even wine is a crime.

Late-night train to Amalfi Coast.
Train fare: 35 USD (per person)

09:40 PM - 10:40 PM from SIENA to EMPOLI  
11:43 PM - 12:29 AM from EMPOLI to PISA CENTRALE 
02:21 AM - 09:12 AM from PISA CENTRALE to SALERNO
Optional: Salerno to Amalfi by BUS is 1 hour or hotel pick-up transfer

This is a very tiring train transfer, as much as possible avoid late-night trains. There are no places to have coffee or a warm couch while waiting for the train. It gets really cold too in the train terminals. It did save us some time but the sleep deprivation and being out in the cold is not worth it. Good thing, we hired a hotel pick-up from the last train station straight to our hotel. Hotel pick-up ride: 80 euros

More post about our trips: 
Saturday, October 19 Wine Tour @ Chianti Region in Italy

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight, and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs, and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).

Do you want more information about our European adventure?
Check out Travelling to Europe for 2 weeks: Art Class in Paris, France then getting on a Hot air balloon ride at Siena, Italy, and relaxing by the beach at Amalfi, Coast with a side trip to Rome, Italy before flying back home.

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