Note: This a summary of our guide to running in Florence. For all the best places to run in Florence, please visit the Great Runs website.
Birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is the capital of Tuscany and a very popular tourist destination. The beautiful buildings, piazzas, historic bridges across the Arno river, gardens, and hillside setting make Florence a treat to visit. This all makes running in Florence very tempting. The big issue is crowds ? if running in the historic center, we recommend going before 8am.
We?ve put together several great places to run in Florence, including a couple of historic ?runseeing? tours. Another highlight is the run up to the Piazzale Michelangelo. The tree-lined streets and paths of the Arno River, which flows east-west and divides Florence into the historic center to the north and the hillier, less crowded Oltrarno to the south, are a treat when not too crowded, and 3.5 km long Cascine Park is the largest green area in Florence. For a quick escape from crowded Florence, the hilly run to the Etruscan town of Fiesole is a treat. One special note for runners: Florence is recognized as a world fashion capital, so bring your nicest running clothes (or buy some there!).
See our complete guide to running in Florence.