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That’s right folks, who ran on their honeymoon?  We did!  

My husband and I were lucky enough to spend two and a half weeks in Italy, spending time in a few cities; Scanno, Florence, Venice, Monterosso al Mare in the Cinque Terre, and Rome.

It was quite the whirlwind of culture, museums and FOOD!  As I have said before though, one of the best ways to see a city is to run it!  Which is exactly what we did.

In addition to running, my husband did Xterra Italy off-road triathlon while we were there.  If you’re interested in reading his race re-cap, click HERE.

Here are some photo’s from us enjoying morning runs in some really awesome places.

Scanno – this is a place where most Americans don’t go to while in Italy.  We went there specifically for Rob’s race and I was so happy we did.  It was truly beautiful, calm and the perfect place to relax after the chaos that was work, wedding and life.  We did an easy lap around the lake, Lago di Scanno, which was a little over 3 miles.  

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Florence – Next stop was Florence.  Oh Florence…land of the most delicious gelato.  Also, the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and HELLO…Michelangelo’s David.  We ran in front of the David replica as well as the Piazza Santa Croce and across the Ponte Vecchio, all before our fellow tourists were out.

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Venice – Oh Venice!  When we stepped out of the train station, both of us looked at each other like…is this place for real?  It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to and HELLO…you get to travel everywhere by foot or by boat!  How cool is that?  Our apartment was near San Marco Square, which was kind of like a zoo, but during our morning run, it wasn’t too bad. Much of the city is connected by bridges, since it is surrounded by water, so we definitely did a little stair master work on our run. We were also by a lovely park, so we took that way back to our place.  We ate VERY well in Venice, some of the best seafood I have ever had.  

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Monterosso al Mare – This city is part of the Cinque Terre, five towns that are connected by a series of trails.  It is a seaside town and ridiculously beautiful.  We only had two full days there, so one day, we rented beach chairs and spent the entire day on the beach.  It was exactly what we both needed.  Day two, we got up early, packed water and snacks, slapped on some sunscreen and headed out on the trails.  We were told that two trails were closed because of landslides, but there were alternate routes to take.  We got through the first 3 cities and then the first closed trail was between city 3 and 4, the direction we were going, between Corniglia and Manarola, so we started UP the alternate trail.  It was A LOT of climbing…and then A LOT of descent.  By the time we got to Manarola, we had gone 9 miles total with almost 2,000 feet of climbing and descending.  We decided to pass on the final alternate trail from Manarola to Riomaggiore and took the boat back to Monterosso al Mare where we relaxed and got ready for dinner.  No running in this city, but we figured the 9 mile hike was a pretty good workout.  Here are some pictures from our hike.

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Rome – Rome was our last stop and we were DEAD TIRED.  Even walking was taxing on us.  All of the sightseeing, museums, and possibly wine (we had a lot), was taking it’s toll.  This was the only city we didn’t run/hike in.  Though we did WALK.  We walked to Vatican City, saw the Sistene Chapel, climbed 554 steps to the top of the dome of St. Peters Basilica, walked the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.  We also were lucky enough to be about a 3 minute walk from our apartment to the Pantheon and we spent a lot of time there.  Being in Rome and knowing how old so much of the city is was AMAZING and a great end to our trip.  

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Now that we’re home, I’m getting back into my regular routine, work, workouts and running.  Next half is the Disneyland Half Marathon on Labor Day weekend.  Then Nike Women’s Half and then Big Sur Half…I’m not sure how I ended up signed up for 3 races in a row…but there you go!

QOTD:  Have you gone on a vacation and run the cities your visiting??  Which was your favorite?