Category Archives: Italy

Mount Vesuvius shakes up the marathon

Mount Vesuvius, looming over the bay of Naples, has had a spectacular and sometimes malign influence on its surrounding area. Most notably, an eruption in 79 A.D destroyed the towns of Pompeii (which I visited on my recent holidays in … Continue reading

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Treadmill running – going nowhere

My bay of Naples run was a hair-raising close encounter with reckless Italian drivers. I didn’t want to repeat that, but I needed another run during my holidays. What was I to do? Well, on a sheltered veranda overlooking the … Continue reading

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A run along the bay of Naples

Rome was great – fine food, good running in the Villa Borghese and fascinating sights, including the scene of Abebe Bikila’s iconic barefoot Olympic marathon victory. And did I mention the food? Next on the itinerary: a direct train south … Continue reading

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Abebe Bikila, barefoot in Rome

During my recent visit to Rome, part of the itinerary was to go to a football match between Roma and Milan at the Stadio Olimpico, thereby visiting the venue of the 1960 Olympics. However, our plans were scuppered when the … Continue reading

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Roman holiday running

Ciao ragazzi! I’m just back home after a week of vacationing in Italy, and in time-honoured fashion I’ll be brightening your dull lives with my fascinating holiday tales. First up: my run in Rome. This was my first time in Rome, … Continue reading

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