Hi Simon, I don't know which clubs there are in Pietrasanta though for sure there will be a local running club.
However if you are going to be there anytime from June onwards the best advice that I can give you is to run very early in the morning. Daytime temperatures will be very hot, anything from 30°C upwards (maybe you've already come to Italy before in the summer and you know that already).
I doubt that there will be any races for the same reason though there may be some tri or aquathlon going on.
The local races are printed in the Italian running magazine "Correre" but the ones for June and July won't be printed until the April and May editions.
If you let me have your email address and know when you'll be there I can let you know the races when they come out. You may need to remind me though.
Sound advice from someone who works in the perfume business. Don't use aftershave. Use after shave emulsion or face balm. It closes your pores just the same, soothes any burning sensations due to active ingredients and has a much subtler fragrance. If you then want a stronger smell to linger use Eau de Toilette of the same fragrance.
Fascinating to see how few English men use fragrance. On the continent a similar question would have turned up dozens of fragrance names.
Oh and concerning Chanel No.5 which is one of the most sold fragrances in the world. In blind sniff tests it almost always comes out as the least preferred - conclusion being that it sells because it's called Chanel No.5, everyone's heard about it, and Marilyn Monroe once said it was the only thing she wore to bed, rather than actually being a good fragrance. Though I am sure it smells lovely on you Tixylix.
fb - route starts at the base of l'Index, traverses east towards Lac Blanc but then veers up sharply half way to reach a very narrow col and then traverses east again across a quite sharp ridge with climbing and scrambling - not for novices as most people I see on the ridge tend to be roped up. It then descends from the peak down to the col between this and Belvedere, and so down to Lac Blanc. Belvedere is also nice and easily climbable while ascending but you need a harness and short rope for the descent.
Btw I'll be in Cham until 21 august so if by chance you decide to arrive earlier (more acclimatisation) we could meet up.
My back problem is getting much better now and my doctor said that I might be able to start running again at Easter. This is encouraging me to think about a mountain marathon in mid June, after which I could judge my fitness for something like the montblanc trail (the idea just won't let me go). But then again I still have to try a run before judging to see what my level of fitness is now, after two months without running and only swimming. Anyway will keep you informed.
fb - stop it, you're going to discourage them. Anway they're going to be crawling by then so it will only hurt their knees.
I approve your choices of trail runs. I would suggest however that after running Brevent to Flegere you could continue upwards to Lac Blanc where the views of Mt.Blanc are out of this world. Only thing is that you would want to do this early in the day before the lake gets surrounded with tourists. I often run Flegere to Lac Blanc but passing over the crest higher up (can't remember the name of the peak)- pieces of easy climbing and descent on the snowfield down to the lake - then down to Flegere scaring all the tourists by jumping over their heads - great fun. There is also a good trail which follows the MTB path from Cham or Les Praz towards Argentiere on the north side but then deviates sharply upwards and you arrive at the arrival point of the Argentiere cable car - descent by the same route - which is better than the piste which I tried last year and is really steep and not much fun.