Italy is a walker’s paradise. From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to the dramatic Dolomites and from historic Sicily to spectacular Sardinia, walkers are spoiled for choice when it comes to their backdrop. Here, we highlight five of our best Italian walking and trekking trips.
1. Walking in Sardinia - Moderate grade
Discover Sardinia on foot, walking through Bronze Age villages and along idyllic coastal trails. The rugged limestone mountains and deep boulder-strewn gorges here make for exciting hikes with beautiful views. Take time to enjoy the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea on a boat rise to Cala Sisine, where you will find beautiful unspoilt sandy beaches, before setting off on a picturesque section of the renowned Selvaggio Blu trail.
Our walking in Sardinia holiday
is graded at a medium pace, with tracks at low altitude and for people with a good level of fitness.
2. Walking the Amalfi Coast - Easy to Moderate grade
The best way to experience the Amalfi coast
is on foot. Travelling at a relaxed pace, you can take your time to walk amongst the lemon trees and ancient alleyways, soaking up Italy’s Mediterranean vibe. This easy-to-moderately graded trip is a great introduction to walking holidays in Italy.
Embark on one of the greatest coastal walks in the world, ‘Walk of the Gods’ or Sentiero Degli Dei,
where you can take in magnificent views of Capri and the Bay of Salerno. This famous trail connects the towns of Bomerano to Nocelle and its name gives you just an inkling of the wonderful scenery you'll see en route. Find out what makes our best-selling Amalfi coast walking holiday
3. Puglia at your own pace: self-guided coastal walking
Discover this little-known coastal trail from Ortanto to Gagliano de Capo on our moderate-graded self-guided holiday. This walking holiday in Puglia offers outstanding coastal trails and superb views along the way, with undisturbed nature and local villages waiting to be explored.
Stop to breathe in the fresh sea air and the citrus fragrance from the orange and lemon groves whilst you follow a red-earth trail towards the lighthouse on the easternmost point of Italy, Punta Palascia. Discover quiet beaches as you start your walk along the 'Cipolliane path' and stop for a freshly brewed coffee in Porto Badisco. Enjoy walking through tiny finishing hamlets and exploring the pa towns along this route.
4. Sicilian volcano hike with Luca Cosma - Moderate to Challenging grade
Join volcanology expert Luca Cosma on this trek to the crater summit zone of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano at 3,330m. From here, travel to the small island of Stromboli - admire the glow of incandescent lava at night and hopefully witness a natural firework display. Finally, visit the beautiful Aeolian Islands by hydrofoil and hike to the summit of the Gran Cratere on Vulcano Island. This is a Three Peaks Challenge with a difference!
5. Tour du Mont Blanc - Challenging grade
Prepare yourself for one of the most spectacular treks in Europe. Hike the 148 kilometres of the mighty Tour du Mont Blanc through Italy, Switzerland and France.
This 8-day trek is designed for the experienced walker, incorporating some of the most dramatic peaks of the Alps. You’ll make several climbs and descents of around 1000m and reach a maximum altitude of 2,537m. This adventure is breathtaking in every way possible.
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