Experience Italy in a completely new way by lacing up your hiking boots and hitting the trail and Exploring the Great Outdoors – on one of Italy’s Finest Hikes
Here are some of Italy’s finest hikes:
Cinque Terre is on of Italy’s Finest Hikes
These five towns are perched on sheer cliffs above the Ligurian Sea and are connected by rail and hiking trails. It’s best to try and visit in the off-season, as the trails are immensely popular and crowded in the summer. You can check the Cinque Terre National Park site for the most updated information on the status of all of the trails.
The the towns’ candy-colored buildings and old-world charm are seemingly untouched by tourism. Be sure to build in time in your hike to explore each of the towns.
A dip in the water at one of the beaches is a great post-hike treat.
Tuscany offers a series of diverse hiking opportunities covering dense forests, coast cliffs, medieval villages, amazing history and more.
A hike around the Anello del Rinascimento (Renaissance Ring) allows you to take in the nature and history of the countryside surrounding the city of Florence.
While the entire trail is 170 km long, you can utilize public transportation from Florence to enjoy a single section of the trail.
Depending on what part of the trail you experience, you will see country churches, castles, walled communities, and roads dating back to the Medieval and Roman times.
Other trails in Tuscany allow you to meander through the rolling Tuscan countryside and visit some of Italy’s ancient towns. A trip out to Monte Argentario, a rocky promontory connected to the Tuscan mainland by two huge sandbars, is a great way to see wildlife.
Make sure you pack a pair of Bushnell binoculars when visiting La Feniglia Nature Reserve, which is on one of the sandbars, to be able to spot the wildlife there.
A short trip from Venice or Milan, the Domomites mountains have something to offer everyone.
Some of the paths are wheelchair accessible, while others require serious mountaineering equipment.
It’s possible to take multi-day treks, but remember that pitching a tent is forbidden, so make plans to stay in a refuge and make your reservations in advance!
Break your boots in before the trip — a series of short hikes will help get you in shape for your hiking vacation.
For something different, try climbing one of Italy’s famous volcanoes.
Vesuvius is a good day trip from Naples and is the least difficult volcano to climb.
Stromboli is a bit harder to summit, but the island has glimmering black sand beaches to relax on afterwards. The sunset view from the top is hard to beat.
Vulcano is perhaps the stinkiest volcano, with the smell of sulfur apparent as soon as you step off the boat from Sicily, but it also provides a great view of the other Aeolian Islands and the opportunity to peer into otherworldly craters.
As it has recently been prone to belching lava, it may not be possible to climb Mt. Etna, but Sicily’s stunning beaches make for a lovely back-up plan.