Most tourists will probably think of Italy as an easy way to get there–settling in sunny places and watching the world go through the countryside and stopping in wineries along the way. Yet Italy is also an outstanding recreational destination from small-scale trips to challenging sports such as skiing and mountaineering. For walkers, everything from easy walks through gentle mountains to rough mountain treks with rough terrain and a lot of changes to altitudes is offered.
The Via Francigena into Rome
Via Francigena, or St. Francis’ Road, is a 1,242-kilometer route that starts in Canterbury, England and ends in Rome. We do not recommend you walk throughout the whole path of the pilgrims, in Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Just one part. You can just choose a day’s stroll or make a multi-day trip, staying in easy inns alongside the paths. The Tuscan part of the walk is rated as difficult and the descent to Rome is easier.
The Transhumance in Abruzzo
Imagine joining in the two-year relocation of sheep’s herds to a lower or greater landscape to see how rural life has been working for centuries. Shepherds often shift their flock to the lower, warmest lands in Puglia during the fall from mountainous Abruzzo and then in the autumn, follows them upwards and colder. Agricultural property in the Sulmona area of Abruzzo, La Porta dei PARCHI invites guests for a relaxing, multi day walk accompanied by shepherds on horseback, sheepdogs and of course sheep flocks. This is a chance to recreate ancient ways of life, to live in rustic lodges or under the stars, to consume plain local food and to soak up the atmosphere of the farmland of the Abruzzos.
Gran Via delle Orobie, Lombardy
This stretches east to west from the north of the town of Bergamo and south of the Swiss frontier with the Orobie Alps, sometimes named Bergamo or Bergamasque Alps. The 12-15-day Gran Via delle Orobie is an elevation of 5,900 feet (1,800 meters) high hut to horse riding ride to Delebio and Aprica. While the walk itself is only mildly challenging, the whole81-mile (130-km) path also requires a high degree of fitness. There are mountain huts along the route that provide food and shelter and tents like a bivouac for rough sleep. The path can also be used for holidays or even day hikes. For smaller bites.
Mount Etna, Sicily
Most Sicilian tourists don’t just have to gaze from a far distance at Mount Etna; they want to reach his burning top, which sometimes erupts. Italy has a naturally moonlike atmosphere, the largest and most active volcano, and provides quick to try walks and a wide view of the coast. From the mountain inn of Rifugio Sapienza, the Mount Etna Cable Car will take tourists up the Mountain 8,200 foot (2,500 metres) and they can ride by all-terrain car to nearby places of the central crater. Walking tourists can also travel through signposted pathways and trails across all protected mountain areas are easy and challenging. Take heavy trail alerts and be mindful that the temperature on the mountains varies greatly and unexpectedly— from seeding to freezing. The cable car works as a ski lift in winter.
Vaglia to Alberaccio to Fiesole, Tuscany
This nice leg of the path takes walkers through old farmhouses and deserted mounds, across wine-growings and woodland and across stunning hilly terrain before going down into the Etruscan town of Fiesole, part of the Renaissance ring walking system that runs through Florence. Expect spectacular Florence views along the way.
Sentiero degli Dei, Amalfi Coast
This Amalfi Coast Walkway has a tag like Sentiero degli Dei (the Way of the Gods). But the 4,3 km path, which brings you to the deep blue Tyrrhenian Sea, fulfills your pledge and provides a magnificent view of the coastline all the way down to the island of Capri. The road is better reached from the small hill town of Agerola and can be easily walked in 3 hours. It is mostly downhill from there to Nocelle on what was formerly the only path between the two villages. Follow the trail to the sea at the end for an unmissable dive in the beach of Arienzo. Then you may walk to or from there on the popular Amalfi Coast road by bus to Positano or other towns.