Italy holidays and resorts

Italy summer holidays are bursting with adventures! Explore mountain paths, vineyards, sparkling lakes and colourful cliffside villages

Holidays in Italy will leave you a little more in love with the landscape and wanting to come back for more. Italy is a country full of dramatic scenery, great works of art, fabulous food and a captivating history. Will you spend your summer holiday in the dreamy rolling vineyards and sunflowers of Tuscany, the picture-perfect coastline of Liguria, the picturesque shores of Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore, or walking along the well-trodden mountain paths of the Dolomites? Italy walking holidays are an enchanting mix of coastal trails, lakeside meanders and mountain tracks mixed with splashes of history and refreshing dips in the lakes or sea.

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Walking holidays in Italy

Walking holidays in Italy are as diverse as they are stunning. The Dolomites is the place to head for challenging mountain trails or a chance to tackle the Alta Via no.1, walking all the way to the foot of Monte Bianco. Or, for a gentler leg stretch, Lake Garda has flat lakeside walking as well as challenging mountain trails.

Italy is for foodies

With a landscape that is carpeted in olive groves, vineyards, and citrus trees you won't have to walk far to find a trattoria serving great local dishes or a fabulous food or wine festival in full swing. In Liguria, fresh seafood dishes are the order of the day, along with mozzarella and pesto in abundance, washed down with Limoncello.

Walking though Italy’s rich history

Italy’s incredible history, from the ancient Greeks and Romans to Medieval castles and Renaissance art, is woven into the landscape at every turn. Tuscany alone has seven World Heritage Sites and dozens of castles, some of which now produce their own wine (always a good reason to visit!). 

Multi-centre holidays in Italy

Italy is easy to explore which makes it perfect for a multi-centre holiday. When you’ve finished exploring the hills of Tuscany or the Dolomite mountains, why not head to Florence and soak up the incredible work of Renaissance artists and visit the famous Ponte Vecchio before dinner. If you tag a few days in Rome onto your walking holiday, you’ll have the opportunity to see grand Roman ruins, amphitheatres and incredible aqueducts. Or, relax with a wine tasting in Bardolino or a visit to the 13th century castle town of Sirmione.   

Regions in Italy

Tuscany Countryside, Cypress Trees

Tuscany is a region known for its food, wine, art and scenery. Hop between Tuscan towns using local trains and buses or bring your walking boots and wander along the picturesque trails. 

Resorts in Tuscany

Portofino Harbour in Liguria, Italy Summer Holidays

This dramatic coastal region borders France and is protected by impressive high mountains and rolling hills, affording it a mild climate all year round. It's also blessed with the most Blue Flag beaches in Italy, colourful seaside towns and the stunning Cinque Terre.

Resorts in Liguria

West of Lake Garda Shoreline

It's hard to imagine a more beautiful and perfect setting than Lake Garda. Explore Italy's largest lake with lakeside towns filled with sights and fantastic walking and cycling opportunities.

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Holidays to Lake Como have it all – incredible scenery, hiking and cycling trails, water sports and historic towns and villages to explore.

Resorts in Lake Como

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Lake Maggiore's the perfect choice for a summer holiday with plenty of walking and sightseeing opportunities. Explore the stunning landscapes at the foot of the Italian Alps and visit the lake’s three Borromean Islands from our Lake Maggiore resorts Stresa and Baveno

Resorts in Lake Maggiore

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The Dolomites is one of Europe's most beautiful mountain ranges and it's the perfect playground for an active summer holiday. Grab your boots or jump on a bike to head up the trails for the best views.

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Italian cities are steeped in history, have wonderful dining opportunities and some of the most stunning architecture in the world.

Tuscany's Montecatini Terme

Spend your summer holiday in Montecatini and visit some of northern Tuscany's best sights. This beautiful region is very varied with the Tuscan Apennine mountains in the north, wide open valleys and rolling vineyard-covered hills to the south of Florence. Looking for those post-card perfect views? Spend your days walking through the countryside, discovering them for yourself!

Best for: all walking abilities; nature; sightseeing; food & drink

Portofino Harbour

The Portofino area's the perfect combination of glamour, wealth and rustic charm. The towns around Portofino have the most amazing atmosphere. The coastal bars and restaurants are buzzing in the summer time and there are always people milling about the harbours.

Best for: all walking abilities; nature; sightseeing; activities; food & drink

Cinque Terre

Clusters of brightly coloured mountain-side buildings characterise the incredible Cinque Terre area. Just minutes from the sea and surrounded by challenging walking trails, you'll be spoilt for choice with activities to do on your holiday.

Best for: challenging walks, nature, sightseeing, activities, food & drink

Bardolino's Porto Vecchio in the Summer Sun

Surrounded by vineyards and orchards Bardolino is perfect for a sophisticated summer holiday on Lake Garda. It's a food and wine lovers paradise. The long promenade stretches along the lakefront and is filled with restaurants offering al fresco and lakeside dining; perfect for stopping off in after a day of walking. Bardolino's easy walking terrain and proximity to various water parks and theme parks on the lake make it a great resort for family holidays.

Best for: easy walking; activities; sightseeing; food & drink; families

Boats on Garda's Lakefront

Garda has winding alleyways and characteristic palazzi - it's one of the most charming towns on the lake. The wide lakeside promenade makes it a popular choice for walking and cycling. It's easy walking terrain and proximity to various water parks and theme parks on the lake make it a great resort for family holidays.

Best for: easy walking; activities; sightseeing; families

Colourful Streets

This is one of Lake Garda's most elegant resorts - think stunning villas, upmarket restaurants and a leafy promenade. It's a also a great base for nature lovers with the nearby Heller Botanical Gardens.

Best for: easy walking; nature; sightseeing

View of Limone

Take a walk down the narrow lanes of Limone that run through the village and stop for an aperitif in the summer sun at a traditional restaurant. There are plenty of walking opportunities too, with paths leading up into the mountains or following the lakeside.

Best for: all walking abilities; nature; sightseeing

Walking through Malcesine's Colourful Streets

Malcesine is one of Lake Garda's prettiest towns, thanks to its recognisable 13th Century castle. Cobbled streets and little cafés give it a really romantic feel. It's also a great place to go if you're looking for an active holiday. The cable car goes to the top of Monte Baldo where you can set off on a mountain walk or bike ride. Head down the coast slightly and you can try some paddle boarding or even learn how to sail. There's also so much for families to do in Malcesine, with fun activities for all age groups. 

Best for: all walking abilities; nature; sightseeing; activities; families

Riva's Apponale Tower

In Riva you will find dramatic mountain landscapes and an atmospheric piazza. It's a fantastic family destination with lots of opportunities for watersports including windsurfing, sailing, paddle boarding and scuba diving. Not to mention it has some of the best walking and cycling trails in Lake Garda.

Best for: all walking abilities; nature; sightseeing; activities; families

Saló Village

Salò is a lovely Belle Epoque town full of cafés, townhouses and hotels. Its history dates back to the Romans and Venetians.

Best for: easy walking; nature; sightseeing

Sirmione Peninsula

Sirmione's one of the prettiest towns on Lake Garda with a fairytale-like castle leading to quaint cobbled streets. It’s a renowned spa destination, using thermal waters that have been enjoyed since Roman times. It’s also a fantastic place to sample authentic gelato with loads of gelaterie serving some of the best ice cream on the lake.

Best for: easy walking, sightseeing

Bellagio Lakeside at Sunset

Bellagio is one of the most picturesque towns on the lake. Its narrow streets lead up the mountainside, past bustling shops and restaurants, where you’ll be greeted with amazing views over the ink-blue waters.

Best for: all walking abilities; sightseeing; activities; food & drink

Lenno & Villa Balbianello from Above

With its picture-perfect location hugging the shore of Lake Como, Lenno is a great choice for those looking to get away from it all. The highlight of this village is the lovely promenade that’s lined with al fresco cafés.

Best for: all walking abilities; sightseeing; activities; food & drink

 

Panoramic View of Menaggio

Menaggio is an elegant town that’s been established since Roman times. It’s surrounded by grand villas and its terracotta-roofed houses contrast beautifully with the blue of the lake and greenery of the mountainside.

Best for: all walking abilities; sightseeing; activities; food & drink

Church of San Gervasio & Protasio

Baveno's been a well-known tourist resort since the early 19th century. It has fantastic views of the Borromean Islands, a small harbour, and a lakeside promenade. This is the perfect base for getting to know Lake Maggiore and its towns and islands.

 

Best for: all walking abilities; friends & couples; nature; sightseeing

Stresa's Public Park

Stylish Stresa is Lake Maggiore’s leading resort. You can easily head out sightseeing using the local ferry links. The Borromean Islands and the gardens of Villa Pallavicino and Villa Taranto are well worth a visit.

 

Best for: all walking abilities; friends & couples; nature; sightseeing

 

The Puez Odle Natural Park in Selva

Hike in the shadow of Mount Sassolungo, walk along flower-filled meadows or simply sit and enjoy local food and 360 degree views in a mountain hut.

Best for: all walking abilities; nature; activities; food & drink; families

Summer Walking in Canazei ©Nicola Angeli

Canazei is the jewel of Val di Fassa and a summer paradise for walking and outdoor activity lovers. Home to the highest plateau in Europe this is a fantastic place for immersing yourself in the dominating Dolomite landscape and the ideal place for families in search for their next outdoor adventure holiday.

Best for: all walking abilities; nature; activities; families

Traditional Houses in Colfosco

Corvara is the largest village in Alta Badia and just along the road is Colfosco. Both resorts are at the foot of some of the most famous mountains in the area. You’ll have two national parks to explore while you’re here. It’s perfect for walkers, cyclists, guests who want to relax and active families seeking fun in the outdoors.

Best for: all walking abilities; nature; active holidays; food & drink; families

Vineyards & Mountains in Merano

Merano is sheltered by high mountains and surrounded by orchards and vineyards, meaning it has an alpine landscape and Mediterranean climate: the perfect combination for a summer holiday. Walking opportunities are available from the centre of town, or up in the mountains - you'll be spoilt for choice here. 

Best for: All walking abilities; nature; sightseeing; food & drink

Traditional Markets in Ortisei

Ortisei's a beautiful village in the Italian Dolomites. It's the perfect base for walking, cycling and those who love to explore.

Best for: all walking abilities; nature; activities

Fanes-Senes-Pargs Nature Reserve in Kronplatz

Kronplatz has some of the most spectacular scenery in Italy. Whether you're after an active adventure or a relaxing retreat to enjoy nature, this is a great choice for a walking holiday in the summer. 

Best for: all walking abilities; nature; activities; food & drink; families

Sunset Glow ©Alta Badia, Freddy Planinschek

Beneath the impressive Lagazuoi Mountain, the sophisticated village of San Cassiano is the ideal starting point for many exciting hikes and climbs. When it comes to food, this is the perfect place to come if you're looking for a gourmet surprise!

Best for: all walking abilities; nature; activities; food & drink

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Sunset over Lake Iseo, Holidays in Italy

Lake Iseo is the fourth largest lake in Northern Italy. It's quieter and less developed than Lake Garda; the perfect introduction to the Italian lakes. Travel around the lakeside towns by boat and explore Iseo's medieval streets, arcaded shopping areas and communal squares.

Best for: all walking abilities; activities; nature; food & drink

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Crystal Clear Waters in Lake Ledro, Italy Summer holidays

Nestled in the mountains above Lake Garda you'll find Lake Ledro. The perfect place for walking, cycling and immersing yourself in nature.

Best for: all walking abilities; nature; activities

Florence, Duomo and Giotto's Campanile

The historic centre of Florence is small enough to explore on foot and has an enormous amount of treasures packed into its compact centre, from the Renaissance paintings in the celebrated Uffizi Gallery to Brunelleschi's Dome that dominates the skyline.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan

The fashionable Milan lives up to its title of the design capital of Italy. Stunning 19th Century buildings sit side by side with expensive designer stores which are framed by stylish bars.

Colosseum

With 3,000 years of history Rome truly is the ‘Eternal City’. Many of the wonders of this city are not in the museums but in the streets - in fact its entire historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

St Mark's Square in Venice

This intricate city is widely known as the most romantic on earth and once you've seen it, you'll understand why. An intricate network of canals is broken up by quaint bridges, majestic palaces and grand piazzas framed by cosy cafés. Head outside the centre and you'll see another side to this popular city - local food markets offer a great option for an authentic lunch or head to one of the quiet islands that surround the Venetian Lagoon.

Ponte Pietra in Verona

Think of Italian cities and most people’s first thought is of Venice. But visitors to its smaller neighbour, Verona never fail to be entranced by its beauty and relaxed atmosphere. Verona is best known of course for its historic Roman arena which every summer hosts the world famous opera programme.

Tours in Italy

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Explore two of Italy's most popular lakes on this multi-centre holiday. Starting in Lake Como where you can experience some of the most famously photographed towns in the world and then head to Lake Maggiore to explore the lakeside towns and visit the beautiful Borromean Islands.

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See Italy's big three cities in one holiday on this popular multi-centre itinerary. Start with a few days exploring the canals in Venice, hop on a high-speed train to the sip wine in Florence before ending in Rome where you can discover the country's rich history.

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Spend a few days exploring the canals and piazzas of Venice before heading to Italy's largest lake. Spend your days walking along the lakefront, sipping wine in the vineyards and heading up the mountain trails of Lake Garda.

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Experience Italy as it's most glam on this multi-centre holiday. Start in the fashion capital of the world where you can shop designer boutiques and visit stunning museums and galleries. After a few days in Milan, chill out on Lake Como where you can take scenic boat trips, explore grand villas and hike mountain trails.

Walking boots in the Dolomites, Summer Holidays in the Mountains, Italy

Explore the best of the Dolomites & Lake Garda on this multi-centre holiday. You'll start in the mountains in chilled out Selva before heading down to lively Lake Garda.

Holidays in Lake Garda

Explore the best of Lake Garda on this multi-centre holiday. Choose from a selection of towns on lively Lake Garda and get to know the diverse atmosphere on different parts of the lake.

Cinque Terre

Experience some of Italy's most iconic destinations from the rolling hills of Tuscany to Liguria's pastel painted houses and glistening blue sea on this multi-centre holiday.

Currency: Euro

Fly into: Florence, Milan, Pisa, Rome, Venice, Verona, Innsbruck.

Fly from: London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, Newcastle, London Stanstead, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Leeds Bradford, Birmingham, Glasgow

Italy Summer Holiday Deals
July 2024 Holiday Deals from £699 pp
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Italy Holiday FAQs

Why is Italy great for walking?

Italy is the perfect destination for your walking holiday, combining beautiful landscapes with art, cuisine, and history. Explore Tuscany's vineyards, Liguria's coast, or the beautiful charm of Lake Garda and Maggiore. Venture into the Dolomites for mountain trails or experience coastal strolls, lake views, and alpine hikes. Italy walking holidays offer a perfect blend of both scenic beauty and cultural immersion.

Are there walking trails suitable for beginners in Italy?

There are! Italy is home to plenty of exciting walking routes suitable for all abilities, with Lake Garda or Bardolino being two of our favourite easy walking areas. Whether you're a walking beginner or hiking expert, experience the magic of Italy on foot and create unforgettable memories along the way. Discover our Walking in Italy guide to find out more about the beautiful Italian walking routes available.

How hard are the walks in Italy?

Italy's walking holidays cater to all walking abilities, offering diverse and stunning landscapes. In the Dolomites, challenge yourself on mountain trails or tackle Alta Via no.1 to Monte Bianco. For a gentler stroll, explore Lake Garda's flat lakeside paths or opt for challenging mountain trails, all boasting breathtaking views.

Are there any guided walks available in Italy?

Yes! Included in your holiday at select Italian resorts you'll have the chance to join a small group of fellow travellers on up to two exclusive Inghams guided day walks, led by a professional guide. Read our Guided Walks guide to find out more.

Where are the best viewpoints in Italy?

Liguria offers incredible coasts in Italy and is picture perfect with its sleepy hamlets and seaside towns. The Dolomites offer dramatic mountain landscapes, walk through the high mountain pass, Passo Sella and enjoy the panoramic views! Head to Montecatini Alto where you’ll experience Tuscan postcard views. Or, join the guided walk in Limone to Monte Bestone, where you'll be met with one of the most beautiful views of Lake Garda.

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