Italy is a country of dramatic scenery, vibrant colours, great works of art, fabulous food and a captivating history. Every Italian holiday will leave you a little more in love with the landscape and wanting to come back for more. From the dreamy rolling vineyards and sunflowers of Tuscany, to the multi-coloured villages that cling to the cliff faces of Italy’s dazzling Amalfi Coast. From the sophisticated villas and serenity of Lake Maggiore to getting off the beaten track in the unspoilt Aosta Valley; Italian walking holidays are an enchanting mix of high coastal trails, lakeside meanders and mountain tracks mixed with splashes of history and refreshing dips in the lakes or sea.
Walking holidays in Italy
Walking holidays in Italy are as diverse as they are stunning. For legendary beauty and some steep climbs, the Path of the Gods is a spectacular 8km ancient route along the Amalfi coastline. Aosta and the Dolomites are the places to head for challenging mountain trails or a chance to tackle the Alta Via no 1 to the foot of Mont Blanc. 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 festival in full swing. In the Aosta Valley, tuck into famous meats and cheeses while further south in Liguria, fresh seafood dishes are the order of the day, along with Mozzarella 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 Medieval castles, some of which now produce their own wine (always a good reason to visit!). While in Rome, you’ll find grand Roman ruins, amphitheatres and incredible aqueducts.
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 mountains of Tuscany or the Dolomites, why not head to Florence and soak up the incredible work of Renaissance artists and visit the famous Ponte Vecchio before dinner. Or, once you’ve conquered the Amalfi Coast, relax with a wine tasting in Bardolino or a visit to the 13th century spa town of Sirmione.