Walking in Italy

Your Guide to Walking in Italy

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Our guide to walking in Italy is your passport to exploring the country's rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty, leading you through ancient olive groves, serene coastlines, lush vineyards, and picturesque hilltop towns.

Unveiling Bella Italia’s Best Walks

Our walking experts have selected their favourite walks in Italy, handpicked with amore just for you.

Italy, a land of mesmerising landscapes, captivating history, and gelato galore. It’s a place where the rolling hills will steal your heart, ancient monuments will captivate your mind, and the awe-inspiring mountainous views will have you saying ‘mamma mia’.

Get ready to experience the magic of Italy on foot and create unforgettable memories along the way.


These Handpicked Walks Will Have You Embracing The Dolce Vita

Walking in Rome: Stepping onto Ancient Pathways

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This eternal city’s culture is as abundant as gelato stands on a hot summer’s day. Every step will unveil centuries of captivating stories and architectural marvels. However, the history of this place extends far beyond the confines of its museums; hidden amidst its bustling streets are cultural marvels just waiting to be discovered.

This where walking in Italy feels like a fun history lesson with a view.

Our Recommended Walks in Rome

Villa Borghese Gardens & Museums

These centrally located gardens offer a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. With more than 148 acres of grounds to explore, it’s like stepping into green oasis. Plus, don’t forget to check out the museums while you are there.

Spanish Steps

You’ll love the bustling atmosphere around the 135 steps that connect the quaint Piazza di Spagna and the beautiful Trinita dei Monti Church. This area also has its fair share of gelataria wonders to satisfy any ice cream cravings. 

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Walking in Cinque Terre: Stroll Through Timeless Villages

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Set your sights on the vibrant cliff side villages of Cinque Terre, perched high above the bright and sparkling Ligurian Sea. Lose yourself in the quaint, narrow streets, with each corner revealing a hidden gem.

The Ligurian Riviera, which stretches from the border with France down to Tuscany, is one of the natural wonders of Italy. Endlessly changing scenery makes for some of Europe’s finest coastal walks. Discover a beautiful and varied landscape as you explore ancient paths and long flights of stone steps.

Our Recommended Walks in Cinque Terre

You'll be stepping into scenery straight out of a storybook as you wander through Cinque Terre's timeless villages. This stunning coastal resort is like a picturesque tapestry, woven with beautiful multi-coloured buildings.

With its famous walking trails and breath-taking sea views, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring its coastal paths while walking in Italy.

Cinque Terre National Park

With over 48 walking trails, the National Park has lots of opportunities for casual strollers and serious hikers alike. High up in the mountains, overlooking emerald waters, the sights are a treat for the eyes and the trails a treat for your soles. For those after challenging walking in Italy, the Riomaggiore to Portovenere route is a must.

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Walking in Selva: Exploring Mountain Trails

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Italy’s diverse landscapes offer a paradise for nature enthusiasts, and one place that stands out is the magnificent Dolomites - a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Dolomites are a spectacular playground of soaring mountain peaks, meadows bursting with flowers and deep forests. Follow high mountain trails and be rewarded with some of the best views in Italy.

In particular, the town of Selva is a haven for hikers of all levels. It has a vast network of trails and endless opportunities to explore the stunning surroundings. As you traverse the trails, you’ll come across charming mountain huts, cosy bars and great restaurants.

Our Recommended Walks in Selva

Panascharte to the Seceda

This beautiful trail is ideal for those seeking an easy to moderate walk and is a well known route within the Valley Gardens. It’s a favourite among visitors for its breath-taking vistas of the majestic Odle peaks. The walk starts with the cable car ride from Ortisei which then takes you to the stunning Seceda - a 2,519 metre high mountain which forms party of the Puex Nature Park.

Pic Mountain

Experience the exhilarating hike to Pic Mountain, a moderate 7-kilometre trail offering breathtaking 360-degree views of Val Gardena. Start your adventure with a cable car ride from San Cristina and trek to Sëurasas, an enchanting lookout point in Val Gardena. Reach the summit of Mount Pic and be rewarded with uninterrupted vistas of the stunning Dolomite mountain ranges.

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Walking in Florence: Step through Art & History

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Florence is a cultural gem - the crown jewel of Italian art and culture. A walking holiday to this beautiful destination will have you marvelling at world renowned art and architectural masterpieces that have made Italy so famous. With every step you take through its storied streets, you’ll be captivated, inspired and transported to a world of timeless beauty.

Our Recommended Walks in Florence

Florence is a treasure trove of culture wonders, inviting you to explore, engage, and be captivated by its timeless magic.

Walk The Ponet Vecchio

Discover the iconic Ponte Vecchio, one of the world's most renowned bridges, miraculously surviving WWII. It forms part of the Vasari Corridor, a passage connecting Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti over the River Arno. The bridge is adorned with enchanting artisan shops showcasing dazzling jewels.

Boboli Gardens

Experience the tranquility and splendor of Boboli Gardens, a magnificent creation by the Medici family in the Italian style. These gardens have left a lasting impact on European court gardens. Today, they provide a serene escape, inviting you to wander through lush greenery and admire the breathtaking Renaissance sculptures on display.

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Walking in Portofino: Walk and Savour

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Those boots were made for walking, and in Portofino, every step will bring you closer to savouring the Italy’s culinary delights.

Italy’s food is celebrated worldwide, and if you fancy indulging those tastebuds then a trip to the charming town of Portofino is a must. It’s a gateway to a vibrant food scene, with a treasure trove of buzzing cafes, restaurants and delis.

Our Recommended Walks in Portofino

Visit The Church of St, Giorgio

Walk to the Church of St. Giorgio and witness the breathtaking beauty of its doors. These remarkable doorways, reminiscent of the renowned Gates of Paradise in Florence, depict biblical scenes in stunning detail. You'll also be delighted to discover the artistic prowess of Lorenzo Cascio, whose gallery in Portofino showcases mesmerizing Ancient Greek-inspired artworks. And while you're in Portofino, don't miss the opportunity to explore the international outdoor sculpture center, where the harbour serves as a picturesque backdrop for an impressive collection of sculptures by contemporary artists. 

Visit Towns In The Portofino Area 

Hop on a direct train from Rapallo and unlock the treasures of Bogliasco, Sori, and Zoagli. These charming towns are brimming with local charm and authenticity. Experience the allure of Bogliasco's popular beach, nestled beneath magnificent rocky walls, where you can bask in the unspoiled beauty of a summer's day. Don't forget to capture an Instagram-worthy moment at the ancient Roman bridge, a picture-perfect spot that will leave you in awe. Prepare for a delightful adventure filled with local flavour and unforgettable sights.

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