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Hikes in Italy
Italy inspires all active holidaymakers: in this beautiful holiday destination, nature can be experienced in its most varied form. Mountains, lakes and the sea – there is something for everyone. The unique diversity of the Italian regions can convince connoisseurs and adventurers alike. Especially for hikers, Italy is always worth a trip: on the way you can explore the landscape and the rich culture – and afterwards you can enjoy the delicacies of Italian cuisine.
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Unique versatility of the Italian regions
Italy offers hiking holidaymakers unique versatility: on the one hand, there are beautiful coastal hiking trails that lead you directly along the sea. Especially in spring or autumn, when the temperatures are pleasantly mild, these hikes are highly recommended – so a holiday by the sea is not just something for the height of summer!
Also, from above, you can see the sea from the top.
The landscape is also a dream from above: attractive mountain paths offer you fantastic panoramas. On the Ligurian Mountain Trail, for example, you can hike from the French border across the Ligurian Mountains to Tuscany. It's an adventure you won't soon forget.
In addition, 25 national parks and numerous regional nature reserves await you. For example, you can look forward to a wonderful landscape while hiking in the Majella National Park in Abruzzo.
Sardinia, on the other hand, is ideal for climbing fans – here you can soar to new heights directly above the sea.
Picturesque borghi, castles and monasteries
Not only the big cities of Italy are worth a visit, but a trip into the hinterland offers a lot of authentic encounters, unspoilt and uncrowded landscapes and a glimpse of local traditions..
Scattered throughout the country you will find numerous picturesquely situated borghi, small towns with medieval roots. There is a multitude of ancient buildings, streets and alleys to discover. If you are lucky, you will find accommodation in a restored building from bygone times. For example, you can book rooms in former mills, clerestories or even castles. Such places are often referred to in Italy as albergo diffuso“: scattered hotel.
Of course: what is it that you want?
Of course: what should never be neglected in Italy are the culinary delights. Many wine routes invite hikers to combine physical activity with culinary delights. For example, the Strada del Barolo in Piedmont, the Olive Oil Road in Puglia or the Strada dell'Olio DOP in Umbria.
Italy: A paradise for outdoor fans
You want to go high up on holiday? Then a hike in the Dolomites would be a good idea for you. They have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009 and are an impressive mountain group at any time of year. Here you will find quite relaxed tours to the Alpe di Siusi, the largest high alpine pasture in Europe, or you can really work off your energy on strenuous climbing tours.
Mixed with climbing and trekking route, which connects 10 of the Brenta Dolomites peaks in 6 stages, linking existing and re-equipped normal routes.
Of course, an excursion to one of the Italian lakes is particularly worthwhile, as they offer an ideal mix of mountain scenery, water sports and Mediterranean flair to delight every outdoor enthusiast. There are wonderful day hikes around Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore or Lake Como. And in the evening you can enjoy a culinary treat on the lakeshore.
Below you will find a short list of the most beautiful Italian regions - and also suitable hiking tours!
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