Italy

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Dolomiti - by Henk

Italy is a country of enormous diversity and contrast. Most famous are the Alps. Coming from the efficient neatness of Switzerland or Austria, the Italian Alps are wilder and at the same time more tranquil, like stepping back in time. The most beautiful and popular areas are Gran Paradiso, Val Grande, Stelvio and the Dolomites.

In addition there are countless national parks, all very much worth hiking through. A series of mountain ranges runs from north to south like a backbone, starting from the hills of Tuscany, to the Apennines and Abruzzo to Italy's toe, Calabria. Southern Italy, too far for many tourists, has several attractive hiking regions, like Pollino and Aspromonte.

In the Alps you can walk from hut to hut, elsewhere you can do day hikes, such is the rule in general. However some genuine long distance hiking trails are under construction. European long distance trail E10 in the Alps, which coincides with the 1000km long Grande Alpine Trail and the international Via Alpina. The second large project is the E1, which coincides with the Grand Apennine Mountains Trail and the Ligurian Mountains High Trail. If this trail is ever completed, you can start from Como passing Genova and continue all the way to Reggio di Calabria and Palermo or Siracuse on Sicily. The third large project means to join all these trails into one 6000km long Sentiero Italia. Last but not least, there is the Alta Via in the Dolomites: splendid walking.

Mountain huts abound in the Alps. Hiking can be done all summer, from June until well into October. Further south spring is the best hiking season. In April you will still get stuck in the snow up in the mountains. Autumn is supposed to be fine as well, but alas, as one hiker put it: "you wake up to the sounds of church bells and gunfire". As hunters, Italians are best avoided.

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Rate 8.5 | 2 votes | No 5. in Europe
  • greg June 2010
  • Rate 10
  • Positive perfect combination of incredible mountain hiking, reliable weather, good paths, good food, good everything!
  • Negative might be crowded in the high summer but going off season it is paradise
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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2017
  • The Way of St Francis
  • Guidebook to walking the Way of St Francis, Via di Francesco. 550km pilgrimage from Florence, through Assisi to Rome through Central Italy visiting key sites from the saint's life. Described in 28 stages, the guide to the month-long route includes detailed maps, profiles and information about all the shrines, churches and towns along the way. Read more
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United Kingdom
2015
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2009
  • Italian Lakes: Car Tours and Walks
  • Italian Lakes is the Sunflower Landscapes guide to exploring the best walking and touring possibilities in northern Italy. The guide covers a range of routes including walks in Cheglio, Alpe di Lenno, Arco, Limone sul Garda and Biacesa. A double-sided, fold-out touring map gives an overview of the Lakes region and the locations of each walk.... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Walking in Italy
  • Walking in Italy is a unique guide written for those who want to experience the delights of Italy’s finest towns cities and landscapes. The best way to appreciate Italy is undoubtedly on foot, whether you are visiting a city for the first time or venturing out into the Italian countryside. You don’t need to be an athlete to enjoy a... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • Italy Eyewitness Back Roads Guide
  • DK Eyewitness Back Roads Italy is the ultimate driving travel guide which will take you via scenic routes to discover charming villages, local restaurants and intimate places to stay. Alongside all the practical information you could need, from road conditions and length of drive to parking information and opening hours, DK Eyewitness Back... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Maremma Coast - Piombino - Follonica - Castiglione della Pascaia Kompass 2469
  • The coast of Maremma at 1:50,000 from Kompass, on a map printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. Coverage includes Piombino, Follonica, Castiglione della Pescaia, Marina di Grosseto, Wetulonia, Ribolla, Valpiana, Venturina, etc. Contours are at 40m intervals, with a 2-km UTM grid. Extensive overprint includes cycling... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Groden 2012
  • Rosengarten, Sella, Marmolada. Wanderwege, Radwanderwege, Nordic Walking, Skilanglauf, Skitouren Kümmerly und Frey Italien Outdoorkarte. 1. Auflage, Laufzeit bis 2016. Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2010
  • Meran Wanderatlas 2010
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een groot aantal dagtochten in dit gebied. De gids is in spiraalbinding en elke pagina is op scheur- en watervast papier gedrukt. Daar is echt over nagedacht! Meran in Südtirol, Italien liegt am Schnittpunkt des Passeiertales, des Etschtales und des Vinschgaus. Nördlich des Meraner Talkessels schirmt... Read more
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Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelgids Hikeline Meran | Esterbauer
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een groot aantal dagtochten in dit gebied. De gids is in spiraalbinding en elke pagina is op scheur- en watervast papier gedrukt. Daar is echt over nagedacht! Meran in Südtirol, Italien liegt am Schnittpunkt des Passeiertales, des Etschtales und des Vinschgaus. Nördlich des Meraner Talkessels schirmt... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2018
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2018
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Italian Lakes Walking: Garda, Maggiore, Como and Iseo
  • This guidebook describes 50 walks around Lakes Como, Iseo, Garda and Maggiore in Northern Italy. The picturesque routes are accessible by public transport from popular centres including Bellagio, Riva, Stresa and Cannero, and range from 2 to 14km in length. There are gentle lakeside strolls, and numerous ridge routes and traverses as well as... Read more
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2015
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Marsala
  • Marsala on an indexed street plan at 1:6,000 from Litografia Artistica Cartografica in their Global Map edition. 34 monuments including historic buildings and churches, cultural or educational institutions, and important municipal buildings or facilities are numbered and listed next to the plan. An inset covers Isola di San Pantaleo (Mozia)... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • France IGN Mini Road Map
  • France Mini Road Map at 1:1,500,000 - a double-sided, 8x12cm mini version of IGN’s road maps of France with the clearest distinction between charge-free and toll motorways, plus locations of speed cameras on major routes. Current edition of this title was published in November 2013.Presentation is designed to highlight the motorway network,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Slovenia Kartografija Road Atlas
  • Slovenia at 1:75,000 presented in an A4, paperback road atlas from the Ljubljana-based Kartografija with very detailed GPS-compatible mapping at 1:75,000, including vivid presentation of the topography, extensive tourist overprint, plus 11 indexed street plans, a distance table, etc. Coverage includes the border areas of Italy around Trieste... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gressoney Swisstopo 294
  • Gressoney, map No. 294, in the standard topographic survey of Switzerland at 1:50,000 from Swisstopo, i.e. without the special overprint highlighting walking trails, local bus stops, etc, presented in Swisstopo’s hiking editions of the 50K survey. The map covers mainly the Italian side of the border, with only a small part of Switzerland shown... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Val Susa - Val Cenischia - Rocciamelone - Val Chisone
  • Val Susa - Val Cenischia - Rocciamelone - Val Chisone area of the Italian Alps presented at 1:25,000 in a series of large, contoured and GPS compatible walking maps from Fraternali Editore, printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. Maps in this series have topography shown by contour lines at 5m intervals with relief... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alta Valle Maira
  • Alta Valle Maira in the Italian Alps presented at 1:25,000 in a series of large, contoured and GPS compatible walking maps from Fraternali Editore, printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. Maps in this series have topography shown by contour lines at 5m intervals with relief shading, spot heights, and colouring and/or... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Valsavarenche - Val di Rhêmes - Valgrisenche IGC 102
  • Valsavarenche -Val di Rhêmes – Valgrisenche area of the Italian Alps at 1:25,000 in a series of contoured, GPS compatible walking maps from the Turin based Istituto Geografico Centrale, highlighting hiking trails including long-distance routes, ski routes and alpine accommodation. Maps in this series have contours at 25m intervals, enhanced by... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Interlaken - Grindelwald - Lauterbrunnen - Wengen - Brienz Swisstopo SKI 254S
  • Detailed ski map at 1:50,000 from Swisstopo, the country’s national survey organization, showing routes for skiing and/or snowboarding, access by public transport, recommended itineraries, lists of mountain huts, etc. The series uses the cartography of Switzerland’s topographic survey, with additional colouring to show slopes steeper than 30°.... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • La Strada del Vino / South Tyrol Wine Route Kompass 685
  • La Strada del Vino/Südtiroler Weinstraße at 1:25,000 on a durable, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Kompass in their series of detailed maps of the Dolomites.CARTOGRAPHY: Kompass maps of the Dolomites at 1:25,000 have contours at 25-m intervals. An overprint shows local and long-distance footpaths, including all the high level routes... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Chiasso Swisstopo 296
  • Chiasso, map No. 296, in the standard topographic survey of Switzerland at 1:50,000 from Swisstopo, i.e. without the special overprint highlighting walking trails, local bus stops, etc, presented in Swisstopo’s hiking editions of the 50K survey. The map covers mainly the Italian side of the border, with only a small part of Switzerland shown on... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alta Valle Susa - Alta Val Chisone
  • Alta Val Chisone in the Italian Alps presented at 1:25,000 in a series of large, contoured and GPS compatible walking maps from Fraternali Editore, printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. Maps in this series have topography shown by contour lines at 5m intervals with relief shading, spot heights, and colouring and/or... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Val Pellice
  • Val Pellice area of the Italian Alps presented at 1:25,000 in a series of large, contoured and GPS compatible walking maps from Fraternali Editore, printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. Maps in this series have topography shown by contour lines at 5m intervals with relief shading, spot heights, and colouring and/or... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Italy IGN ITA01
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Monte Pisano
  • Monte Pisano area between Lucca and Pisa at 1:25,000 on a detailed, contoured, GPS compatible map from Litografia Artistica Cartografica in their Global Map imprint, with special thematic trails and other hiking routes, cycle paths, etc.The map covers the hills between the outskirts of Lucca and Pisa, extending south to the Arno and east to... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Tuscany: From Florence to Siena Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Food, wine and walking holiday in the Chianti Region of Tuscany. Discover the magic of Chianti; old farmhouses, medieval villages, rows of cypress trees, quiet forests of oak, beach and chestnut, the lively atmosphere of an outside table on the piazza and the cherry flavours of a glass of Chianti Classico. This is the definitive Tuscany!... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Hill Towns of Tuscany
  • Self-guided inn-to-inn walking tour of Tuscany, from Montepulciano to Siena. Walk between Renaissance and medieval hill-top towns of southern Tuscany, discovering Montepulciano, Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, Montalcino, and finally Siena. Your journey winds through a unique linear, almost geometric landscape of hills, vineyards and olive trees.... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Cinque Terre Short Break Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Taste the best of the Cinque Terre on a short walking break to this stunning part of Italy. The best way to discover the Cinque Terre is on foot. Five fishing villages nestled into the steep coastline of the Ligurian Riviera make up the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Smell the sea as you walk along ancient walking trails clinging... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Classic Walks of Mont Blanc
  • Self guided walks on classic Mont Blanc trails. Iconic Alpine walking offering sublime mountain views on both sides of the Mont Blanc Massif. Towering Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe is the dominating presence here and you can experience mountain life from both the French and Italian perspectives. Based in the towns of... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Two Sides of the Matterhorn
  • Experience two sides of the Matterhorn on this self-gudied walking holdiay based in Zermatt and St Luc. Follow in the footsteps of pioneering Victorian hikers and experience Switzerland’s most famous mountain, the Matterhorn, from two sides on this twin centre walking holiday. With stylish Zermatt as your base for four nights, choose from a... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Treasures of Western Sicily
  • Self guided walking holiday on the Western coast of Sicily. Discover Sicily’s windswept and unspoilt Western coast and its intriguing mix of nature, history and culture. The sweeping views of the mountains that meet turquoise seas in the nature reserves of Zingaro and Monte Cofano are a sight to behold, as are the vistas upon reaching the... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Amalfi Coastal Trails Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Self guided walking holiday along the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Walk ancient paths of the Amalfi Coast in Italy as they wind through lemon groves and terraced vineyards with rewarding views at every twist and turn. The Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has drawn visitors to its stunning coastline since Victorian times and its attraction... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Classic Tuscany
  • Walking in Tuscany; Volterra, San Gimignano, Colle di Val D'Elsa, Siena on a self-guided trip. Treat yourself to a week under the Tuscan sun; slow down to take in the classic sights of Volterra, San Gimignano, Colle Val D’Elsa Monteriggioni and Siena on foot—the best way to relax and immerse yourself in Tuscany. Follow trails between hilltop... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Via Francigena: Stage 3: Garlasco to Fidenza
  • Self guided walking tour following the Via Francigena through Lombardy and Emilia Romagna. Cross the fertile river plains of Lombardy and the vineyard-covered foothills of the Apennine Mountains within Emilia Romagna. Discover the exquisite towns of Pavia and Piacenza, both incredibly rich in cultural and artistic treasures. Begin your journey... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Complete Tour du Mont Blanc in Comfort (Extended)
  • Self guided trek staying in hotels following the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. Walk the complete Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland, staying in comfortable accommodation each night. It’s the perfect Alpine trek for those who prefer their trekking in comfort. Your trek starts and finishes in Les... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Tuscany: Classic Chianti Short Break
  • Walking in Tuscany; Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, San Sano and to Siena. On this short break walking adventure in Tuscany discover the unforgettable and classic landscapes of the Chianti wine region. Known as Tuscany’s “third” city, after Florence and Siena, Chianti is formed of castles, fortresses, Romanesque Churches, olive groves and... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Hill Towns of Tuscany Highlights Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Self-guided inn-to-inn walking tour between hill-top villages of southern Tuscany. This highlights tour showcases Renaissance and medieval towns nestled amongst the hills of south Tuscany. Walk from Montepulciano to Pienza, visit Sant’ Antimo Abbey and the baths at Bagno Vignoni. Then it’s on to Montalcino before finishing in the ‘Crete Senesi’... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Classic Tuscany Short Break
  • Walking in Tuscany; Volterra, San Gimignano, Colle di Val D'Elsa, Siena on a self-guided trip. Spend 4 nights exploring Tuscany on foot, walking between atmospheric ancient hilltop towns of Volterra, San Gimignano, Colle di Val D’ Elsa and Siena. Soak up the views as you wander between Etruscan olive groves, vineyards and over rolling green... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Via Francigena: Stage 6: San Miniato to San Quirico
  • Self guided walking tour following the Via Francigena through central Tuscany. Explore the central belt of iconic Tuscan landscapes and a distinctive trio of medieval towns; Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. This stage of the Via Francigena takes you from the charming village of San Miniato to San Quirico situated on the northern edge of... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • The E5 Alpine Crossing - Walk Oberstdorf to Meran
  • Self guided walking tour on the E5 Alpine crossing from Oberstdorf to Meran. Take on the famous E5 Alpine crossing from Germany, through Austria and finishing in Italy’s South Tyrol. This classic inn to inn route is long-distance trekking at its best and is a must for Alpine fans. Hike from mountain pass to mountain pass, taking in the scenery... Read more
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