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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids - Pelgrimsroute The Way of St Francis | Cicerone
  • This guidebook to the Way of St Francis describes a 550km month-long pilgrim trail through the green heart of Italy. The route begins at Florence and goes through Assisi before its climax in Rome, exploring the mountains of Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio on the way. The route is split into 28 stages, each graded from 'easy' to 'hard'. Some stages... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • Walking the Italian Lakes
  • A walking guidebook containing 50 day walks around the Italian lakes of Maggiore, Como, Iseo and Garda. The guide includes detailed descriptions and maps for walks that range from easy, leisurely strolls, to more strenuous routes up panoramic peaks. The routes range between 2 to 13 miles in length and offer varying terrain to suit all walkers. Read more
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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
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2015
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Netherlands
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
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
  • 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
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Bozen - Kaltern, Weinstrasse 2012
  • Eggental, Neumarkt, Cavalese. Wanderwege, Radwanderwege, Nordic Walking, Skilanglauf, Skitouren Kümmerly und Frey Italien Outdoorkarte. 1. Auflage, Laufzeit bis 2016. Read more
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United Kingdom
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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2018
  • Wandelgids Florence Walks | Duncan
  • Een wandelgids van Florence met heel duidelijke kaarten. Op een leuke manier kom je zo langs de meest bijzondere plekken van Florence. This delightful new walking guide is the only one to Florence with routes on `bird's eye view' (isometric) mapping. And there are very few walking guides to Florence: a city which is now attracting nearly as... Read more
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The Book Depository
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The Book Depository
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The Book Depository
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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
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Italy: Ed. Abies Maps of Sardinia`s Trenino Verde Railway Routes
  • Sardinia’s Trenino Verde tourist railway lines, crossing some of the island’s wildest terrain and run with vintage diesel and steam locomotives, with the surrounding area on detailed, contoured and GPS compatible maps at 1:40,000 from Edizioni Abies. Each title is available either separately or as part of a set of three or four maps.Topography... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Porto Rotondo to Capo Comino
  • Porto Rotondo - Capo Comino area in a series of contoured, GPS compatible maps at 1:60,000 from Ed. Abies, with extensive tourist information including special recreational routes plus additional coverage at more detailed scales of selected popular areas. *Main series at 1:60,000 (Nos. 1 to 12)*The maps have contours at 100m intervals and... 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lanzo - Viù - Chialamberto - Locana 25K IGC Map No. 110
  • Lanzo - Viù - Chialamberto - Locana – Cirié – Basse Valli di Lanzo area 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Italy: L`Escursionista Hiking Maps of the Environs of Bologna
  • The southern part of the Bologna province on contoured and GPS compatible maps at 1:25,000 from L`Escursionista Editore, highlighting waymarked walking trails and other local paths, not signposted but open to hikers. Topography is presented by contours at 20m intervals with relief shading and colouring indicating orchards and woodlands, plus... Read more
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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
  • Italy North Hallwag Road Map
  • Indexed road map of Italy North at 1:650,000 with regional plans of Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna, Turin, Venice, and Genoa are also included. The map is part of Hallwag Kümmerly + Frey’s distoguide series, that contain an integrated mileage chart on the outer map cover allowing you to read off distances from the map cover itself.The map shows... 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
  • Italy: Odos Cycling maps
  • This series of Odos cycling maps are at a scale of 1:25,000 and 1:35,000 and have prominently marked out cycling routes that are differentiated into different types of cycle situation and terrain. Ideal for planning suitable routes and knowing which routes to avoid whether you are on a mountain bike or road bike. These maps are also suitable... 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
  • Valsugana - Tesino Kompass 621
  • Valsugana – Tesino area 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 (Alte Vie). The maps... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Valle Antigorio Swisstopo SKI 275S
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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United Kingdom
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Walking holidays

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
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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 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
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United Kingdom
  • Tuscany: Classic Chianti
  • Walking in Tuscany; Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti and to Siena. Follow Tuscan trails through the unforgettable wine region of Chianti to Siena, whose historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tour is an intoxicating mix of exceptional experiences as you walk from village to village through this striking region of Chianti.... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Relaxed
  • Self-guided trek, including a rest day in Cortina, walking the full Alta Via 1 through the Italian Dolomites. A well-paced two-week tour along the iconic Italian ‘High Route 1’ through the best of the Dolomiti mountains, with a mid-walk rest day to recharge and explore the region’s ‘hiking capital’ - Cortina. Follow the full Alta Via 1 from... Read more
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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
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United Kingdom
  • The Dolomites to Lake Garda
  • Self-guided walking tour from the Brenta Dolomites to Lake Garda. Walk from the sky-scraping limestone peaks of the Brenta Dolomites to the shimmering shores of Lake Garda. Combine classic hut-to-hut hikes in the Dolomites with relaxed walking at Lake Garda Experience the atmosphere of remote and historic mountain huts (rifugi), riding a... 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
  • Umbria: Trails to Assisi
  • Walking in Umbria from place to place, finishing in Assisi. Walk through Umbria, the green heart of Italy, from the visually stunning hill top town of Spoleto, to the birthplace of St Francis, Assisi. Umbria’s old-world traditions have been kept alive due to this region having no sea or country borders and whilst the towns you visit are... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Highlights
  • Self-guided short break, staying in both Cortina and the mountains, trekking 3 days on the Alta Via 1. Escape on a short break to the High Dolomites and enjoy three fantastic days of great trail walking at around 1500-2500m, surrounded by the very best alpine scenery that the region has to offer. Combine a stay in chic Cortina with nights in... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Sicily: The Aeolian Islands & Taormina
  • Self guided walking holiday Sicily's Aeolian Islands. Walk on the Aeolian Islands of Sicily; Stromboli, Salina and Vulcano. Explore Taormina, the “Pearl of the Mediterranean”, with it’s world-famous ancient Greek Theatre. This island-hopping itinerary in Italy takes you to 3 islands, each different in their own right. Stromboli, with its... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Barolo Vineyard Trail Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Gourmet Walking Holiday in Piedmont. The Barolo Vineyard Walking Trail winds its way through Piedmont, Italy’s hidden paradise for wine connoisseurs and gourmets. It explores the Langhe region, set between the Alps and the Apennine mountains, which is blessed with fertile lands that produce the Tube Magnatum, a prized white truffle, and one 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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United Kingdom
  • Via Francigena: Final Stage - Montefiascone to Rome
  • Self-guided walking tour following the final stage of the Via Francigena through Umbria and Lazio. The final stage of the Via Francigena takes you from the hill top town of Montefiascone to Rome, the eternal city. During your journey along this ancient pilgrimage route you will follow trails through the classic Italian landscapes of... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Umbria: Trails to Assisi Short Break
  • Walking in Umbria from place to place, finishing in Assisi. Take a short break in Umbria, walking through Italy’s “green heart” and following trails to the birthplace of St Francis, Assisi. From Montefalco you can see your final destination, Assisi, perched on Mount Subasio with the sweeping plains below. Begin to get excited about what comes... Read more
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