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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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The 10 Most Beautiful hikes in Italy

Blick auf Brisighella
Hiking trail · Italy
Tour del Carnè
recommended route Difficulty easy
6.6 km
2:10 h
248 m
248 m
Eine leichte Wanderung entlang der Hügelkette zwischen den Tälern der Flüsse Lamone und Sintria.
Casa del Romano - Monte Antola 4
Hiking trail · Italy
Casa del Romano - Monte Antola
recommended route Difficulty moderate
10.8 km
3:35 h
393 m
393 m
Die Wanderung auf den Berg Antola, der Lieblingsberg der Genueser, ist ein absoluter Klassiker unter den Wandertouren in Ligurien.
Blick ins Val di Mello
Hiking trail · Italy
Wanderung durchs Val di Mello
recommended route Difficulty moderate
16.3 km
4:45 h
339 m
339 m
Erlebt die natürliche Schönheit des Naturparks Val di Mello mit seinen Bächen und Wasserfällen bei dieser Rundwanderung. 
Lago di Baratz
Hiking trail · Italy
Rundgang um den Lago di Baratz
recommended route Difficulty easy
6.3 km
1:45 h
35 m
35 m
Auf dieser leichten Tour folgen wir einem ruhigen Rundweg im Naturschutzgebiet um den Lago di Baratz auf Sardinien.
Sentiero SOSAT, Madonna di Campiglio
Alpine tour · Brenta Group
Dolomiti Brenta Trek: a 11-stages loop trail around the Brenta group
recommended route Difficulty difficult
92.2 km
40:00 h
7,381 m
7,386 m
The DBT hiking route is a loop route around the Brenta dolomitic group with an average elevation of 2000 meters. The trail covers 96 km of well-marked routes and SAT ferrate.
Die Quellen von Lavino
Hiking trail · Italy
Der Lavino und seine kristallinen Quellen
recommended route Difficulty easy
1
2.1 km
0:35 h
27 m
27 m
Kurzer, gemütlicher Spaziergang rund um die Schwefelquellen im Parco del Lavino
Cascate Cento Fonti
Hiking trail · Italy
Im Tal der Hundert Wasserfälle
recommended route Difficulty moderate
8.7 km
3:10 h
456 m
456 m
Wanderung in der wunderschönen Kulissa zahlreicher Wasserfälle und Gumpen
Hiking trail
Tour della Bessanese
Multi-stage route
30.2 km
11:55 h
2,446 m
2,446 m
Hiking trail
Valle Varaita Trekking
Multi-stage route
181.2 km
65:26 h
8,395 m
8,506 m
Hiking trail · Italy
Casa Pixinamanna - Is Cannoneris - Pantaleo
recommended route Difficulty difficult
17 km
6:00 h
705 m
1,207 m
Diese lange und etwas anspruchsvolle Tour führt uns durch den regionalen Naturpark Gutturu Mannu auf Sardinien.
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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.

For culture lovers, various pilgrimages are recommended: For example, the St. Francis Way will take you through Tuscany.

The Via Francigena, the Franconian Way, or the Vie di Dante will let you discover numerous historical treasures and cultural features of the Italian regions.

The Via Francigena, the Franconian Way, or the Vie di Dante will let you discover numerous historical treasures and cultural features of the Italian regions.

Long distance hiking trail · Italy
Auf dem Franziskusweg durch die Toskana
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 364.7 km
Duration 112:30 h
Ascent 10,936 m
Descent 11,051 m

Der Weg des Heiligen Franziskus verbindet Orte, die mit dem Leben des Heiligen Franz von Assisi in der Toskana verbunden sind.

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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.

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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.

Mountain tour · Brenta Group
Way of the normal route
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 35.4 km
Duration 60:00 h
Ascent 5,500 m
Descent 5,500 m

Mixed with climbing and trekking route, which connects 10 of the Brenta Dolomites peaks in 6 stages, linking existing and re-equipped normal routes.

from Collegio Guide Alpine del Trentino,   APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena

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!

Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna, with the Riviera Romagnola, offers beach tourism that attracts families and young people to its shores every summer. The region is rich in historical and cultural attractions and has a world-famous wine and gastronomic tradition. The warm hospitality does its part and makes Emilia Romagna an ideal holiday destination at any time of the year.

Hiking trail · Italy
Tour del Carnè
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 6.6 km
Duration 2:10 h
Ascent 248 m
Descent 248 m

Eine leichte Wanderung entlang der Hügelkette zwischen den Tälern der Flüsse Lamone und Sintria.

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Liguria

Liguria is a beautiful land between sea and mountains, with pastel-coloured houses and breathtaking views. With its unspoilt nature, the many small towns to discover and an incomparable culinary tradition, it enchants every visitor.

Hiking trail · Italy
Casa del Romano - Monte Antola
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 10.8 km
Duration 3:35 h
Ascent 393 m
Descent 393 m

Die Wanderung auf den Berg Antola, der Lieblingsberg der Genueser, ist ein absoluter Klassiker unter den Wandertouren in Ligurien.

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Lombardy

Lombardy, in the north of Italy, is not only known for its industry and finance, but also for its art and its extraordinary landscapes, starting with the picturesque lakes and mountains. The capital, Milan, is known far beyond the borders of Italy.

Sardinia

Crystal clear waters, soft white sandy beaches, granite rocks framed by wild, fragrant Mediterranean scrub: Sardinia is the island of a thousand contrasts and also has a unique archaeological heritage.

Tuscany

The magical atmosphere of Tuscany unfolds day after day as you stroll through the art towns, cycle through the parks, enjoy the sea or taste the typical products of the region. Tuscany is characterised by a unique cultural and historical diversity that has fascinated visitors for centuries.

Long distance hiking trail · Italy
Auf dem Franziskusweg durch die Toskana
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 364.7 km
Duration 112:30 h
Ascent 10,936 m
Descent 11,051 m

Der Weg des Heiligen Franziskus verbindet Orte, die mit dem Leben des Heiligen Franz von Assisi in der Toskana verbunden sind.

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Trentino

The Dolomites, B&Bs and lakes as well as large parks – all this can be experienced in Trentino. The region invites every holidaymaker to go hiking, cycling or even for a walk.

Mountain tour · Brenta Group
Way of the normal route
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 35.4 km
Duration 60:00 h
Ascent 5,500 m
Descent 5,500 m

Mixed with climbing and trekking route, which connects 10 of the Brenta Dolomites peaks in 6 stages, linking existing and re-equipped normal routes.

from Collegio Guide Alpine del Trentino,   APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena

Umbria

Peaks covered with lush forests and wide valleys criss-crossed by rivers, lakes and waterfalls; hills often crowned by dunes and lakes, interspersed with paths full of history, art and culture, in a natural environment that offers culture and culture;The landscape is full of nature and nature is a natural environment that rebuilds the body and the spirit: Umbria, the green heart of Italy, is all this and much more.

Premium content Difficulty difficult
Distance 236 km
Duration 75:35 h
Ascent 7,149 m
Descent 7,046 m

On the Way of St. Francis, we will go on pilgrimage to the saint's places of activity and experience the countryside of Tuscany and Umbria.

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from Joern Perschbacher,   Outdooractive Premium

Abruzzo

Abruzzo is a region in central Italy. The area is predominantly mountainous and hilly, overlooking a beautiful stretch of the Adriatic Sea. The highest peaks and the only glacier in the Apennines are in this region. But in summer you can also relax by the sea after a trip to the mountains.

Piedmont

Piedmont is characterised by an exceptional artistic and cultural heritage and a unique natural environment. The region of a thousand faces impresses with cities of rare elegance, mountains that invite you to go skiing or hiking, fascinating villages and famous wine regions.

recommended route Difficulty moderate Multi-stage route
Distance 84.8 km
Duration 28:37 h
Ascent 4,570 m
Descent 4,095 m

Weitwanderung mit 5 Tagesetappen von Ausserbinn bis über die Grenze zur Alpe Veglia.

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Reviews

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Monte Capra, Monte Rocca e Tizzano by Shiori
December 04, 2022 · Community
There are a lot of iron doors here that you need to open by yourself and some paths are challenging, of particular note is the gate at the end of the road leading to the city, there seems to be no guard here, and I asked for help but no one answered, a bit disappointing. I want to thank a grandpa for gave me some dim sum made by his wife,It's really delicious, I'm so happy. they are all very friendly and wish this grandpa and his family good health and happiness.
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When did you do this route? December 04, 2022
Photo: Shiori Hashimoto, Community
Photo: Shiori Hashimoto, Community
Photo: Shiori Hashimoto, Community
Photo: Shiori Hashimoto, Community
Photo: Shiori Hashimoto, Community
Scopricollina Pinerolese by Andrea
November 29, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? November 22, 2022
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