An active holiday among the mesmerizing Italian mountain ranges, glacier lakes and picturesque villages sounds like a perfect way to reset from the busy every-day routine. Just imagine yourself breathing that fresh mountain air and savoring the luscious Italian cuisine while sipping the high-quality local wine. This dream-like vacation can become a reality the moment you decide to book one of these fantastic hiking tours in Italy.
When going on these hikes with an experienced guide, your safety is nothing to be worried about because you will always be in the safe hands of someone who passed these trails hundreds of times. Nonetheless, of course, this doesn’t exclude the necessary caution each hiker has to have.
In this article, we offer you an overview of the 12 best hiking tours in Italy that could potentially change your life for the better. From easy gourmet hikes combined with wine tasting to Mont Blanc trekking and volcano exploring – we are confident you will find something that sparks your adventurous spirit.
Best Guided Walking Holidays In Italy
Walking in Tuscany By Exodus Travels
The walking tour in Tuscany will take your breath away, so get excited about your upcoming adventure. This might even become your favorite hiking vacation in Italy as you will observe the scenery of the lakeside villages, Italian National parks and Alpi Apuane and Apennine mountain ranges.
The hike starts in Pontecosi and leads through the Orecchiella National Park to the flat summit of Pania di Corfino offering a panoramic view. Alpi Apuane National Park will bring you to astonishing Pania della Croce and the Omo Morto range. Visit the medieval market town Castiglione di Garfagnana and wander through the village of Campocatino. The final destination of the tour is to reach Tuscany’s highest peak of Monte Prado.
The tour includes accommodation in the Agriturismo Braccicorti Farmhouse, meals with vegan and vegetarian options and transportation. Also, the hiking guide is always with you during the trek.
After soaking in the beauty and tradition Tuscany is so famous and cherished for, if you can stay a little longer in Italy, try to spend at least 24 hours or even two days in Florence to explore the art and history of this amazing city.
Amalfi Coast: Hike, Boat & Kayak By Intrepid Travel
This hike on the Amalfi Coast gives you spectacular landscapes of Mediterranean treasures that you notice every step of the way. Explore the ancient town of Pompei settled near Naples, follow the Path of the Gods, discover the hidden Valley of the Mills and paddle along the remarkable Amalfi Coast.
Start walking in Naples and continue to the Vesuvius, a famous volcano that erupted back in 79 AD. Arrive in Agerola and gaze into the mountains of Cilento National Park. You will get to know the island of Capri in-dept, which was known as the holiday destination for the Roman emperors. From your hotel in Amalfi, continue to the Valley of the Dragon up to Ravello, an unavoidable coastal point.
Delicious breakfasts every morning, your transportation and accommodation are all included in the tour’s rate. Activities such as kayaking, a boat cruise and a guided hike along Vesuvius’ Crater are also part of the package.
Gastronomic Barolo Self-Guided Walk By Exodus Travels
This 9-day Gastronomic Barolo self-guided hiking tour in Italy brings closer this peaceful Langhe region of Piedmont in the north-western part of Italy. The gastronomical options are countless; enjoy the wine tasting in Grinzane Cavour or La Morra or satisfy your tastebuds with the specialties served in the Michelin starred restaurants. If you choose to, you can walk to the Monforte D’Alba, where you can even have an overlook of Mont Blanc on a clear sunny day!
Inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this region will blow your mind with its countryside full of vines and sunflowers. You can follow a route beside the crystal Tanaro River passing the enchanting oak forest. After crossing the Talloria River, climb up to reach Serralunga d’Alba with its impressive 13th-century castle. In the Talloria Valley, you will find a 16th-century castle of Barolo.
This self-guided tour of Piedmont’s Langhe region offers 8-nights accommodation, transport, meals, route notes and maps. The meals include not just breakfasts but also the Italian specialty dishes.
If you can afford some more time in Italy after your tour ends, don’t miss out on the capital of this beautiful region, the royal city of Turin.
Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak By Intrepid Travel
The indescribable appeal that Cinque Terre has is undoubtedly best absorbed by hike, bike or kayak – exactly how this Italian tour suggests. The pastel green, yellow, rose, and orange colors radiate from this surreal Italian region, formerly known as the first Italian National Park. It is almost as if the sky dances with the houses’ vivid colors and reflects this beauty to the sea surface.
The first of five villages that make up Cinque Terre is Monterosso, from which you will start your unforgettable hike. Through the famous coastal walk that connects the five villages, you will simply be astonished by the beauty of the vineyard covers combined with occasional forest and citrus groves. When arriving in Portovenere, prepare for the most challenging, yet most rewarding hike of the tour. Hiking in Santa Margherita and kayaking in Portofino Peninsula come as the cherry on top of this fabulous hiking tour in Italy.
The tour includes breakfast, transport and accommodation, along with many exciting activities.
Italian Lakes: Hike, Bike & Kayak By Intrepid Travel
The northern part of Italy holds precious natural scenery that deserves your full attention. From the clear waters of Lake Como and the surrounding villages to hiking near Lake Garda, this combined tour indeed falls under some of the best hiking tours in Italy. After all the hiking, biking and kayaking, you will probably fancy a real Italian specialty. Your dreams will come true in an instant as you have many high-quality restaurants at your hand.
Absorb the tranquility of the waters surrounding you while you begin your Italian adventure around Lake Como. Try kayaking to arrive at Bellagio, the so-called “pearl of the lake”. The next stop is unspoiled Lake Garda located between the three regions of Lombardia, Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige. During this hike, you can do a bike ride and a boat trip across the lake. Punta Vigilio & Torri del Benaco hike is your next challenge, after which you can relax by the lake.
This guided walk and a favorite bike tour in Italy includes breakfasts, transportation with train, boat, kayak, a bicycle and accommodation throughout the trip. The activities like kayaking and boat trips are also part of the price.
Chianti Walking & Wine By Exodus Travels
This walking and wine tour combined every gourmet traveler’s favorite activities; hiking and wine tasting. Let Southern Tuscany seduce you with its dreamy landscape, charming sites and flavorsome dishes. On this hiking trip, you will visit the medieval town San Gimignano, Greve’s market in Chianti, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Siena and the majestic city of Florence.
From Castellina in Chianti, explore the hilltop village of Montefioralle. Absorb the relaxing vibe of Tuscany while learning about wines at the Wine School of Siena. Get lost in Florence, the birthplace of the Italian renaissance, full of historical sites and attractions. From San Gimignano, visit the Palazzo Comunale, Pinacoteca and Torre Grossa.
Accommodation includes seven nights in a beautiful farmhouse with a panoramic swimming pool. You are also provided with meals, wine tasting, a tour guide, many guided walks and transportation.
Walking the Olive Trails of Umbria, Self-Guided By Exodus Travels
Umbria carries the title of having one of the best Italian olive oil, which indeed makes it well-worth of visit. This self-guided walking tour covers all the most exciting parts of Italy, from Assisi and to Spoleto. Walk along the Via San Francesco pilgrims’ path, explore the pink-stoned town of Spello and surround yourself with olive groves along the long trails.
You decide your pace and the content of this walking tour, which gives you full freedom to have your own rhythm. At Assisi, walk to the majestic 13th-century Giotto frescoes or observe the exceptional frescoes by Pinturicchio in Santa Maria Maggiore. When at Trevi, you will come across the relics of Mura Romana (Roman Wall) and Mura Medieval (Medieval Wall). Finally, take a well-deserved break at Borgo della Marmotta.
Route directions, maps and luggage transfers are part of the tour. You also get accommodation for ten nights, your guide and delicious meals.
Sicilian Volcanoes By Exodus Travels
Walk on the edge of the volcano crater of Etna, watch the still-active Stromboli volcano and explore the scenic villages of the Aeolian Islands. This tour is self-guided so you can customize your itinerary according to your desires and wishes.
After arriving at Vulcano’s crater rim to see the steaming “Fumaroles”, you are free to bathe in the Volcano’s hot springs. Later on, enjoy the southern coast of Lipari and the black beaches in Stromboli. Explore the charming hilltop town of Taormina with an optional visit to Teatro Greco. Ultimately, you can choose between hiking in the southern area of the Mount Etna or taking an optional trek to the summit crater with 3350m above sea level.
The tour includes your guide, flight from London, meals and accommodation, together with the treks around the volcanoes.
Walking in Sardinia By Exodus Travels
A week of dreamlike beaches, inviting crystal clear sea, out-of-this-world cuisine, and rocky mountain views portrays this walking tour in Sardinia. Even only after visualizing these scenes, it becomes apparent why Sardinia is so popular among tourists from all over the world.
Begin the tour of your dreams with a 5-hour hike to Monte Tului, residing at 916m above sea level. See Italy’s deepest canyon, the Gorropu Gorge – also known as the “Grand Canyon of Europe”. Explore the site of the Serra Orrios, one of the most important of the Nuraghe villages. Wander through the archaeological sites of the Dorgali area, after which you will arrive at the still mysterious Nuragic village of Tiscali. Enjoy the Cala Luna, one of the most impressive Mediterranean beaches.
Accommodation, meals with vegan and vegetarian options, transport, and an experienced guide are all part of the tour. The tour also includes treks and many other activities.
Walking in Puglia & Matera By Exodus Travels
Settled between the Adriatic and Ionian sea, Puglia and Basilicata illuminate the Mediterranean’s center like real natural pearls. The vineyards and olive groves, traditional dry-wall construction called trulli characteristic for Itria valley, and not to forget the unparalleled local dishes, make this part of Italy a remarkable vacation destination.
Known for its high-quality white wine and local winery, Locorotondo is arguably one of Italy’s most beautiful villages. Explore the whitewashed houses in Ostuni and spoil yourself with a gourmet dinner in Masseria. Choose between the charming baroque city of Lecce, called the “Florence of the South”, or the striking town of Polignano a Mare. Your hotel will be located in the heart of Matera Sassi, noted for its cave areas. Enjoy the lively nature with many butterflies, orchids, almond and olive trees surrounding you on your hike to the edges of Matera.
Your guide will follow you along on this guided tour. You also have the accommodation, meals and transport with all the activities included.
Classic Dolomites Premium By Exodus Travels
Reach the northern part of the Italian Alps and start your adventure throughout this striking mountain range. The Dolomites, located in Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto, mostly in the Belluno province, offer an ideal hike full of panoramic views and open-air museums. After each day, you can relax with the best local meals and share your experience with fellow hikers.
Villabassa will be your base point from which you go to unreal flower-filled Braies Valley and the majestic Lago di Braies, one of the glacial lakes that reflect the stunning mountain ranges on the surface. After having the most amazing apple strudel in the Alpe Nemes, continue to the summit of Strudlekopf at 2307m above sea level. The unforgettable walk beneath the popular “Three Chimneys”, or “Tre Cime di Lavaredo” awaits on day 6 of the tour. Enjoy an open-air museum with a memory of the First World War on Monte Piana.
The tour includes a walk to the Fanes-Sennes and Dolomiti di Sesto National Parks, as well as the meals, accommodation and a trekking guide.
Trekking Mont Blanc By G Adventures
Trekking Mont Blanc includes hiking through hypnotizing mountain ranges of the Alps in France, Italy and Switzerland. Prepare yourself to reach the thin air in the mountain peaks so you can fully absorb each moment of this fantastic walking tour.
From your hotel in Chamonix, France, begin your journey to Les Houches and experience a 24km (14 mi) hike through the astonishing Les Contamines. After arriving in the Croix du Bonhomme, take a break and have a nice lunch enjoying the views. From the glacier lakes in Les Chapieux, go down to the wonderful Val Veny valley. Enjoy your free day in the mountain town of Courmayeur, after which you go on to the Swiss mountain village of La Fouly.
Accommodation in the hotels and mountain refugees, as well as the meals, transportation and the experienced guide, are all part of the package price.
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