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Whether it’s Sicily, the Dolomites or the romantic Amalfi coastline, Italy boasts an abundance of superb scenery for walkers to enjoy. Combine this with a wealth of historical interest and a two-hour flight from the UK, and it becomes almost impossible to resist Italy’s siren pull.
The dramatic landscape of the Dolomites offers one of the biggest draws for walkers in Italy. The pink-hued Dolomitic rock of the Trentino has been carved over 50 million years by the actions of ice and water into sheer walls, deep gulleys and fairytale pinnacles. The stark yet incredibly beautiful rock formations are surrounded by verdant green Alpine meadows, suffused by colour from wildflowers in the spring, and dotted with pretty Tyrolean villages; positively ‘chocolate box’ in their picturesque appeal. One of the best ways to enjoy the many delights of the Dolomites is on our Dolomites Circuit Trek which treks between high-level rifugio (mountain huts) that offer comfortable accommodation, delicious local cuisine and spectacular settings in the heart of the mountains.
Italy shares its glorious Alpine landscape with neighbouring France and Switzerland and there are several classic treks which traverse these borders and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Foremost among these treks is the two-week Tour du Mont Blanc - a sublime high level circuit offering endless dramatic vistas and a diversity of language, cuisine, flora and culture. For Alpine enthusiasts, a circuit of one of the Alps’ most iconic peaks is an absolute must and our Matterhorn Trek won’t disappoint if you’re looking for a slighlty shorter trekking holiday through some of Europe’s most breathtaking mountain landscapes.
At the other end of Italy, Sicily’s greatest natural attraction is Mount Etna - its highest mountain and Europe’s tallest active volcano. With much of its surface covered in solidified lava, and a wealth of plant, animal and birdlife to enjoy, Etna offers fascinating hiking. But it isn’t the only draw in this part of Italy, for the nearby UNESCO protected Aeolian Islands offer their own little piece of volcanic paradise. Stromboli and Vulcano provide great walking opportunities to the edge of volcanic craters as well as the chance to enjoy a thermal mud bath or stroll along black sand beaches. Together with great food and accommodation, you can enjoy all these fabulous natural sights on our Mount Etna Volcanic Islands walking holiday.
For those looking to take to the trail in some of Italy’s most renowned walking regions, our Trails of Naples, Capri & the Amalfi Coast or Tuscan Trails walking holidays spend time exploring the many scenic paths of these two delightful and ever popular regions. In addition to some superb walking such as along the ‘Footpath of the Gods’ high above the Amalfi coast, these trips inlcude walking tours of Florence and Siena - Italy’s most picturesque cities - and visits to important historical sites including the haunting ruins of ancient Pompeii.
With delicious food, wonderful scenery, historical interest and almost guaranteed sunshine, you’re bound to find your own little slice of La Dolce Vita on one of our Italian walking holidays.
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