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Whether it’s Sicily, the Italian Alps 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.
For an equally enjoyable, but lower level trek, in the Pennine Alps our Monte Rosa Rando trek combines quiet trails, accommodation in small, family-run hotels and stunning scenery in the shadow of the Monte Rosa Massif.
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 destinations, our Trails of Capri & the Amalfi Coast walking holiday spends time exploring the many scenic paths of this delightful and ever popular region. In addition to some superb walking such as along the ‘Footpath of the Gods’ high above the Amalfi coast, this trip includes a day on the picturesque island of Capri, a tour of the haunting ruins of ancient Pompeii and a climb to the top of Mount Vesuvius.
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 or trekking holidays.
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