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Hiking in Italy

Find your hiking trail in Italy

Discover the hiking trails in Italy, one of Europe’s top destinations for hiking. From the sharp limestone peaks of the Dolomites to the stunning Mediterranean views along the Amalfi Coast, Italy offers such a great variety of hiking experiences. Combine this with Italian cuisine and a coffee shop on every corner, and you have the perfect blend for a great time on the Italian trails. Explore the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, hike from hut to hut in the Dolomites, or wander through the scenery of Paolo Cognetti’s Eight Mountains in Valle D’Aosta.

Best hiking trails in Italy


The Dolomites

If you’re new to hiking in Italy, you might like the hiking trails in the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its stunning limestone formations and panoramic views. Trails like Alta Via 1 and Alta Via 2 offer great treks through the alpine area, featuring “rifugios” (mountain huts) along the way for a unique hut-to-hut hiking experience. These high-altitude trails will lead you through lush valleys, and crystal-clear lakes with views of the sharp peaks.

Valle D’Aosta

Situated in the northwestern corner of Italy, Valle d’Aosta is another great option if you wish to experience the Italian hiking trails. Home to the iconic Monta Rosa, this region offers trails that meander through the heart of the Italian Alps bordering France and Switzerland with major peaks forming a natural border between the three countries. The harmonious blend of Italian, French, and Swiss cultures adds a unique flavor to hiking in Valle D’Aosta.

Apennine Mountains

Stretching the length of the Italian Peninsula, the Apennine Mountains offer a lesser-known area of hiking trails for all levels of hikers. The rugged terrain, dotted with quaint villages and ancient ruins, tells the tales of Italy’s rich past. Hiking the Apennines is a hike through time, where every path has a story to tell of the ancient civilization.

Pilgrim trails in Italy

As you might have thought already, Italy offers a wide range of pilgrim trails with the Via Francigena as the most famous one. This ancient pilgrim route, stretching from the Great St Bernard Pass in Switzerland to Rome, offers a blend of spiritual, cultural, and physical experiences. Walking this historic trail is a pilgrimage through the heart of Italy, embracing its spiritual heritage.

Hiking in Sicily

The island of Sicily, with its jaw-dropping coastline, volcanic peaks, and rich history, offers some of the most dramatic hiking in Italy. Trails like those in the Parco dell’Etna lead you through the lunar landscapes of Europe’s highest and most active volcano, Mount Etna. Don’t underestimate this hiking trail, as it’s pretty cold up there!

Coastal trails in Italy

Italy’s coastlines are perfect for hikers, with trails that have sea views and a taste of Italian coastal life. The Amalfi Coast Trail, connecting Sorrento to Salerno, and the famous Cinque Terre Trail, or Sentiero Azzurro, are perfect for those who enjoy seaside hikes. The Path of the Gods, nestled in the cliffs above the Amalfi coast, offers heavenly views that live up to its divine name.

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