Hike through history
Italy is falling down with history. On every hike be it an ancient mule path, Etruscan trade trail or Roman road, you will strike some sort of treasure. In Sicily alone, the Valley of the Temples is a paean to classical Greece, Palermo oozes Arabic style, while Siracusa and Noto are Baroque gems. And Sardinia alone boasts 7,000 sites linked to the mysterious Nuraghe dating back 6,000 years.
The medieval and Renaissance fabric of Florence is complemented by other Tuscan wonders: Gothic Siena, Renaissance Lucca and San Gimignano’s high medieval towers - rivalled by lovely Alba, Piedmont's 'town of 100 towers'. Amid the jagged rose-tinted peaks of the Dolomites, enjoy a unique blend of Austrian and Italian culture and architecture in towns like Bolzano and Merrano. And on the Amalfi Coast you have Pompeii and Herculaneum, or the stunning remains of a Greek city at Paestum. Take a walking holiday that includes cultural stops along the way, or just wander and see what you fall upon. Because wherever you walk in Italy, you’ll constantly be reminded of one thing: it wasn’t built in a day.