Our walking holidays in Italy
Our Italy walking holidays explore some of the most treasured regions of bella Italia without ever contributing to the tourist crush some places can experience. Climb away from the crowds on the Amalfi Coast by visiting tiny mozzarella producers and picnicking under lemon groves. Winemakers will happily reveal all about the grapes they grow in Tuscany as you wind your way between vineyards, before snoozing in country villas and eating at rural restaurants. And you can learn why mountain folk live for winter in the Dolomites, where local snowshoeing guides lead the way to forests heaped with snow – far more fulfilling than blink-and-you’ll-miss-it downhill skiing.
Our top Walking holidays in Italy
From £1429 to £18998 days inc UK flights
Walk in lemon groves and hillside villages
Small group2022: 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 8 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 31 Dec, 2023: 11 Feb, 18 Feb, 25 Feb, 4 Mar, 11 Mar, 18 Mar, 25 Mar, 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 15 Apr, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 23 Dec, 30 Dec
From £1699 to £19498 days inc UK flights
Puglia, whitewashed towns, traditional farmland and fine cuisine
Small group2022: 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 15 Oct, 5 Nov, 2023: 1 Apr, 15 Apr, 6 May, 20 May, 3 Jun, 17 Jun, 8 Jul, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 4 Nov
From £1449 to £17498 days inc UK flights
Walking and wine tasting in Tuscany
Small group2022: 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 2023: 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 29 Apr, 6 May, 13 May, 20 May, 27 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct
From £1649 to £18798 days inc UK flights
Discover Mt Etna and the beautiful volcanic achipelago
Small group2022: 4 Sep, 18 Sep, 9 Oct, 2023: 9 Apr, 23 Apr, 7 May, 14 May, 21 May, 4 Jun, 18 Jun, 9 Jul, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 24 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct
From £1549 to £18498 days inc UK flights
Unique regions between the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian seas
Small group2022: 10 Sep, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 22 Oct, 5 Nov, 2023: 18 Mar, 8 Apr, 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 6 May, 13 May, 27 May, 3 Jun, 17 Jun, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 4 Nov
From £1299 to £16998 days inc UK flights
A variety of daywalks in the beautiful Tuscan countryside
Small group2022: 10 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 2023: 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 29 Apr, 6 May, 13 May, 20 May, 27 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct
More about our walking holidays in Italy
Self guided or small group?
Many people, especially those new to walking holidays or travelling solo, prefer the ease and sociability that comes with joining a small group tour. You’ll be accompanied by up to around 14 other hikers, and follow carefully designed routes led by an expert guide. No need for a map. No need for anything, in fact, except to enjoy the exercise, views and fun of making new friends. There are plenty of self guided Italy walking holidays too. These not only give you the flexibility of choosing your own travel dates and accommodation, but let you make routes more or less challenging.
Amalfi Coast walking holidays in Italy
The Amalfi Coast – as chic as it is beautiful – stretches 50km along the Sorrentine peninsula. Come summer, crowds flock here like paparazzi in search of a red carpet event. But step just a little inland, and you’ll find rural tranquillity, with trails linking tiny mountain villages past waterfalls, lemon groves and meadows of wildflowers. The Path of the Gods is one of the world’s most beautiful walking routes, but Monti Lattari Regional Park and Valle delle Ferrier Nature Reserve are both showstoppers in their own right. Capri, too, has many lovely hiking routes taking you beyond the glitz.
Tuscany walking holidays in Italy
Tuscany needs little introduction, but it may surprise you how varied walking holidays here can be. It’s not simply a choice between joining a small group or plotting your own self guided route. You might mix walking with wine tasting or beachcombing on stretches of sand that are virtually deserted outside summer. Well-marked trails in Maremma Regional Park have restricted access, letting you explore Etruscan beauty without the crowds. For those wanting a little more rigour, head to Northern Tuscany and more mountainous terrain. Even here the trekking is mostly moderate, and regular hikers will take the ascents in their stride.
Prosecco Hills walking holidays in Italy
Swathed in vineyards, the Prosecco Hills in Italy’s Veneto region are as pleasant to walk as the fizz is to drink. Close to the Dolomites, and under an hour from Venice, the hills and valleys are criss-crossed with easy-going trails that allow plenty of time to explore the area’s gastronomy, culture and history. You’re never far from a little village where you can refuel with a wild mushroom risotto or a plate of gnocchi. Walking holidays run from spring through to autumn, with September and October the time to come for lower temperatures and to watch the grape harvest.
Via ferrata walking holidays in Italy
A via ferrata is a network of ladders and metal cables clamped securely to the rocks, enabling walkers to access routes and viewpoints that would previously have been available only to mountaineers. Expert guides escort small groups on what are often physically demanding and precarious routes, with the Dolomites being one of the most popular destinations. You will need to be in good physical condition – upper body strength is key for pulling yourself up some sections and walking days are long. If you don’t have a head for heights, a via ferrata walking holiday is not for you.
Top 10 walking holidays in Italy
We could quite easily list 50, but after much hard work and debating we’ve narrowed down our top 10 walking holidays in Italy. From gentle hikes between vineyards in the Prosecco Hills and peaceful rural trails around the Amalfi Coast, to otherworldly landscapes on volcanic Sicily and the jagged Dolomites that take on a beguiling pinkish hue at sunset – you’ll find plenty of inspiration here. We take you through what to expect from the Italian Lakes, classic Mont Blanc route and foodie paradise of Piedmont, as well as letting you know the best time to go walking in Italy.
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