I keep saying that the best way to enjoy Italy is by foot and as you are planning your Italian escape look at these suggestion to help you in your planning. You can be walking in the mountains,, along the coastline like Cinque Terre, or urban trekking through on of the regions of Italy having the right gear will make your trip more enjoyable.
If you haven’t used trekking poles before, have no fear. You’ll figure out how to use them right away. The Dolomites Alta Via 1 is a difficult trail with varying terrain and steep ascents and descents while Venice has lots of bridges. Trekking poles will help you power up hill, keep your balance when you slip in mud, and reduce the strain on your knees and feet with every step you take. I had good luck with Leki poles, but any type of poles will be better than none.
It you planning multiday hikes or train backbacking scrutinize every item you bring and bring only the essentials. Remember, you’ll be carrying whatever you pack for around 90 miles and for 6 – 12 hours each day through the challenging Dolomites ot through the city to get to your hotel.
Most the rifugios require you to remove your boots before entering the main areas of the hut. Also, you’ll want them for showering to avoid getting athlete’s foot. Plus, they are great for taking your shoes off on longer breaks or when you find a nice cold stream to soak them in.
Since carrying a full wardrobe would make your pack unnecessarily heavy, bring clothes that are quick drying so you can wash them at the rifugios or hotel bathroom at the end of each day’s walk. Helly Hanson and Patagonia both make some great clothes that will be comfortable and designed for adventure travelers. Don’t forget to bring your quick drying towel as well.
Be sure to bring multiple pairs of hiking socks. I recommend swapping them out for a fresh pair at lunch – I promise that your feet will thank you. Hang your old ones off the back of your pack so they will air out and dry. It’s amazing the difference that a pair of new socks can make for your comfort.
Regardless of being in the Dolomites or visiting the trifecta of Roma. Florence, and Venice with proper planning and knowledge you will be amazed at the history, culture, and unique lifestyle of the Italy. We hope you have a wonderful visit and check out some of our other articles about traveling in Italy.