Alta Via 2 Hiking Tour | Italian Dolomites

ALTA VIA 2 HIKING TOUR | ITALIAN DOLOMITES

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The Dolomites “Alta Via” n.2, leads from the Eisack Valley to the ancient town of Feltre. Through the centuries, Feltre became the core of Venetian culture on the border of the alpine mountains. The mountain ranges crossed by the “Alta Via 2” are some of the most famous in the Dolomites. Some peaks appear soft and inviting while others are dignified, haughty and as sharp as the turrets of old medieval castles.  The Plose, Peiterkofel, Púez, Sella, Marmolada Geisler mountain groups are good examples of the former while the Pale di San and the Alpi Feltrine are typical of the latter, with their arching peaks.

This route is divided into 13 stages offering a variety of different landscapes and geological features. The scenery alternates between mountains made of Dolomite rock such as the Peiterkofel, the Geisler, Sella, Pale and Cimònega to limestone mountains such as the Marmolada. Some regions, like the Plose, Púez, Padon, Bocche and Vette are made of a completely different type of rock and have therefore a completely different appearance, offering a strong and picturesque contrast to the Dolomite mountains.

However, it is the large plateaus make this route so special and unique. These plateaus lie between 2000m and 2500m above sea level and the Pale di San Martino measures around 50 km. The plateaus of the Sella, Púez, Zingari and the Vette Feltrine are smaller.

HIKING THE ALTA VIA 2 ROUTE NOTES

STAGE 1: From Bressanone to Rifugio Città di Bressanone-PlöseHütte

  • ELEVATION: gain 1900 m da Bressanone, 435 m da Valcroce, 150 dalla Seggiovia
  • LENGTH: 27 km departing from Bressanone
  • WALK TIME: 6,30 hours by foot from Bressanone
  • TRAILS: 4, 5 and 17
  • DIFFICULTY: E

STAGE 2: From Rifugio Città di Bressanone (Plöse Hütte) to Rifugio Genova (Schlüterhütte)

  • ELEVATION: 500 meters gain; 650 meters descent
  • LENGHT: 15 km
  • WALK TIME: ore 5
  • TRAILS: 4
  • DIFFICULTY: E, short section of fixed trail

STAGE 3: From Rifugio Genova-Schlüterhütte to Rifugio PùezPuezhütte

  • ELEVATION: 850 meters gain; 670 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 15 km
  • WALK TIME: 6 hours
  • TRAILS: 3 and 2
  • DIFFICULTY: EE, short section of fixed trail

STAGE 4: From Rifugio Pùez to Rifugio “Franco Cavazza” al Pisciadù

  • ELEVATION: 570 meters gain; 460 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 10 km
  • WALK TIME: 5 hours
  • TRAILS: 2 and 666
  • DIFFICULTY: EE, short section of fixed trail

STAGE 4: From Rifugio Pisciadù to Rifugio Castiglioni alla Marmolada

  • DIFFICULTY: 750 meters gain; 1280 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 19 km
  • WALK TIME: 6,30 to 7 hours
  • TRAILS: 666, 647, 627, 601
  • DIFFICULTY: EE, section of fixed trail

STAGE 5: From Rifugio Castiglioni alla Marmolada to Passo San Pellegrino

  • ELEVATION: 1100 meters gain; 1200 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 16 km
  • WALK TIME: 7 hours
  • TRAILS: Paved road and trails 610, 689, 694, 670, 607
  • DIFFICULTY: T e E

STAGE 6: From Passo San Pellegrino to Rifugio “Volpi” al Mulàz

  • ELEVATION: 1100 meters gain; 500 meters descent
  • LENGHT: 14 km
  • WALK TIME: 7 hours
  • TRAILS: 658 and 751
  • DIFFICULTY: EE, short section of fixed trail

STAGE 8: From Rifugio “Volpi” to Mulàz al Rifugio “Pedrotti” alla Rosetta

  • ELEVATION: 760 meters gain; 750 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 8 km
  • WALK TIME: 5 hours
  • TRAILS: 703
  • DIFFICULTY: EE e EEA on Sentiero delle Faràngole

STAGE 9: From Rifugio Rosetta to Rifugio Pradidàli and Rifugio Treviso

  • ELEVEATION: 720 meters gain; 1600 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 14 km
  • WALK TIME: 7 hours
  • TRAILS: 702, 715, 709, 711, 707
  • DIFFICULTY: EE with short section of EEA

STAGE 10: From Rifugio Treviso to Passo Ceréda

  • ELEVATION:  1150 meters gain; 900 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 10 km
  • WALK TIME:4,30 hours
  • TRAILS: 718
  • DIFFICULTY: EE

STAGE 11: From Passo Ceréda to Bivacco Feltre “Walter Bodo”  or Rifugio “Bruno Boz”

  • ELEVATION: 1200 meters gain; 600 meters descent
  • LENGHT: 14 km
  • WALK TIME: 6,30 hours
  • TRAILS: 801
  • DIFFICULTY: EE, short section of fixed trail

STAGE 12: From Bivacco Feltre to Rifugio Dal Piaz

  • ELEVATION: 900 meters gain; 650 meters descent
  • LENGHT: 15 km
  • WALK TIME: 7 hours
  • TRAILS: 801
  • DIFFICULTY: EE, short section of fixed trail

STAGE 13: From Rifugio Dal Piaz to Croce d’Àune the down to Feltre

  • LENGTH: 980 meters descent to Croce d’Àune, 1670 meters descent to Feltre
  • LENGTH: 19 km
  • WALK TIME: 6 hours
  • TRAILS: 801 and paved road
  • DIFFICULTY: E e T

ITALIAN DOLOMITES ALTO VIA 2 HIKING TRAIL MAP

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Alta Via Hiking Tours in the Italian Dolomites

ALTA VIa HIKING TOURS IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES

Hiking the Alta Vie Trails of the Dolomites of Italy

There's no greater thrill, then to challenge yourself by hiking from one mountain valley to another crossing spectacular summits, or starting at one seashore and biking or walking to another. Hiking the Alte vie (high routes) in the Italian Dolomites is an unforgettable and lifetime experience that is unmatched by walks in any other mountain range.

Hiking the Alte Vie in the Italian Dolomitesis much different then walking Appalachian Trail,Sierra Nevada trails, or the great Alps traverse. Many other walks can be done with very little support other than your, backpack, map, and understanding of where the mountain huts are located. Hiking the upper trails in the Dolomites will also allow you to explore the diverse heritage of the mountain valleys, unique geological history, and food and drink of the region.

Within the Italian Dolomites there are 10 Alta Via routes that are well signposted and maintained. Routes can vary in degree of difficulty and cross different mountain groups where you are exposed to different environments. You can hike the entire route or just do a few days along the route.

Alta Vie Hiking Trails Italian Dolomites

Alta Via 1 - 150 km, 12 Days· This is the classic and easiest route that runs from Lago di Braies, in the Trentino Alto Adige Region, and takes you down to Belluno, in the Veneto Region, you will across the heart of the Italian Dolomites from north to south.

Alta Via 2 - 185 km, 14 Days: Also one of the older classic routes the Alta Via 2 is a bit longer and more difficult then the Alta Via 1. Starting in Bressanone, BZ and running south to Feltre, BL the route is almost all within the Trentino-Alto Adige region.· The route passes over the Putia, Odie-Puez Mountain Group, Sella Mountain Group, Marmolada Mountain Group, Pale di San Martino Mountain Group, and Feltrine Mountain Group of the Italian Dolomites.

Alta Via 3 - 120 km, 10 Days: Also known as Alta Via dei Camosci,route starts in Dobbiaco, Bolzano provinceand ends in Longarone, Belluno Province. The route passes through the Dolomiti di Braies, Cristallo Mountain Group, Sorapiss Mountain Group, Marmarole Mountain Group, Pelmo Mountain Groupand Bosconero mountain group of the Italian Prealps. The route is one of the more difficult.

Alta Via 4 - 90 km, 8 DaysAlta Via di Grohman starts in San Cadido, BZ and ends in Pieve di Cadore, BL in the Veneto.· The route passes through the mountain groups of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Cadidni di Misurina, Sorapiss Mountain Group, Marmarole Mountain Group, and the Antelao Mountain Group. The route is challenging and has some fixed lines on some sections.

Alta Via 5 - 100 km, 9 Days:· Alta Via di Tiziano connects Sesto, BZ with Pieve di Cadore BL and crosses the Sesto Mountain Group, Marmarole Mountian Group,Sorapiss Mountain Group and Antelao Mountian Group.

Alta Via 6 - 190 km, 14 Days: Also called the Alta Via dei Silenzi this route starts in Sappada, BL and ends in Vittorio Veneto, TVand traverses the d'Oltre Piave Dolomitiand theCarniche of the ItalianPrealps.· The mountains are not as rugged as other routes, but there are long sections that are isolated and not very frequented.

Alta Via 7 - 35 + 75 km, 9 Days: This route is divided into two sections that traverse the Col Nudo andCalallo Mountains of the Italian Prealpsand sections of the Oltre Piave Dolomites and then over to the Col Visentin Mountains down to the Veneto Plain. The first section is very remote.

Alta Via 8 - 160 km, 13 Day: This route was developed to showcase the western Italian Dolomitesand starts inBessanone, BZand ending inSalorno, TO.  This is an easy route that passes through thePutia-Odle Mountain Group, Sciliar Mountian Group, Catinaccio Mountain Group, Latemar Mountain Groupand hills in the d'Ega valley.

Alta Via 9 - 90 km, 12 Days: This is the only alta via that runs west to east, rather than north to south. The route starts inBolzano, BZand ends in Santo Stefano di Cadore, BL crossing the Sciliar Mountain Group, Catinaccio Mountain Group, Sella Mountain Group, Tofane Mountain Group, Cristallo Mountain Group and Sesto Mountain Group.

Alta Via 10 - 115 km, 16 Days: This is the only alta via on the western side of theAdige valley and runs from Bolzano, BZ to Gardone Riviera, BG, on Lake Garda. The route passes through the Mandola, Mountains, The Brenta Mountain Group, and theCadria andCaploner mountains of the Italian Prealps. This route includes the famous fixed cable route, vie ferrata dellaBocchette of the Brenta Mountain Group,the fixed line route can be bypassed.

Alta Via Hiking Trail 1, Italian Dolomites

ALTA VIa 1 HIKING TRAIL ITALIAN DOLOMITES

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The Italian Dolomites, Alto Via Hiking Route # 1 is a great walk for anyone who loves alpine nature and enjoys backpacking at a moderate altitude without too much danger. It crosses the heart of the Dolomites in its central mountains groups, from Pusteria (in the Bolzano Province of the Trentino Alto Adige Region) to Belluno (in the Belluno Province of the Veneto Region.  The Alto Vie 1 route passes through the Dolomites of Bràies,  Cortina d’Ampezzo, Zoldano, Agordino and Belluno, offering wonderful landscapes and sure to excite.

The northernmost part of this High Route starts from the charming Bràies Lake and goes through the romantic reign of Fanes, as far as the Tofane. Once here, mountain experts will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of safeguarded climbs. Following the easy trail, you will enter the beautiful Zoldo Valley, which pays homage to the regal hugeness of Mt Pelmo.
 Hiking on the Civetta Group offers the grandest views of all the Dolomites. This fantastic itinerary ends in the green Valbelluna.

Be careful: do not undertake this route before thaw, i.e. before the end of June.

Route: fromBraies Lake (in Val Pusteria) to Belluno passing through many of the most spectacular parts of the Dolomite Mountains.
Stages: 12 (can be reduced to 8/9 by skipping some stretches)

Length: 150 km
Days needed to walk: 13 days

Difficulty: Easy

ALTA VIA 1 HIKING TOUR ROUE NOTES

Section 1 - Braies Lake - Rifugio Biella


Three hours and a half walk through an enchanting plateau.
From the rifugio you can easily reach the Croda del Becco peak in an hour and a half walk.

Section 2 - Rifugio Biella - Rifugio Fànes


Four - five hours walk.
From rifugio Fànes, along the "Via della Pace" ("peace route"), you reach the Croda del Valùn Blanch from where you will have an exceptional view of the Tofane and the Val Travenànzes.

Section 3 - Rifugio Fànes - Rifugio Lagazuòi


Five hours walk.
Easy stage which crosses, over the Forcella del Lago, the pass is between Torre del Lago and Cima Scotoni. Once over the peak you work your way downhill to the small Lagazuòi Lake.

Section 4 - Rifugio Lagazuòi - Rifugio Dibona


Three - four hours walk.
Today is a great option for individuals equipped to confront a via ferrata, the Vie Ferrata Lipella is an option The Ferreta is a spectacular 6 hour itinerary which crosses the positions of the First World War and goes downhill to Rifugio Giussani (at Forcella Fontananegra, between the Tofane di Ròzes and di Mezzo).
For less experienced walkers,  make sure you are equipped with a flashlight, can explore the old war tunnel, bore by the Alpine soldiers in July 1916, in Castelletto.

Section 5 - Rifugio Dibona - Rifugio Cinque Torri - Rifugio Nuvolau


Five hours walk.
Today pass near the Cinque Torri is one of the most beautiful rock formation and well known for rock climbing routes.  A great place to lunch and take a break today is at Rifugio Nuvolau, one of the most charming natural balconies in the Dolomites.

Section 6 - Rifugio Nuvolau - Rifugio Palmieri - Rifugio Città di Fiume


Three hours walk.
This itinerary works it way to the foot of Monte Pelmo, one of the first massifs to be climbed at the beginning of the XIX century.

Section 7 - Rifugio Venezia - Rifugio Sonnino al Coldài


Four hours walk.
Excellent walk today to reach Rifugio Coldài, this is one of the most suitable place where to enjoy a romantic sunset on the northern walls of the Civetta Mountain Group, one of the most well-known Dolomites peaks.

Section 8 - Rifugio Sonnino - Rifugio Tissi - Rifugio Vazzolèr


Four - five hours walk.
From the Rifugio, the via ferrata Alleghesi leads to the Civetta peak, while the via Tissi is reserved to walking with good alpine mountain skills. Today you have an excellent view 1.300 metres below Rifugio Tissi where Lake Alleghe sits.


Section 9 - Rifugio Vazzolèr - Rifugio Carestiano


Four hours and a half walk today.

Section 10 - Rifugio Carestiano - Rifugio Pramperèt


Four - five hours walk.

Section 11 - Rifugio Pramperèt - Rifugio 7° alpini


From ten to twelve hours.
This is the longest stage which winds among rocky landscapes and the green mountain pastures in Val Vescovà.

Section 12 - Rifugio 7° alpini – Belluno


Two - three hours walk. 
Easy stage which winds along the Val D'Ardo to reach your final destination at Belluno

Alta Via Hiking Trail 5 (Titian's Trial), Italian Dolomites

ALTA VIA 5 HIKING TOUR ITALIAN DOLOMITES

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Alta Via n. 5 hiking trail is dedicated to the artist Titian, who used images of the Marmarole mountain, that is a sub section of the Antelao Mountain Group. to enrich the background of his pictures.  A good portion of this trail crosses the Marmarole Mountain, therefore it is a fitting name.

  • Start Point (North): Sesto di Pusteria
  • Finish Point (South): Pieve di Cadore
  • N. Stages: 7 
Lenght: 100 km 

  • Average Time To Walk: 10 days

  • Difficulty Level: PD/medium

ALTA VIA 5 HIKING TOUR ROUTE NOTES

"Titian’s High Route", from Sesto in Pusteria to Pieve di Cadore, can be divided into 3 parts, which corresponds to the main mountain groups you cross; Croda dei Tòni and the Popèra; second, the Marmaròle; third, the Antelao. On the Croda dei Toni and on the Antelao the route follows trails that are not particularly difficult for a trained hiker and that are always well equipped in case of dangerous passages.
Instead, however extraordinary and unique, the Marmarole present greater difficulty given by isolation, a great difference in height and fog.

KEY CHECKPOINTS AND RIFUGI OF THE ALTA VIA 5 ROUTE

Rifugio Zsigmondy Comici - Rifugio Giosuè Carducci
Three hours and a half walk.
From Sesto (1316 mt) reach by car, (towards San Giuseppe di Moso), Campo Fiscallino (Dolomitenhof - 1454 m). Leave the car and enter the dirt road to Capanna di Fondovalle (Talschlusshütte - 1548m) and, (following the path n. 103), reach Rifugio Zsigmondy Comici (2224 m), at the foot of the northern wall of the Croda dei Toni (Zwölferkofel) and the eastern slope of the Cima Undici (Elferkofel).

Walk along the Lago Ghiacciato, through the scree of the Croda dei Toni, and reach the Rifugio Giosuè Carducci where, in summer it is possible to overnight (34 beds - booking recommended)

For those who desire to stay in on of the two rifugio of this stage, the excursions to Croda dei Tòni Tour (height hours and a half, starting point and arrival Rifugo Zsigmondy Comici) and the Pòpera Tour (13 hours, with overnight possibility at Rifugio al Popèra-Antonio Berti -booking recommended- or at Rifugio Selvapiana-Italo Lunelli; starting point and arrival at Rifugo Zsigmondy Comici or Rifugio Giosuè Carducci)

Rifugio Giosuè Carducci - Ponte da Rin in Val Ansièi
Three hours walk. If you want to reach Rifugio Ciareìdo it will take eight hours and a half.
This easy stretch allows to visit the nice town of Auronzo di Cadore. Here several structures can offers many overnight possibilities.
  More trained hikers can link the second o the third stage and reach Rifugio Ciarèido or Rifugio Baiòn-Boni (eight hours and a half from Rifugio Carducci).

Ponte da Rin in Val Ansièi - Rifugio Ciarèido o Rifugio Baion-Boni
Five hours and a half walk.
Majestic panorama on the eastern Dolomites and on those beyond Val d'Ansièi.
Interesting excursions to the Rifugi per il Monte Agùdo.

Rifugio Ciarèido o Rifugio Baion-Boni - Bivacco Rifugio Tiziano
Six hours and a half walk.
In this stage the ferrata "Sentiero degli Alpini" is included (excellently restored ex-novo by the Alpine guides in 1989), and made by a series of metal ropes which lead the excursionist, without any particular difficulties to forcella Giau de la Tana (2650 m). Majestic panorama on the Popèra, Cadìni and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
Also in this stage, expert Alpine guides can suggest many interesting excursions.

Bivacco Rifugio Tiziano - Bivacco Musatti - Bivacco Voltolìna
This stage takes nine hours walk and is proposed in only one stage. However, excursionists can divide it as they like it, considering the bivouacs availability too.

Bivacco Voltolìna - Rifugio San Marco - Rifugio Galassi
Four hours and a half walk.
This stage sees an increasing exposure, but the path is good and well equipped in the most binding stretches. Metal ropes and short equipped stretches (often covered with snow) requires a minimum mountaineering experience.
Alpine guides, very often give changes which allow to reach the rifugio San Marco and Galassi skipping the Cèngia del Doge. 
From Rifugio Galassi it is then possible to reach, through a not difficult but long route, the Antelao peak (3264 m). The climb is recommended, but it takes a whole day.

Rifugio Galassi - Rifugio Antelao - Pieve di Cadore
Seven hours and a half walk.
Interesting and not tiring excursion which allow to plunge in the heart of the Dolomites.

Catinaccio Rosengarten 3 Day Hiking Tour

CATINACCIO ROSENGARTEN 3 DAY HIKING TOUR

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Three Day Hiking Tour at upper altitude through one of the Dolomites most spectular landscapes.  The Catinaccio and Rosengarten group is part of the UNESCO hertiage site.

DEPARTURE POINT: Pozza di Fassa, there is a bus up to rifugio Gardeccia:

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EE, mountain trails

CATINACCIO HIKING TOUR ROUTE NOTES

DAY 1 - From Pera di Fass to Rifugio Passo Principe 2600 meters a.s.l.

  • Elevation: 1079 meters gain, 427 meters in descent
  • Time to walk: 4 hours 30 mintues
  • Route: You can arrive to Pera di Fassa by regional bus.  From here hike the trail up to Rifugio Gardeccia (1949 meters a.s.l.). Then to Ciampedie 1998 meters a.sl., to Vail delle Feide and through Passo Delle Zigolade 2561 meters a.s.l.. After the Pass you will head to Rifugio Vijolet e Preuss 2243 meters a.s.l. and end the day at Rifugio Passo Principe 2600 meters a.s.l.

DAY 2 - From Rifugio Passo Principe 2600 meters a.s.l. to Rifugio Gardeccia 1949 meters a.sl.

  • Elevation: 1063 meters gain, 1811 meters in descent
  • Time to Walk: 7 hours
  • Route: Rifugio Passo Principe to Passo Antermola 2769 meters a.sl., then to Rifugio Antermola 2496 meters a.s.l. After this point walk to Rifugio Alpe di Tires 2440 meters a.s.l., then through Passo Molignon 2604 meters a.s.l. the last section of the day is over to Busa del Principe 2350 meters a.s.l. then to Rifugio Passo Principe 2600 meters a.s.l. and ending at Rifugio Gardeccia 1949 meters a.s.l.

DAY 3 - From Rifugio Gardeccia to Rifugio Gardeccia 1949 meters a.s.l. returning to Pozza di Vigo by bus.

  • Elevation: 939 meters gain, 648 meters in descent.
  • Time to Walk: 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Route: From Rifugio Gardeccia 1949 meters a.s.l. over to Passo Coronelle 2630 meters a.s.l. then to Rifugio Coronelle (Rosengartenhutte) 2339 meters a.s.l. then to Rifugio Roda di Vael 2280 meters a.s.l. to Ciampedie 1998 meters a.s.l. ending at Rifugio Gardeccia.

RIFUGIO'S ON THE CANTICCIO HIKING TOUR

RIFUGIO PASSO PRINCIPE2600 meters a.s.l., Private owner, Telephone 3339291302, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
RIFUGIO GARDECCIA1949 meters a.s.l., Private owner, Telephone 3357432677, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fort Campolongo Hike | Asiago

HIKING FROM RIFUGIO CAMPOLONGO TO CAMPOLONGO FORT

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Great one day hike to explore the old forts of the First World War.

HIKING ASIAGO ROUTE NOTES

START POING:Rifugio Campolongo
LENGTH: 5 Km (roundtrip)
WALKING TIME: 3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 180 metres
MAX ELEVATION: 1720 meters a.s.l.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Easy
 

Starting from Asiago you reach Canove along the State road to Vicenza and at the roundabout takes to Roana (3.5 Km). By Roana cross Mezzaselva and straightness of Rotzo follow the signs towards Monte Verena and chalet at Campomulo, on the right of the intersection where there is the Church. Climb the great paved road until the crossroads on the left clearly visible, to Caicedo.

Car parking point: Parking and Shelter Campolongo

Hiking the Tuscany Region

HIKING THE TUSCANY REGION

Hiking in Tuscany

The best way to explore the Tuscany Region is on foot. From the peaks of the Tuscan mountains to the Via Francigena, travellers and nature lovers can walk their way through the beauties of Tuscany. Walking through Tuscany, exploring it slowly to savour the details and nuances that are often missed. Trekking is a way of being in direct contact with nature and this incredible landscape. These are unique experiences that are very different from mass tourism.  

Tuscany is the ideal place for this kind of 'slow travel' because it offers a host of different landscapes—from the mountain peaks of the Apennines to the Tuscan Maremma. Step by step, excursionists always  find something spectacular and unexpected before them. A rich network of footpaths crosses the region: itineraries for all kinds of trekkers. From Sunday treks with the whole family in the region's natural parks to more difficult routes for mountain trekkers—the region offers a wealth of options.  

Unspoilt nature, routes with varying difficulty that can be combined with sports or cuisine: this is the Garfagnana. Here you'll find small medieval hamlets, where age-old traditions can still be experienced. A beautiful show of the white mountains of the Apuan Alps: marble that sparkles under the bright rays of the sun. Only here can you find such beauty.

URBAN TREKING IN TUSCANY

For those who want to avoid high altitudes, Siena and its footpaths are a perfect alternative. With its ups and downs, Siena is ideal for urban trekking because it is the perfect marriage between physical activity and art. On the hills that surround Florence, some 170 km of paths await. Along the Ring of the Renaissance, trekkers will walk through ancient monasteries, castles, churches, towns until reaching the Tuscan capital.  

For those who prefer the seaside, the Costa degli Etruschi offers itineraries characterized by sky, land and sea. These itineraries can also be travelled by mountain bike or on horseback.

Hiking Tour In Cinque Terre

HIKING TOUR IN CINQUE TERRE

Hiking Tour in Cinque Terre

A spectacular journey on foot and by rail, exploring Italy’s glamorous Portofino, together with two UNESCO World Heritage gems; the Cinque Terre National Park with its five classic colourful fishing villages, and the lovely Portovenere.

The Ligurian coast, known as bella Italia’s ‘Flower Riviera’, will captivate you with its unique coastal and forest trails, where you’ll walk or take short train rides from village to village, admiring the cobalt blue sea and colourful collections of houses that cling to the cliff faces. Revel in the region’s delicious cuisine, washed down with excellent local wines from the region’s terraced vineyards— this tour will delight foodies and keen walkers alike.

This trip begins on the Portofino peninsula, staying in the traditional fishing harbour of Camogli, from where you can visit the impressive San Frutuoso Abbey— located in a beautiful cove and reached only by boat or on foot, as well as the lighthouse ‘Il Faro’ which gives spectacular views of the Mediterranean and Ligurian Seas. You’ll continue on foot to iconic Portofino, where you can relax at the harbour with a chilled caffè freddo and watch the fishing boats and mega-yachts bobbing on the crystal-clear water.

Continue your Italian adventure with a walk through the hills of the East Riviera, staying overnight at Bonassola with its laid-back beach, before continuing south along the coastline to Monterosso. Set amidst terraces of olive groves and vines, Monterosso is the largest of the five villages of the Cinque Terre. Enjoy a choice of coastal or mountain walks through vineyards and fragrant pine and chestnut forests. Alternatively, make use of your two-day rail pass, or simply relax under a colourful beach umbrella.

Visit the town of Riomaggiore, the most southerly of the Cinque Terre villages, dating from the 8th Century and characterised by sorbet-coloured houses perched on slate grey cliffs. Your walking tour finishes in the lovely medieval fishing town of Portovenere, on the Gulf of Poets. No wonder this area inspired such literary greats such as Byron and DH Lawrence.

HIKING CINQUE TERRE AT A QUICK GLANCE

  • DAY 1: Arrive Camogli
  • DAY 2: Transfer to San Rocco and walk to Portofino via San Fruttuoso - 7/11km
  • DAY 3: Train to Bonassola. Walk to Deiva Marina via Framura - 5/11km
  • DAY 4: Walk to Monterosso via Levanto - 3/10km
  • DAY 5: Transfer to Soviore, walk to Monterosso via Vernazza - 6/10km
  • DAY 6: Free day to explore Cinque Terre or choice of walks Colla di Gritta / Corniglia-Riomaggiore - 9/10km
  • DAY 7: Train to Riomaggiore. Walk to Portovenere - 13km
  • DAY 8: GOODBYE

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HIKING TRIP IN CINQUE TERRE ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrive Camogli

This Italian journey begins in the charming small fishing village of Camogli, situated on the west side of the Portofino peninsula. Camogli is easily reached with good train connections from Genoa or Pisa (and Florence is also an option). If you have time when you arrive, visit the historic centre and embrace the relaxed seaside ambience of Camogli, with its fantastic fresh seafood and colourful houses. Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Camogli

DAY 2: Walk to Portofino via San Fruttuoso

Choice of walks: Easier option: 7km, 734m ascent, 394m descent, 3h30 approx. Harder option: 11km, 1165m ascent, 1185m descent, 5h30.

It is best to transfer to the village of San Rocco. Start your walk with a visit to the San Fruttuoso Abbey, located in a secluded bay overlooking cobalt-blue waters. From here you can choose to walk or take a ferry to the chic town of Portofino (the latter is payable locally).

Enjoy the wonderful view from Il Faro (the Light House), located at the extreme point of the promontory, 1km from Portofino. A firm favourite with the celebrity ‘jet set’, this pretty town is famous for its picturesque harbour. From here you can take the train or boat back to Camogli (payable locally). Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Camogli

DAY 3: Train to Bonassola. Walk to Deiva Marina via Framura

Choice of walks: Easier option: 5km, 421m ascent, 394m descent, 2h30 approx. Harder option: 11km, 878m ascent, 881m descent, 4hrs.

Continue your adventure along the Ligurian Riviera by jumping on a train to Bonassola (payable locally), a lovely town wedged between the sea and mountains, from where you will begin your walk through the hills of the East Riviera. The first part of your walk to Framura is extremely panoramic with wonderful views over the northern Ligurian coast. You can always shorten your walk by finishing in Framura and returning to Bonassola by train. On reaching the pretty little town of Deiva Marina, why not take a cooling dip in the ocean to celebrate a wonderful day’s walk. Overnight: Suggeted Hotel, Bonassola

DAY 4: Walk to Monterosso via Levanto

Choice of walks: Easier option: 3km, 225m ascent, 226m descent, 1h30 approx. Harder option: 10km, 753m ascent, 746m descent, 4h30.

The first part of today’s walk runs along an old railway track which has recently been transformed into a fairly flat cycle path. Walk through the tunnels and over the bridges whilst revelling in spectacular views over the azure sea and cliffs until you reach the idyllic painter’s paradise of Levanto, located in the centre of a charming valley surrounded by green hills. As you reach the ridge top, pause to take in the sweeping views to the mountains which surround the ‘Gulf of Paradise’. Arriving at Punta Mesco you continue your descent towards the village of Monterosso. Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Monterosso

DAY 5: Transfer to Soviore, walk to Monterosso via Vernazza

Choice of walks: Easier option: 6km, 266m ascent, 707m descent, 3hrs approx. Harder option: 10km, 643m ascent, 1098m descent, 4hrs.

After a good breakfast, begin with a transfer to Soviore, thus avoiding the very steep section up an ancient cobbled path. On arrival in Soviore you can either stop to visit the local monastery or immediately begin your walk towards Vernazza.

Follow a panoramic path that gently descends to the Madonna di Reggio, a Sanctuary hidden in the hills behind the little town of Vernazza. From here continue walking on a stone path down to this pretty port full of colourful houses and old fishing boats, before taking the panoramic coastal path back to Monterosso.

To shorten the walk, you can stop in Vernazza if you wish, and take the train back to Monterosso.

Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Monterosso: Walk: 9km, 690m ascent, 696m descent, 3hrs.

DAY 6: Explore Cinque Terre's Colla di Gritta

Monterosso loop walk via Colle di Gritta Head inland past the ‘Chiesa dei Cappucini’ to the Colla di Gritta. Continue over the mountain ridge through lush forests, passing over Monte Molinelli, Monte Rossini, Montenegro and Colla dei Bagari until you reach Punta Mesco. Return to Monterosso via a series of old stone footpaths. Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Monterosso

DAY 7: Train to Riomaggiore. Walk to Portovenere

Walk: 13km, 861m ascent, 875m descent, 6hrs.

A short train ride (payable locally) takes you to Riomaggiore, the most southerly of the villages of the Cinque Terre, dating from 13th Century. Continue your walk to the edge of the chain of mountains which borders the Cinque Terre area. From Colle del Telegrafo, follow the ridgeline until you reach Portovenere, passing through the village of Campiglia. Your final walk will be rewarded with great views over the Cinque Terre coastline and the impressive cliffs of Portovenere at the end.

The stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of Portovenere was a favourite of such literary greats as Byron, Shelley and DH Lawrence. Its photogenic San Pietro Church was built atop the remains of a 6th-century church, said to occupy the site of an ancient Roman temple to Venus. Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Portovenere

DAY 8: Tour Ends

Hiking Trip in Cinque Terre

Hiking Trip Cinque Terre

Hiking Trip Cinque Terre

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Hiking Tour in the Amalfi Coast

HIKING TOUR IN THE AMALFI COAST

Hiking the Amalfi Coast

High cliffs tumble hundreds of metres into the turquoise Mediterranean sea to create an indescribably beautiful coastline, listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

Picturesque villages and towns perched on the hillside combined with an exceptional diversity of landscape provide the perfect landscape for walking. Ancient paths wind through fragrant lemon groves and terraced vineyards, rewarding you with breathtaking views at every twist and turn.

Your holiday starts in the town of Amalfi, an ancient Maritime Republic famous for its refined architecture and your base for the first three nights. Agerola is your next stop, a rural community situated on an high plan surrounded by a dramatic landscape rising steeply from the shore to rugged mountains. Your walking holiday continues to the fishing village of Praiano and then you explore the most marvelous section of the “Footpath of Gods”, walking though an unmatched Mediterranean landscape.

AMALFI COAST QUICK QLANCE

  • DAY 1: Arrive Amalfi

  • DAY 2: The Valley of the Ancient Mills Walk - 13.5km

  • DAY 3: Isle of Capri Walk - 5hrs

  • DAY 4: Scala and the nature reserve of “Valle delle Ferriere” - 13km

  • DAY 5: Coastal Views from Mt. Tre Calli - 10km

  • DAY 6: The Fjord of Furore - 11km

  • DAY 7: The Footpath of the Gods - 10km

  • DAY 8: Goodbye

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8 DAY TOUR IN THE AMALFI COAST

DAY 1: Arrive Starting Point: Amalfi

It is recommended flying to Naples International Airport. Amalfi is 75km by road from the airport and we can arrange taxi transfers or you can travel by train to Sorrento and then bus/taxi to Amalfi. Surrounded by enchanting mountains, while away the hours exploring the steep streets and alleyways of this charming town. Overnight: Amalfi


DAY 2: The Valley of the Ancient Mills Walk: Walk: 13.5km, 5h30 approx.

Starting from your hotel you follow a scenic path up to the medieval Tower of Zirro to enjoy the first of many stunning coastal views.
Walking along twisting mule tracks, through the fragrant groves of the typical lemon trees, you head into the wooded hills. You soon enter the valley of the watermills and can explore the ruins of the many paper factories. These date back to the 11th century and made Amalfi paper famous. The next highlight is the hamlet of Ravello with its picturesque gardens of Villa Cimbrone and the stunning 13th-century Villa Rufolo. You then walk back to Amalfi through Atrani. Overnight: Amalfi

DAY 3: Isle of Capri Walk: Walk: 3h30-5hrs approx.

An unforgettable day of walking and exploring awaits as you take a boat to the Isle of Capri. You walk towards the impressive Roman ruins of the Villa Jovis, the palace of Emperor Tiberius, before joining the coastal path along the Arco Naturale until you reach the Faraglioni - the peculiar rocks protruding out of the sea. Later you can choose to visit the Convent of San Giacomo and the Gardens of Emperor Augustus or relax while enjoying a gelato, before returning to Amalfi. Overnight: Amalfi

DAY 4: Scala and the nature reserve of “Valle delle Ferriere”: Walk: 13km, 5hrs approx.

To start your day you take the public bus from Amalfi into the mountains to the village of Scala (25 mins). A quiet path leads into the nature reserve of “Valle delle Ferriere”, a deep valley surrounded by high cliffs. The stable microclimate allows for the preservation of the Woodwardia radicans - a rare type of long-leafed fern from the pre-glacial age. Your walk continues through meadows, small waterfalls and spectacular landscapes on a high path to the tiny hamlet of Pogerola. You then descend an ancient flight of steps towards the Amalfi and your overnight stop of Agerola. The village of Agerola sits at 600m above sea level in a wide green valley surrounded by thick natural forest and offers spectacular sea and mountain views. Overnight: Agerola

DAY 5: Coastal Views from Mt. Tre Calli: Walk: 10km, 4h30 approx.

Today’s walk is one of superlatives. Incredible coastal views from ancient paths cut into the mountainside will have you continually reaching for your camera. From the central square of Bomerano (Agerola) the walk leads toward the highest massif of Amalfi Coast, Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi. The coastal views are inspiring!Further along walk around Mt. Tre Calli, you can enjoy the Amalfi’s finest viewpoints with sights of Positano, the finis terrae and the Isle of Capri. Overnight: Agerola

DAY 6: The Fjord of Furore: Walk: 11km, 5hrs approx.

Starting from Agerola you follow ancient alleyways, which for centuries linked the high-plain of Agerola and the rural communities situated on the terraced shoreline. Following a network of paved paths, the walk arrives at the highest point of the Fjord of Furore, a spectacularly deep gash into the Amalfi Coast. You descend steeply into the valley, passing an old mill, ancient paper factory and a small fishing village before arriving at a lovely beach on the shore. Following the fjord to the shore you arrive in the coastal town of Praiano. Praiano is the hidden gem of the Amalfi Coast, a quaint fishing town away from the busy tourist areas and offering rich culture and history, great views of Positano and an authentic experience. Overnight: Praiano

DAY 7: The Footpath of the Gods: Walk: 10km, 4h30 approx.

The Footpath of the Gods is justifiably the most famous walk on the Amalfi Coast and the highlight of your walking holiday. From Praiano you climb steeply to reach the convent of San Domenico, a stunning view point and the beginning of the most spectacular part of the world famous “Sentiero degli Dei” (Footpath of the Gods). As the path twists and turns high above the sea it offers some of the most remarkable views on the Amalfi Coast. Terraced lemon groves and tiny villages cling to steep cliffs over the crystal blue sea. You follow the vertiginous trail to the village of Nocelle, and then on to the charming town of Positano. Return by bus to Praiano.
Overnight: Praiano

DAY 8: Onward Travel

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Hike the Amalfi

Hike the Amalfi

Hiking Tour In the Hilltowns Of Tuscany

HIKING TOUR IN THE HILLTOWNS OF TUSCANY

Hiking Tour in Tuscany

 

Walking through the breathtaking landscape of the hills of southern Tuscany between romantic hill top towns is a magical experience. Your journey winds through a unique linear, almost geometric landscape of hills, vineyards and olive trees between renaissance towns and medieval monasteries. Walking through the lesser known wine regions south of Siena allows you to escape the pace of 21st century life and discover the tastes and textures of this beautiful region of Italy.

This suggested walking vacation begins at Cortona and then a visit to the medieval hill top town of Montepulciano, before continuing to the renaissance town of Pienza, a UNESCO world heritage site. The journey continues through the tranquil Tuscan landscape to a succession of architecturally and historically fascinating towns and monasteries while enjoying the generous Tuscan hospitality before your journey’s end in Siena.

QUICK DAY BY DAY TUSCANY HIKING TRIP PROGRAM

  • DAY 1: Arrive Starting Point: Cortona
  • DAY 2: Montepulciano to Pienza - 9.5 miles
  • DAY 3: Pienza to Bagno Vignoni - 9.5 miles
  • DAY 4: Bagno Vignoni to Sant’Antimo - 8 miles
  • DAY 5: Montalcino to Buonconvento - 14 miles
  • DAY 6: Buonconvento to Monte Oliveto Maggiore - 6.5 miles
  • DAY 7: Buonconvento to Siena - 10 miles
  • DAY 8: Goodbye to continue your adventure

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TUSCANY HILLTOWNS WALKING TOUR OUTLINE

DAY 1: Arrive Starting Point: Montepulciano

It is recommended flying to Rome, Florence or Pisa and then catch the train to Chiusi (Train 1h30, 2h30 and 1h50 respectively). From Chuisi you can take a local bus or taxi the short distance to Montepulciano (20mins) Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Montepulciano

DAY 2: Montepulciano to Pienza: Walk: 9.5 miles

Starting from the San Biagio church you follow a quiet dirt road to the charming village of Montichiello where you can pause for a relaxed lunch or perhaps just a quick cappuccino before continuing to Pienza. Pienza is a UNESCO World Heritage site because of it’s unique renaissance architecture and town planning. Additionally it is well known for the production of pecorino cheese and truffles. Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Pienza.

DAY 3: Pienza to Bagno Vignoni: Walk: 9.5 miles

Today you wander through a beautiful region of rolling hills, oak woods, cypress trees and pretty villages. The thermal baths complex at Bagno Vignoni is the perfect location to spend the afternoon relaxing. Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Bagno Vignoni.

DAY 4: Bagno Vignoni to Sant’Antimo: Walk: 8 miles

A hard but enjoyable day following dry riverbeds through a fairly wild environment brings you to St Antimo, an isolated abbey situated in a pastoral landscape. After exploring the abbey walk or take the local bus to the Medieval town of Montalacino. Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Montalcino.

DAY 5: Montalcino to Buonconvento: Walk: 14 miles

A fairly tough day walking in the famous Brunello wine region. You will pass tthrough vineyards and olive groves, then finally entering the beautiful Tuscan Landscape of the "Crete" and Buonconvento, where you will stay in a lovely agriturismo. Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Buonconvento

DAY 6: Buonconvento to San Quirico d’Orcia: Walk: 12 miles

En route to San Quirico d’Orcia you pass through Brunello vineyards there will the opportunity to visit a nice winery at Torrenieri. Cross the railway line and carry on through wineries and iconic landscapes to San Quirico, a delightful walled town. You have just completed this section of the Via Francigena and perhaps you would like to reward yourself with a glass of delicious chianti in the medieval town square.

DAY 7: Buonconvento to Siena: Walk: 10 miles

Today you should start with a short transfer from Pieve a Salti to Grancia di Cuna to start the walk to Siena. Walking through a landscape of rolling hills and small hamlets until you are rewarded with the view of Siena in the distance. Enter the town through Porto Romana, one of the medieval gates and walk thought the city to reach your hotel. Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Siena. 

DAY 8: Goodbye.

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Hiking Tour Hilltowns of Tuscany

Hiking Tour Hilltowns of Tuscany

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Lago Di Fimon to Costozza Walking Tour, Vicenza Italy

LAGO DI FIMON TO COSTOZZA WALKING TOUR | VICENZA PROVINCE

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Visiting Vicenza and want to escape the city for a day this is a nice walk though the Colli Berici. Starting at Lago di Fimon, stroll around the lake and then through the hills were Andrea Palladio mined most of the stone to create his buildings. Cross the hills which is also part of the Colli Berici Wine Zone (do not forget to stop and sample), pass through Lumignano and then on to Costozza, where you can have a glass of wine while you wait for the bus back to Vicenza.

LOCATION Vicenza Province
NEAREST TOWN Vicenza
REACHABLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION YES
MOUNTAIN GROUP Berici Hills
PEAK Monte della Croce
ALTITUDE 300 meters
DIFFICULTY Easy
FACE West to East
TIME 4-5 hour walk.
Beauty 3 Star
Total Ascent 200 meters
Ferrata Ascent NA
Popularity Busy Sundays during Summer months
BEST SEASON All year best in spring.
GEAR Hiking boots, rain gear.

Monte Baldo Traverse Hiking Tour, Verona Province

MONTE BALDO TRAVERSE HIKING TOUR

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If you are enjoying hiking and happen to be visiting the Verona area and Lake Garda this simple traverse is a must.  Great views, along a well marked trail, but do not take to lightly the elevation is 1700+ meters so make sure you have the appropriate gear.

LOCATION Monti Lessinia
DEPARTURE TOWN
Malcesina
REACHABLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION YES
MOUNTAIN GROUP Monte Baldo
PEAK Monte Baldo
ALTITUDE 1700-2100 meters
DIFFICULTY TD
FACE South
TIME 5 hours from Malcesine lift to Mondini lift (1 hour to walk down to lake)
Beauty  
Total Ascent 500 meters
Ferrata Ascent NA
Popularity Very Popular
BEST SEASON From mid-May to late September is peak season. For experienced walkers this is a great winter traverse with snowshoes.
GEAR Hiking boots, rain gear, good layer system, basic emergency gear

Veneto Region Hiking and Walking Tours

HIKING AND WALKING TOURS IN THE VENETO REGION

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The Veneto is perhaps one of the regions in Italy to explore by foot, actually regardless of how you get here and plan to spend your time you need to bring a good pair of walking shoes. There are many Waking and Hiking Tour Options within the Veneto Region.

The cities of the Veneto are compact and best explored by foot.  Example being Venice (Venezia)if you only ride around the city using the waterbus you stand the change being disappointed and grasping the wonder of the city.  The main transportation only gets you to some of the principle sights but to truly explore the city you need to wander the alleyways and get out on the small islands of the lagoon.  As well, Vicenza and Verona are two main cities not to miss, and you will walk most of the day if you want to explore.

With multiple walled cities dating back to the 1100's; Cittadella, Castlefranco, Marostica, Treviso, Bassano del Grappa, Montagnano, and several others, using the train system you can enjoy a very enjoyable week of exploring.  Keep in mind many of these small towns are located near the wine producing zones, so an additional shuttle on a urban bus can get you out into the 'countryside' where you can wonder secondary roads and trails.

If you want to explore a bit further afoot you have the hills of the Berici south of Vicenza with many hidden gems to discover, the volcanic hills of the Eugenia near Padova, the hills of Asolo and the Prosecco wine area, or the hills over near Verona and the southern shores of Lake Garda.  Each of these areas has a unique history and special flavor.  And many are located close enough to the PreAlps and Piccolo Dolomites to offer special excursions like the battlefields of WWI, Asiago Cheese area, the unique eco-system found on Monte Baldo above Lake Grada.

Fo those that are looking for great multi day pack treks then theDolomites has multiple trail systems to follow for classic treks, or grab a few maps and design your own walk.   The Veneto Dolomites are all in the Belluno Province,and most are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Grab you walking sticks and let's go!!

WHERE TO WALK IN THE VENETO

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