Italy

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Dolomiti - by Henk

Italy is a country of enormous diversity and contrast. Most famous are the Alps. Coming from the efficient neatness of Switzerland or Austria, the Italian Alps are wilder and at the same time more tranquil, like stepping back in time. The most beautiful and popular areas are Gran Paradiso, Val Grande, Stelvio and the Dolomites.

In addition there are countless national parks, all very much worth hiking through. A series of mountain ranges runs from north to south like a backbone, starting from the hills of Tuscany, to the Apennines and Abruzzo to Italy's toe, Calabria. Southern Italy, too far for many tourists, has several attractive hiking regions, like Pollino and Aspromonte.

In the Alps you can walk from hut to hut, elsewhere you can do day hikes, such is the rule in general. However some genuine long distance hiking trails are under construction. European long distance trail E10 in the Alps, which coincides with the 1000km long Grande Alpine Trail and the international Via Alpina. The second large project is the E1, which coincides with the Grand Apennine Mountains Trail and the Ligurian Mountains High Trail. If this trail is ever completed, you can start from Como passing Genova and continue all the way to Reggio di Calabria and Palermo or Siracuse on Sicily. The third large project means to join all these trails into one 6000km long Sentiero Italia. Last but not least, there is the Alta Via in the Dolomites: splendid walking.

Mountain huts abound in the Alps. Hiking can be done all summer, from June until well into October. Further south spring is the best hiking season. In April you will still get stuck in the snow up in the mountains. Autumn is supposed to be fine as well, but alas, as one hiker put it: "you wake up to the sounds of church bells and gunfire". As hunters, Italians are best avoided.

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Rate 8.5 | 2 votes | No 5. in Europe
  • greg June 2010
  • Rate 10
  • Positive perfect combination of incredible mountain hiking, reliable weather, good paths, good food, good everything!
  • Negative might be crowded in the high summer but going off season it is paradise
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Books

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United Kingdom
2010
  • Meran Wanderatlas 2010
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een groot aantal dagtochten in dit gebied. De gids is in spiraalbinding en elke pagina is op scheur- en watervast papier gedrukt. Daar is echt over nagedacht! Meran in Südtirol, Italien liegt am Schnittpunkt des Passeiertales, des Etschtales und des Vinschgaus. Nördlich des Meraner Talkessels schirmt... Read more
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2010
  • Wandelgids Hikeline Meran | Esterbauer
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een groot aantal dagtochten in dit gebied. De gids is in spiraalbinding en elke pagina is op scheur- en watervast papier gedrukt. Daar is echt over nagedacht! Meran in Südtirol, Italien liegt am Schnittpunkt des Passeiertales, des Etschtales und des Vinschgaus. Nördlich des Meraner Talkessels schirmt... Read more
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2015
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2015
  • Wandelgids - Pelgrimsroute The Way of St Francis | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to walking the Way of St Francis, Via di Francesco. 550km pilgrimage from Florence, through Assisi to Rome through Central Italy visiting key sites from the saint's life. Described in 28 stages, the guide to the month-long route includes detailed maps, profiles and information about all the shrines, churches and towns along the way. Read more
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  • Groden 2012
  • Rosengarten, Sella, Marmolada. Wanderwege, Radwanderwege, Nordic Walking, Skilanglauf, Skitouren Kümmerly und Frey Italien Outdoorkarte. 1. Auflage, Laufzeit bis 2016. Read more
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2018
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  • Walking in Italy
  • Walking in Italy is a unique guide written for those who want to experience the delights of Italy’s finest towns cities and landscapes. The best way to appreciate Italy is undoubtedly on foot, whether you are visiting a city for the first time or venturing out into the Italian countryside. You don’t need to be an athlete to enjoy a... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • DK Eyewitness `Back Roads` Italy
  • DK Eyewitness Back Roads Italy is the ultimate driving travel guide which will take you via scenic routes to discover charming villages, local restaurants and intimate places to stay. Alongside all the practical information you could need, from road conditions and length of drive to parking information and opening hours, DK Eyewitness Back... Read more
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Netherlands
  • The Best Travel Writing 2007
  • The Best Travel Writing 2007 is the fourth volume in the annual series Travelers' Tales launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing from Nobel Prize winners to emerging writers. These 29 stories cover the globe, from probing the depths of a culture in Jerusalem to riding the rails in India and trying to save a life in Costa... Read more
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  • The Best Travel Writing 2007 is the fourth volume in the annual series Travelers' Tales launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing from Nobel Prize winners to emerging writers. These 29 stories cover the globe, from probing the depths of a culture in Jerusalem to riding the rails in India and trying to save a life in Costa... Read more
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Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Trotter Noordoost-Italië | Lannoo
  • Veel aandacht voor praktische informatie als hotels en restaurants, maar ook beschrijvingen van bezienswaardigheden. Handig zijn de vele plattegronden: verrassend en verfrissend geschreven! Geen fotos. - Beroemd om zijn betrouwbare keuze van hotel- en restaurantadressen in alle prijsklassen. - Berucht voor zijn kritische noten en persoonlijke... Read more
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2016
  • Reisgids Marken - Marche | Michael Müller Verlag
  • Uitstekende, diepgaande reisgids over dit deel van het land. Met veel achtergrondinformatie en ook praktische zaken als overnachtingen en eet- en drinkgelegenheden. Thematische hoofdstukken over geschiedenis, geologie etc. Let op: Duits! Die Mar­ken (Le Mar­che) ste­hen noch immer im Schat­ten der über­mäch­ti­gen To­sca­na. Zu Un­recht! Die... Read more
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2018
  • Wandelgids Bozen - Bolzano - Kaltern | Rother
  • Uitstekende wandelgids met een groot aantal dagtochten in dal en hooggebergte. Met praktische informatie en beperkt kaartmateriaal! Wandelingen in verschillende zwaarte weergegeven in rood/blauw/zwart. 53 Wanderungen und Bergtouren rund um Bozen und Kaltern - zwischen Penser Joch und Brixen, Eppan im Überetsch und Salurn im Unterland Bozen ist... Read more
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Netherlands
2016
  • time to momo - Florence
  • Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Florence-gids! Jij gaat Florence ontdekken! De stad van de Duomo, het Uffizi en de beroemde David, van chique winkelstraten, traditionele trattoria's en moderne osteria's. Wat wij zo fijn vinden aan Florence is dat de stad zo compact is. Zo kun je 's ochtends de bezienswaardigheden in de historische... Read more
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Belgium
2016
  • time to momo - Florence
  • Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Florence-gids! Jij gaat Florence ontdekken! De stad van de Duomo, het Uffizi en de beroemde David, van chique winkelstraten, traditionele trattoria's en moderne osteria's. Wat wij zo fijn vinden aan Florence is dat de stad zo compact is. Zo kun je 's ochtends de bezienswaardigheden in de historische... Read more
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Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Viva Emilia Romagna | Edicola
  • Emilia-Romagna wordt ook wel de buik van Italië genoemd. En dat komt niet alleen door de ligging van deze regio in het midden van Italië; die door de rivier de Po en de antieke Via Emilia wordt doorsneden. Emilia-Romagna is namelijk ook een zeer vruchtbare streek, waar de heerlijkste culinaire exportproducten vandaan komen, zoals de Parmaham,... Read more
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  • Val Pusteria, Brunico 2017
  • Val Pusteria/Pustertal - Brunico/Bruneck area in a series of Tabacco maps at 1:25,000 covering the Dolomites and the mountains of north-eastern Italy - Stanfords Read more
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  • Bolzano, Renon 2016
  • Bolzano/Bozen - Renon/Ritten area in a series of Tabacco maps at 1:25,000 covering the Dolomites and the mountains of north-eastern Italy - Stanfords Read more
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  • Altopiano dei sette comuni 2018
  • Altopiano dei Sette Comuni - Asiago in a series of Tabacco maps at 1:25,000 covering the Dolomites and the mountains of north-eastern Italy - Stanfords’ most popular coverage for this region, with excellent cartography and extensive overprint for hiking routes and other recreational activities, local bus stops, etc. Additional overprint in this... Read more
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  • Merano e Dintorni 2018
  • Merano and the Surrounding Area in a series of Tabacco maps at 1:25,000 covering the Dolomites and the mountains of north-eastern Italy - Stanfords Read more
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  • Forni di Sopra, Ampezzo 2018
  • De beste wandelkaarten voor de Dolomieten. Zeer veel topografische details met secure hoogtelijnen (25 meter interval), helder kleurgebruik en bijna alle Tabacco kaarten hebben een UTM grid (voor GPS toepasbaar). Daarnaast zijn op deze wandelkaarten wandelroutes ingetekend met nummering gelijk aan markering onderweg aangebracht door de lokale... Read more
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  • Collio Brda - Gorizia 2011
  • Collio - Brda - Gorizia area in a series of Tabacco maps at 1:25,000 covering the Dolomites and the mountains of north-eastern Italy - Stanfords Read more
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  • Val Gardena, Alpe de Siusi 2017
  • De beste wandelkaarten voor de Dolomieten. Zeer veel topografische details met secure hoogtelijnen (25 meter interval), helder kleurgebruik en bijna alle Tabacco kaarten hebben een UTM grid (voor GPS toepasbaar). Daarnaast zijn op deze wandelkaarten wandelroutes ingetekend met nummering gelijk aan markering onderweg aangebracht door de lokale... Read more
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  • Altopiano di Pine Valli di Cembra e dei Mocheni 2016
  • De beste wandelkaarten voor de Dolomieten. Zeer veel topografische details met secure hoogtelijnen (25 meter interval), helder kleurgebruik en bijna alle Tabacco kaarten hebben een UTM grid (voor GPS toepasbaar). Daarnaast zijn op deze wandelkaarten wandelroutes ingetekend met nummering gelijk aan markering onderweg aangebracht door de lokale... Read more
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  • Marmolada, Pelmo, Civetta, Moi 2016
  • De beste wandelkaarten voor de Dolomieten. Zeer veel topografische details met secure hoogtelijnen (25 meter interval), helder kleurgebruik en bijna alle Tabacco kaarten hebben een UTM grid (voor GPS toepasbaar). Daarnaast zijn op deze wandelkaarten wandelroutes ingetekend met nummering gelijk aan markering onderweg aangebracht door de lokale... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 015 Marmolada - Pelmo - Civetta - Moiazza | Tabacco Editrice
  • De beste wandelkaarten voor de Dolomieten. Zeer veel topografische details met secure hoogtelijnen (25 meter interval), helder kleurgebruik en bijna alle Tabacco kaarten hebben een UTM grid (voor GPS toepasbaar). Daarnaast zijn op deze wandelkaarten wandelroutes ingetekend met nummering gelijk aan markering onderweg aangebracht door de lokale... Read more
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  • Self guided walk following the Classic Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. Walk the complete Tour du Mont Blanc, through France, Italy and Switzerland staying in mountain huts and hotels. For the serious walker with a sense of aesthetic there really is no other option for the Tour du Mont Blanc. Although not for everyone,... Read more
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  • emputt 2016-02-16 01:34:51
  • Long distance hike in end of May/June?
  • Hi there,

    I am from the USA and am looking to do a long-distance hike in the end of May through early June, was thinking of doing about 21 days (give or take) and covering anywhere from 100-375km in that time (upper end would have to be an easier trail to cover the distance in my allotted time) and was initially looking into Europe (particularly Germany) but am really up to go anywhere in the world.

    What I want from it:
    - Stunning scenery - ideally GREEN landscape/rolling hills/mountains/forests to rivers to castles, etc etc.
    - Scattered small villages along the trail (they don't have to be every night but maybe every 3 nights at least?)
    - Not super overpopulated

    Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!!
    Emily
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  • Ilan 2015-01-31 09:55:10
  • Looking for a 2 week hike in north Italy early april
  • Hi

    We have 2 weeks in early April. We land in Milan.
    Would like to hike 2 weeks straight.
    Any suggestions?
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  • Ilan 2015-01-24 20:15:03
  • 2 weeks hike in April
  • Hello,

    I have air tickets to Milan in early April.
    Am looking for a 14 day hike, preferably inn to inn.
    Any suggestions are welcome. I looked at the weather. Seems like mountain hike is out of the question...
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  • greg 2012-08-28 23:06:20
  • Hiking in Dolomiti (late September)
  • My brother and I are flying into Bergamo on Sept 27th and would love to do a refuge to refuge hike in the dolomites or alps nearby for 3 days. The problem is that most or all of the CAI refuges appear to be closed. Can anyone recommend anything?
    Thanks
    belgooly41
    • Henk Nouws 2012-08-31 11:14:12
    • I can't promise anything of course, but when I did a hike in the Dolomites (AV1 and AV3) in september - october, the huts were closed too. However, every hut had a winter quarter. Nothing luxurious, but a bed and water nearby. You must carry your own food, cooking stuff, sleeping bag. However, you run the risk that there is nothing at all. Also, I'm speaking of many years ago.
    • greg 2012-08-31 16:40:56
    • Thanks Henk appreciate it
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