Italy

Description

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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Books

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2015
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2019
  • Wandelgids - Pelgrimsroute The Way of St Francis - Via Francigena | 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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2021
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2021
  • Lonely Planet Best Day Walks Italy
  • Lonely Planet`s Best Day Walks Italy is your passport to 60 easy escapes into nature. Stretch your legs outside the city by picking a hike that works for you, from just a couple of hours to a full day, from easy to hard. Hike the Dolomites, explore the Italian Lakes, and stroll Sardinia`s coast. Get to the heart of Italy and begin your journey... Read more
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2018
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2018
  • Italian Sunflower Landscape Guide
  • This new 3rd edition of Italian Lakes has been carefully revised just a few months prior to publication. The topo maps now show waypoints, and free downloadable GPS tracks are available for all the walks. Colour coding on the Contents page enables you to see at a glance the grading of various walks. These great expanses of water, bound to the... Read more
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2018
  • Wandelgids Italiaanse Meren - Italian Lakes | Sunflower books
  • Wandelgids: vele dagtochten worden degelijk beschreven met openbaar vervoer informatie, goede routebeschrijvingen en kaartmateriaal. Tevens enkele autotochten. Deze gids staat goed bekend! Engelstalig 5 car tours, 38 main walks plus many alternative and shorter variations, 21 picnic suggestions The Italian Lakes have long been a 'must' for... Read more
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2015
  • Italian Lakes Walking: Garda, Maggiore, Como and Iseo
  • This guidebook describes 50 walks around Lakes Como, Iseo, Garda and Maggiore in Northern Italy. The picturesque routes are accessible by public transport from popular centres including Bellagio, Riva, Stresa and Cannero, and range from 2 to 14km in length. There are gentle lakeside strolls, and numerous ridge routes and traverses as well as... Read more
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  • Touring the Italian Front 1917-1919
  • The guide describes the ground and operations covered by the British, French and US Expeditionary Forces deployed from France to the area north of Venice between November 1917 and Spring 1919. These forces supported the Italians after their disastrous defeat at Caporetto and helped stem the Austrian and German onslaught. This is the first guide... Read more
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  • Grove
  • An unnamed narrator, recently bereaved, travels to Olevano, a small village southeast of Rome. It is winter, and from her temporary residence on a hill between village and cemetery, she embarks on walks and outings, exploring the banal and the sublime with equal dedication and intensity. She recalls her travels in 1970s Italy, which she often... Read more
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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
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2013
  • Wandelgids Erlebnis Wandern: Hüttenwandern in Südtirol | Bruckmann Verlag
  • Goede duidelijke gids over aanlooproutes naar een groot aantal hutten, al of niet met liftjes. Het zijn vooral dagtochten waar de hut zich dan halverwege bevindt. Klappentext Die Hütte als Ziel - gerade in Südtirol braucht sich kein Wanderer zu scheuen, eine ursprünglich gebliebene Berghütte dem ein oder anderen Gipfel vorzuziehen. Die Hütten... 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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2018
  • Wandelgids - Pelgrimsroute Trento - Bologna a piedi | Albert Beekes
  • Een wandelgids in eigen beheer uitgegeven over een route over de Povlakte (van Trento naar Bologna). De route is onderdeel van de weg naar Rome en verbindt de Via Claudia Augusta en de Via degli Dei. Een beschrijving van dit stuk van de route ontbrak nog. Albert Beekes schrijft in het voorwoord van zijn gids: De wandeling over de Povlakte wordt... Read more
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Maps

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  • Campo Tures / Sand in Taufers Tabacco 036
  • Campo Tures/Sand in Taufers area 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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  • Sappada - S. Stefano - Forni Avoltri Tabacco 01
  • Sappada - S. Stefano - Forni Avoltri area 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... Read more
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  • Pale di San Martino 2017
  • Pale di San Martino 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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  • Pale di San Martino Tabacco 022
  • Pale di San Martino area 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 title... 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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  • Merano and the Surrounding Area Tabacco 011
  • 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’ 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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  • Val Passiria 2019
  • Val Passiria/Passeiertal 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 Passiria / Passeiertal Tabacco 039
  • Val Passiria/Passeiertal area 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 title... Read more
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  • Prealpi Giulie - Valli del Torre Tabacco 026
  • Prealpi Giulie - Valli del Torre area 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... Read more
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  • Bolzano, Renon 2021
  • 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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  • Bolzano / Bozen - Renon / Ritten Tabacco 034
  • 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’ 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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  • 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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  • Marmolada - Pelmo - Civetta - Maiozza Tabacco 015
  • Marmolada - Pelmo - Civetta – Maiozza area 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... Read more
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  • Val Tramontina / Val Cosa / Val d'Arzino 2018
  • Val Tramontina - Val Cosa - Val d`Arzino area 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. To see the list of... Read more
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  • Val Tramontina - Val Cosa - Val d`Arzino Tabacco 028
  • Val Tramontina - Val Cosa - Val d`Arzino area 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. To see the list of... Read more
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  • Prealpi Carniche E Giulie 2015
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  • Prealpi Carniche e Giuli de Gemonese Tabacco 020
  • Prealpi Carniche e Giuli de Gemonese area 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... Read more
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  • Alpi Feltrine, Le Vette 2019
  • 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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  • Alpi Feltrine - La Vètte - Cimònega Tabacco 023
  • Alpi Feltrine - La Vètte - Cimònega area 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... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 023 Alpi Feltrine - Le Vètte - Cimònega | 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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  • 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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  • Val Pusteria / Pustertal - Brunico / Bruneck Tabacco 033
  • 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’ most popular coverage for this region, with excellent cartography and extensive overprint for hiking routes and other recreational activities, local bus stops, etc. Additional... Read more
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  • Sciliar, Segkerb, Catinaccio 2020
  • 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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  • Sciliar / Schlern - Catinaccio / Rosengarten - Latemar - Regglberg Tabacco 029
  • Sciliar/Schlern - Catinaccio/Rosengarten - Latemar – Regglberg area 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,... Read more
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  • Val Senales, Naturno 2020
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  • Val Senales / Schnalstal - Naturno / Naturns Tabacco 04
  • Val Senales/Schnalstal - Naturno/Naturns area 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... Read more
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