Italy is a huge country with lots of amazing tourist destinations ranging from historical sites and monuments, famous fountains and river canals, beaches and coasts, and a lot more.
We can go on and on about how rich this country is when it comes to sites to see, but then that means we would be needing more space to cover every corner of this charming country.
This region of wine and pasta has beautiful trails and peaks that are most of the time overshadowed by more popular tourist sites. But if you are an adventure junkie who seeks thrill during your Italian vacation, then we’ve listed down spectacular trails for you to experience.
I just hope you didn’t forget to bring your trekking poles with you.
If you want to hit two birds with one stone, head over to Cinque Terre at the famous area of Liguria for a sweet, easy trail while appreciating the pastel-colored cottages perched atop each other Italy is known for.
It would normally take at least five hours to explore the entire stretch of Cinque Terre. But oftentimes, visitors would take breaks in between checkpoints.
With the breathtaking view of the ocean just below the cliffs, it’s a great opportunity to be in control of time and just let your thoughts float away in the middle of the trail. No pressure, you aren’t participating in any race, anyway.
Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso
The Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso is true to its name as it is every bit a paradise. Whether you want to take a gentle stroll along the Alps or you want to challenge yourself by climbing an almost vertical hike up, then this trail is for you.
It’s located near the border of France but is still accessible via car. It would take a little over an hour of driving to Turin until you reach this national park.
The levels of difficulty of hiking trails in this area vary, so there’s something for everyone here.
For those looking for long-distance hikes, Sella-Herbetet might be your cup of tea. It’s a 20.5-kilometer trail that starts and ends in Valnontey.
Hike on a beautiful, sunny day and be mesmerized by the display of pristine lakes and unbelievable peaks including the Gran Paradiso which is 4061 meters tall.
Once you’re on top, take that opportunity to rest in a very serene environment and you might even be greeted by cows and other mountain animals during your break.
Sentiero Degli Dei
Sentiero Degli Dei, which literally means “Path of the Gods,” is indeed a divine trail filled with the majestic charm of nature and all its stunning imperfections.
The path is a mix of average and difficult turns. There are surprise ascent and descent that you should be ready for. However the difficulty though, the panoramic view of the Gulf of Naples, the island of Capri, and the world-famous Amalfi Coast make it all worth it.
Aside from the old town charm of Tuscany, it also has a gem that’s regarded as Italy’s Camino de Santiago.
Via Francigena is a walking path that spans 1,900 kilometers. It’s an ancient medieval pilgrim path that connects Canterbury, England and Rome, Italy.
Be enchanted by the trail as you walk through it. There are lakes, castles, and a nonstop stretch of beautiful sceneries that will entertain you throughout the duration of your hike.
You can easily take a self-guided tour of the trail as long as you plan it well. You may take as many days as you like in the area, but oftentimes, Via Francigena takes at least five days to really go through it thoroughly.
Then again, the pace is not an issue here as this is considered to be one of the most indulgent treks in the world.
When I hear Adolf Munkel being mentioned anywhere, I easily slip into a daze and imagine the magical throng of trees that will welcome you right into the trail as you start your hike.
While it is still considered to be a moderate trail, Adolf Munkel will only take around two and a half hours to complete. It has a trail that’s friendly enough for those families vacationing in the area.
You will even be treated with the chance to see the Odle Massif, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Tre Cime di Lavaredo
The Dolomite is one of the most spectacular displays of nature with its crooked yet stunning shapes. Consider yourself lucky if you’ve ever visited this area. If you haven’t, then this is your chance.
Tre Cime di Lavaredo is an iconic Dolomite hike. The loop is mostly flat and is only 10 kilometers long, which means kids are welcome to join you on this trip, only if they seem to like adventures like this.
The views are better when it's sunny, but a hike on a gloomy day is not as bad as you think it is.
We couldn’t end this list without mentioning Italy’s most challenging trail. Selvaggio Blu, or also known as the Wild Blue, is one of the most grueling treks that you could ever experience.
Hiking with a bit of climbing and abseiling? I can literally feel my heart beating fast just by thinking about it.
It covers an area of over 35 kilometers from Pedra Longa North to Cala Sisine. Once you’ve finished this challenging yet fulfilling trek, you would take home a bag full of confidence and bragging rights that no other mountain in the world can ever fill.
That’s how unique this trail is, which by the way is my way of saying that if ever you have the guts to do such a thing, you must take this hike whenever you are in Italy.