Walking Holidays in Italy
This page is primarily about walking holidays in Italy, but it has other styles of holidays in Italy too.Walking in new and unfamiliar places is something that has always filled me with pleasure, and if you have never experienced a holiday that has walking as its main activity then I strongly recommend that you give it a go.
Italy is very popular with visitors from all over the world, including Italians themselves, so it is very busy during the summer months, and especially June and August. However, the warm climate makes spring and autumn wonderful times to visit, if you want to give the crowds a miss. Above is a picture of the wonderfully romantic Cinque Terre, where I used to spend my holidays when I was a child. I highly recommend a holiday in Northern Italy. Below are some fantastic trips by Macs Adventure that include both walking and cycling.
Organizing your own walking trip can be a hassle, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area you are visiting. It can be a time consuming and arduous job. However, there are many all-inclusive holidays to Italy designed by leading adventure travel companies that will take all this on for you.
There are different styles to choose:
Self-guided walking holidays
This is where companies like Mac Adventures will book your hotels in the best places imaginable, arrange for your luggage to be transported for you, give you interesting itineraries to follow, and be at the end of the phone at any time to give you help and advice. This is important as some walks are more strenuous than others, and things can go wrong.
Guide led holidays
These are walks that are led by expert guides, who accompany you and they are usually, but not exclusively, in small groups. This is a fascinating way to walk as there is nothing quite like being with someone who can point out things of interest, and making sure that you don’t miss out on things. Usually these kinds of walks are for exploring cities. On your left is a link to Urban Adventure, they have fantastic guide led city visits with amazing things to do all over Italy.
Walking holidays in Italy
Here is an example of a self guided trip designed by Mac Adventures called: ‘Portofino, The Cinque Terre & Portovenere’. It is an 8 day trip.
The highlights include an overnight stay in beautiful Camogli, a truly spectacular fishing village that hangs on to the side of the hills reaching down into the Mediterranean sea casting colourful shadows into the water.
This trip will take you for a walk along the coast to from San Rocco to Portofino via San Fruttuoso. These are very chic places, with lush vegetation and spectacular views.
You will also visit Bonassola and walk to Deiva Marina passing Framura, all charming beach towns along the Riviera.
Then the magical and infamous Cinque Terre start – these are 5 extremely picturesque fishing villages that you can either walk to along the coast, or if you prefer you can jump on and off trains of trains that run regularly along the coast. When I was little it was only possible to visit these by train or boat, but now there are roads. The coastal walks are magnificent.
If you are looking to rent a holiday flat in this beautiful part of Italy use this link. It will take you to a most amazing hillside village in the beautiful Val de Vara, just a drive away from the Cinque Terre along the spectacular Via Aurelia.
This coastline is beautiful, rich with culture, good food and is very, very romantic. It is where romantic poets like Byon and Shelly chose to spend time. Shelly actually drowned in the Gulf of Spezia, after setting out in a small boat from Livorno during a severe storm.
The Mediterranean does have incredibly fierce and dramatic storms during the summer months. Shelly’s body was cremated on the beach near Viareggio, and his cindered heart was snatched from the pyre upon Mary Shelly’s request.
Of course there are other styles of holidays in Italy that will delight anyone who wishes to get up and close to the real Italy and not just be a passing tourist. G Adventures, for example, has a holiday called Local Living in Amalfi, where you will experience life as a local. How wonderful! Just click on the link to be taken to their wonderful site.
Then there’s Intrepid Travel’s Real Food Adventure, just click on the photo below to be taken to their site:
Macs Adventure’s wonderful walking holidays in Italy and lots more!
If you’re looking for a very comfortable apartment to rent for your holiday in the Cinque Terre then click here : This is a wonderful apartment that sleeps 4. It is in the beautiful foothills of La Spezia, in the Val de Vara, a tiny medieval village called Carro.
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