Self Guided Walking Holidays in Italy
Our self guided Italy walking holidays take in the famous Amalfi Coast and the Sorrentinian Peninsula, the Cinque Terre, Sardinia, Piedmont, Umbria, Tuscany, the Alps and the Dolomites. We have developed some unique walking itineraries in these popular regions so that you can be all by yourself, surrounded by nature.
Coastal and Island Walks
The Aeolian Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea just north of Sicily. During the tour, you will visit the most attractive islands: Lipari, Vulcano, Salina and Stromboli. Then you will explore beautiful Taormina, and finish your adventure with a guided climb of Mount Etna.
Discover the jewels of the Bay of Naples – the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. These walks offer a stunning combination of sea views, picturesque coastal towns, impressive mountains and an abundance of culture and nature. Spend the nights in comfortable 3-star hotels.
A large part of the Amalfi Coast and Mountains walking holiday is, of course, along the Amalfi coast, and it includes all the famous coastal villages: Amalfi, Atrani, Ravello, Praiano and the scenic Positano. But you will also walk in real mountain scenery, through chestnut forests and picturesque countryside with beautiful terraced lemon groves and vineyards.
The Amalfi Coast Highlights walking holiday is our classic tour along the Amalfi coast which takes in all the famous coastal villages and the most beautiful walks in the Amalfi area. You’ll have the time to visit Amalfi itself, but also Atrani, wonderfully preserved through the centuries, Ravello with its magnificent villas, the quiet Praiano and, of course, the scenic Positano.
Take the best walks on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast, while staying in comfortable 3-star hotels. Our Amalfi Coast short walking break takes in four days of walking and you will be based for two nights in Amalfi/Atrani and for two nights in Positano.
This walking holiday in Italy takes in the highlights of the famed Cinque Terre (the ‘Five Lands’). Based in Monterosso and Portovenere, you will explore the beautiful Ligurian coast by foot, train and boat, choosing from a selection of coastal and mountain walks in the Ligurian Riviera each day.
Enjoy on foot and by rail the five classic fishing villages of Cinque Terre, as well as the lovely Portofino and Portovenere. Take some unforgettable walks along the quiet high trails, going from village to village through the forests and vineyards of the Ligurian coast, known as Italy’s ‘Flower Riviera’.
This demanding but rewarding trek is a must for the avid hiker. The Alta Via is the long-distance trail which runs high above the Amalfi Coast, from Cava dei Tirreni in the very East, to Punta Campanella, the tip of the Sorrentinian Peninsula. It roughly follows the ridge of the Lattari mountains, the backbone of the peninsula.
On this demanding but rewarding trek above the Amalfi Coast, Positano and Sorrento, you will discover the unspoiled beauty of the Lattari Mountains. You will walk through real mountain scenery, past amazing sheer drops, through chestnut forests and beautiful countryside with terraced lemon groves and vineyards.
This itinerary combines some unique walks between the rugged mountains and the sea with overnights in three charming hotels. Enjoy beautiful views of the coastline, the blue-glistening bays and the Mediterranean karst – a perfect mix of hiking and relaxation, topped off by Sardinia’s delicious cuisine and fine local wines.
Wine Trails and Walks in Beautiful Countryside
Follow the wine trails of Tuscany on foot through the wine region of Chianti, nestled between the beautiful cities of Florence and Siena. The rolling Chianti hills are carpeted with olive groves, vineyards and fields that have come from a Renaissance painting. First overnight is in Florence and last one is in Siena, but we strongly recommend that you spend some extra nights in both cities.
The historic path from Assisi to Spoleto takes you in the footsteps of St. Francis through Umbria, the green heart of Italy. The villages you visit on the way have preserved their own identity and you will feel like the time has stood still for centuries. Last, but not least, this part of Italy is world-known for its exquisite cuisine and fine wines.
The Italian lakes of Como and Lugano will enchant you with the beauty of an entrancing landscape of water and mountains fused together in perfect harmony. This walking holiday in Lombardy will take you away from the crowded holiday centres on trails going through forested valleys, mountain tops and traditional villages still preserving their unique character.
Explore two of the most famous regions of Italy at your own pace. From the wine trails of Piedmont to the turquoise sea waters of the Flower Riviera, each walking day of this trip will reveal you unique natural scenery, genuine cuisine and stunning architecture. The tour finishes at the spa town of San Remo.
Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrimage trail from Canterbury to Rome, is getting increasingly popular for a reason. We offer you a walk that combines the famous towns and villages such as Siena and San Gimignano with beautiful hamlets such as San Miniato, allowing you to discover the very best of the Tuscan Via Francigena in a single trip.
The amazing Alpe-Adria Trail runs from Carinthia in the Austrian Alps to the Adriatic Sea at a total length of 750 km. On this walking holiday you will take in the final section of the Alpe-Adria Trail. The tour offers enormous variety both culturally and naturally: starting with Castelmonte, through Cormons, Karst and Brda to the Habsburg city of Trieste.
Known for its slow food, fine wines, regal palazzi and authentic French-influenced atmosphere, Piedmont is one of Italy’s most beautiful and diverse regions and the Langhe area is one of its highlights. Walking among the rolling hills covered with vineyards, you will explore various treasuries of culinary, architectural and cultural nature.
Take an epic journey on foot, starting from the Bavarian Alps near Munich and the famed Neuschwanstein Castle, taking in the massifs of Ammergau and Zugspitze, Wetterstein (Garmisch), Tyrol and Hohe Tauern, finishing at the foot of the Tre Cime in the Dolomites and then enjoying the last overnight in Venice, Italy.
Our Dolomites walking holiday will take you through three beautiful natural parks in the heart of the Dolomites, taking in mountain lakes, lush pastures, green forests and impressive scenery. You will start at lake Pragser Wildsee; high above Cortina d’Ampezzo, you will enjoy views of Dolomites’ most striking summits.
Enjoy a unique circular itinerary in the Alps where the borders of Austria, Italy and Slovenia meet. Start from Villach in Austria, then follow the ridges of the Carnic Alps in Italy, cross the stunning Julian Alps and take in the landscapes of Triglav National Park in Slovenia, then reach Kranjska Gora and finish back in Villach.
The Alta Via 1 route is known as the classical path revealing the iconic peaks of the Italian Dolomites, one of the most unique landscapes in Europe. Once a battleground, the region is now one of the most visited and accessible hiking destinations attracting adventure travellers from all over the world.
The Alpe-Adria Trail runs from the Austrian Alps to the Adriatic Sea at a total length of 750 km. On our Kranjska Gora to Cividale del Friuli itinerary, you will walk some of the most picturesque sections from the heart of the Slovenian Alps through the Soča Valley to the sunny wine country on the Italian side.
On this walking holiday you will traverse the Tyrolean Alps north to south, from Austrian Tyrol to South Tyrol (Alto Adige) in Italy. Following ancient pilgrimage and smuggler trails, you will pass by stunning glaciers and cross the valleys of Stubaital, Wipptal and Pflerschtal. During the walks you will enjoy the splendid views to the main range of the Alps.
On this epic 14-day trek you will traverse the entire Tyrolean Alps – from Garmisch Partenkirchen in Germany across Wetterstein and Karwendel massifs to Innsbruck in Austria and then reach South Tyrol (Alto Adige) in Italy. You will walk through impressive gorges and balcony trails; you will pass by stunning glaciers and cross the valleys of Stubaital, Wipptal and Pflerschtal.
Our Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights in Comfort walking holiday will lead you from France to Italy and Switzerland, taking in the best sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc circuit while we transfer your main luggage. Overnights are in nice 3 or 4-star hotels and mountain lodges with private rooms on all nights. In the evenings, you will enjoy delicious French, Swiss and Italian meals.
On the Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights itinerary you will walk in the standard counter-clockwise direction and use lifts and public transport to skip some parts of the complete trail so that you can take in the very best sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc within 6 days of walking. In the evenings, you will enjoy delicious meals and overnights in traditional mountain huts.
During this winter walking holiday in the Dolomites, you will walk in the snow-covered mountains of the Dolomites of Sesto and the iconic UNESCO-listed Three Peaks. The trip is going to take you through the valleys of Sesto and Braies, known for their amazing nature. The Dolomites winter walking tour goes through well-established and safe routes and is suitable for both less experienced walkers and fit hikers.
Mont Blanc is by no doubt one of the most beautiful massifs of the Alps, and the Tour du Mont Blanc has become one of the most iconic walks in the world. On this itinerary you will walk the complete tour in the classic counter-clockwise direction and stay in comfortable private en-suite rooms on all nights, all luggage transfers included.
On our Tour du Mont Blanc from Les Houches itinerary you will walk almost the full tour (skipping the asphalt sections). The tour takes 12 days (10 walking days) to complete. In the evenings, you will enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Mont Blanc hikers and take in simple but delicious meals and overnights in traditional mountain huts and small 2 and 3-star hotels.
Walk the Tour du Mont Blanc from Les Houches through France, Italy and Switzerland, staying in comfortable private hotel rooms on most nights. The tour takes 12 days (10 walking days) to complete. It is the perfect Alpine trek for those who are seasoned trekkers but still prefer the comfort of hotel accommodation.
The trip starts in the beautiful village of Martigny in Switzerland. From here, you walk the Tour Mont Blanc route via Courmayeur, following in the clockwise direction the eastern part of the complete tour to Bourg Saint-Maurice while staying in comfortable private en-suite rooms on all nights, all luggage transfers included.
Where Do our Walking Holidays in Italy Take Place?
The Amalfi Coast
Some of our most popular Italy walking holidays take place on the Amalfi and Sorrentinian coasts. Hiking on the Amalfi Coast offers a stunning combination of sea, picturesque coastal towns and mountains, an abundance of both culture and nature. The landscape is varied and offers ever-changing views. It can be typically Mediterranean, intoxicating with its wild perfumed herbs, with myrtle shrubs, thyme, rosemary and mastic trees, or almost alpine with meadows and bare rocks.
The Ligurian Coast
Walking on the Ligurian coast, known as Italia’s ‘Flower Riviera’, will enchant you with its unique coastal and forest trails. It stretches from the French border all the way to Tuscany and offers wooded slopes plunging towards the sea, where fishing villages of tall, sorbet-coloured houses nest in small bays and coves. Fish and seafood dominate the local cuisine, as do rare white wines such as Sciacchetrà.
The Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. They form a part of the Southern Limestone Alps and extend from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley in the east. The northern and southern borders are defined by the Puster Valley and the Sugana Valley. Known for its endless sceneries of pastures surrounded by jagged peaks and vertical walls, the Dolomites will reveal you some unique landscapes. The Alta Via route is known as the classical path revealing the best sceneries and iconic peaks of the region, and each of its stages reveals areas of exceptional natural beauty, history and genuine local culture.
The island of Sardinia has long been known for its sandy beaches and clear sea and is immensely popular as a summer retreat. Only recently its many unspoilt natural and cultural treasures have gotten the right attention from nature lovers and walkers. It is still possible to wander its many spectacular trails, enjoying the peace of a real hiker’s paradise.
The Alpe Adria Trail
The Alpe Adria-Trail connects the three regions of Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in a total of 43 stages and circa 750 km. On our Slovenian holidays you will walk along some of the best parts of the trail from the heart of the Slovenian Alps to the beautiful sunny wine region on the Italian border. You’ll cross a stunning mountain pass, and follow the emerald-green Soča River as it carves its way through the gorgeous Trenta Valley. You’ll trek the Italian-Slovene border along a mountain ridge, before descending into the Italian wine country.
Our Tour du Mont Blanc itineraries will lead you from France to Italy and Switzerland, taking in the best sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc circuit.
Walking through the Langhe region, you will explore the varied landscape of the unmistakable line of rolling hills covered with vineyards as far as the eye can see. These are the lands where the world’s finest and most expensive wines are made and there are plenty of opportunities to sample some of them in the numerous wine stores all located in historic buildings along your route.
The historic path from Assisi to Spoleto takes you in the footsteps of St. Francis through Umbria, the green heart of Italy. The villages you visit on the way have preserved their own identity and you will feel like the time has stood still for centuries.
Follow the wine trails of Tuscany on foot through the wine region of Chianti, nestled between the beautiful cities of Florence and Siena. Or take a walk that combines the famous towns and villages such as Siena and San Gimignano with beautiful hamlets such as San Miniato, allowing you to discover the very best of the Tuscan Via Francigena in a single trip.