Walking Holidays in Italy

stunning Amalfi coast. Italy

Italy Walking Tours & Sightseeing Holidays

Fewer places inspire wanderlust like Italy, arguably one of the most romantic places on the planet for its sparkling Mediterranean beaches, rolling hills, vineyard-studded countryside, hilltop towns and villages, architectural treasures, and art-rich cities. It also spoils with a much drooled-over landscape for walkers; think steady climbs in the Piedmont, self-guided hikes in the mighty Dolomites, and gentle strolls around some of the big-name watery wonders. 

Explore Lake Garda 

Glistening at the foot of the Dolomites and spread across three regions (Veneto, Lombardy, and Trentino-Alto Adige), Lake Garda gets all the love for being the country’s largest lake by surface area (143 square miles). Mused about by the likes of Goethe, DH Lawrence, and Byron, it rewards with secluded beaches, olive groves, and shoreside towns that take centre stage. Most visit-worthy is the fortified town of Sirmione for the 13th-century castle, Rocca Scaligera, and Gardone Riviera for the estate of Italian poet, Gabriele d'Annunzio. You can also stop at Malcesine for its cobbled streets, artisan shops, Monte Baldo cable car, and many fabulous spots for vino-tasting. 

Discover the Amalfi Coast 

A mix of simplicity and sophistication, the 30-mile Amalfi Coast ups the ante for walking holidays in Italy. Most seductive here is Sorrento – the hilltop town overlooking the Bay of Naples and the smoking hotspot that is Mount Vesuvius. You can relax in sunny piazzas, sip limoncello (the Italian digestif made with sugar, water, alcohol, and lemons) at a pavement café, and admire the frescos at the 15th-century Sedil Dominova. Further thrills include Ferriere Valley Nature Reserve – the lush valley best known for its waterfalls, ancient water mills, ironworks, and splendid hiking trails. 

Hike in The Dolomites 

Little rivals the dazzling Dolomites – the mountain range in the northern Italian Alps that was bestowed UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2009. Adored by skiers in winter and walkers and hikers in summer, it offers peaks, meadows, lakes, hundreds of spectacular walking trails, and a huge amount of seasonal-specific outdoor activities. You’ll get to complete a lengthy circuit around both Sassolungo and Sasso Piatto, meander in the meadows above Selva on the north side of the Val Gardena and spend time in Bolzano – South Tyrol’s characterful capital which charms with interesting Gothic and Romanesque buildings in its medieval centre. 

Fall in love with Siena 

Our guided walking holidays in Italy allow for ample exploration in Siena, the Renaissance city best known for its honey-hued streets, incredible artworks, and great shopping around Via Montanini, Banchi di Sopra, and Via di Città. You’ll get to people-watch on Piazza del Campo, venture to the top of the 102-metre-high Torre del Mangia, spend time at the Duomo of Siena, and admire the frescos at the Museo Civico in the Palazzo Pubblico. Should time allow, the Siena Cathedral is one of the best examples of architecture in the whole of Italy and worth a visit for the white marble façade alone.  

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Essential Tuscany

Hidden Treasures of Puglia & Matera

Piedmont Wine & Walking

Discover the Cinque Terre

Discover Italy's Sorrento Peninsula

The Best of Lake Garda

The Best of the Dolomites

Highlights of the Amalfi Coast Path