Heading to Europe this summer and looking to get active while doing so? When your travels take you to Italy, there are a number of awe-inspiring hikes in Italy that will go a long way to convince you that this nation is among the luckiest in the world when it comes to beauty. When you stroll the three paths that we outline below, we think that you’ll agree with us…!
1) Path of the Gods, Amalfi Coast
Stretching from Bomerano to Postiano, the Path of the Gods hike along the Amalfi Coast will likely be one of the better two and a half hour strolls that you will ever do in your lifetime. While the rugged promontories and the lively ocean below will serve as its own reward, some of the best gelato in Italy awaits you at the end of this hike in Postiano.
Best done in the morning or late afternoon to avoid unfavorable light conditions, this is one journey you will want to take your camera along for, so ensure your batteries are charged and that you have an extra memory card handy!
2) Vièl del Pan in the Dolomites
Located high up in the famous Dolomites Range in the Alps, Vièl del Pan blends green alpine meadows with the stark gray limestone of Marmolada, which is one of the most prominent mountains in the entire chain.
While you could start your hike from the base if you are motivated and fit enough, those with less robust fitness can make use of ski lifts during the summer season to skip all the hard stuff, thereby getting to the prime views without expending their weight in sweat.
You needn’t worry about packing a lunch if money is little concern for you either, as there are no less than seven restaurants ready to cook up a world class meal to satisfy your appetite.
3) Strolling from Camogli to Portofino
While Cinque Terre has a number of stunning trails that deserve to be tread, the truth of the matter is that they often get overly crowded during the high season. As such, we recommend instead that you trek a less trammeled route from Camogli to Portofino at this time instead.
There are many stunning places along the way to go for a swim, and if the thought of walking back from Portofino is too much for you, there are boats and buses that will help you make a much quicker return trip back to your accommodation…