There’s a lot more to Italy than sunshine and good food (though it certainly helps!). If you’re the type of traveller who likes to get out there and use your two feet to see exciting new sights, Italy could be the place for you.
Have you considered a walking holiday in Italy? Here are a few of the most scenic trails in Italy for you to enjoy.
Route of the Two Seas
This 82-mile route does what it says and takes you on spectacular walks along two seas – the Adriatic and Ionian Seas to be specific. It takes you from the coastal town of Polignano a Mare through some picture-perfect Italian towns, culminating in the ancient town of Taranto on the Ionian coast (or vice versa!).
The trail has the perfect combo of coastal scenery, rural paths and woodland walking. And Taranto is the perfect location to delve into a bit of ancient Greek history, as it was founded by the Spartans in the 8th century BC.
The Route of Charlemagne
The medieval emperor Charlemagne is said to have taken this 99-mile route in the Camonica Valley. Here, he built many churches and forced local lords to bend to his will.
Based near the northern Italian border, you’ll be able to see St Mary’s Church, the core building constructed by Charlemagne which exists within the current Cathedral.
You can admire the beautiful Lake Iseo as you travel, as well as the idyllic town that sits on the waterfront.
This hike is great for people of all abilities as it’s quite gentle and rich in scenery. Over the course of 105 miles, it spans the regions of central Puglia and Basilicata.
Along the way, you’ll see the Basilica di San Nicola. This is where you’ll find the shrine of the shrine of St Nicholas (the origin of Santa Claus!). You’ll also spend some time hiking through the National Park of Alta Murgia, a place of limestone hills and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.
Cosy villages with bakeries serving up amazing local food will be readily available!
The 248-mile hike will take you across some of the iconic landscapes that inspired Dante’s Divine Comedy. This includes quaint medieval villages such as Brisighella, which sits on a hillside between Florence and Ravenna.
You’ll traverse leafy forests and admire the Acquacheta Waterfalls in the mountainous Appennine region.
The route is extremely popular, especially with literature lovers. It’s well sign-posted and well stocked with accommodation and cafes for travellers on the move.
Hiking in Italy is an incredibly satisfying pastime. It could provide just the change of scenery you need. Springtime is a lovely time to do this, as the temperatures are pleasant and nature is alive with the signs of spring.