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Italy Christmas Destinations

Italy Christmas Destinations

October 31, 2021

Christmas in Italy is festive, with markets, lights, Christmas trees, and music in the streets. Below we recommend seven of our favorite Italy Christmas Destinations. The Christmas season in Italy starts on December 8th (Immaculate Conception) and ends on January…

Hiking In Italy

Hiking In Italy

September 30, 2021

Hiking in Italy: Five favorite destinations Walking and hiking in Italy can be a holiday in itself or a wonderful way to spend mornings before a long Italian lunch and an afternoon wine tasting or seeing amazing art and architecture….

Mountain huts in Italy: a traveler’s guide

Mountain huts in Italy: a traveler’s guide

January 11, 2016

It can be difficult for anyone who is accustomed to hiking in North America to grasp just how user-friendly Italy’s hiking infrastructure is. Multi-day hikes in North America (think the John Muir Trail, the Appalachian Trail or Cheryl Strayed’s PCT hike)…

Dolomites hiking: the historic Valley of the Mills

Dolomites hiking: the historic Valley of the Mills

October 15, 2014

Sixteen of us spent a July morning hiking in the Dolomites along the historic Valley of the Mills path, located about 3 hours north of Venice.  Called La Valle dei Mulini or Val di Morins in Italian and in local dialect, respectively, the…

Hiking and biking in Italy: an interactive map of favorite routes

Hiking and biking in Italy: an interactive map of favorite routes

September 18, 2014

Although Italy is more famous for its scenery, art, architecture, and food, it’s a fantastic place for hiking and biking. I pulled together a few of my favorite routes in an interactive map. Some were chosen from my days working…

Hiking the Italian Alps: The Thullie hole

Hiking the Italian Alps: The Thullie hole

September 02, 2014

This is a guest post by Italian Alps hiking guide Roberto Calcagno. Grazie Roberto! For those of you who would like to go hiking in the Italian Alps and are seeking rare and amazing places with almost unbelievable stories, this…

Cinque Terre Hiking

Cinque Terre Hiking

February 19, 2014

The Cinque Terre are five towns that appear to cling to the rocks along a small section of northern Italy’s Mediterranean coastline, and are famous for the mule trails that connect them: paths which attract thousands of hikers each year. I worked as a hiking guide in and around the Cinque Terre, and if you’ve seen photos of the area and are thinking about hiking the trails, here are the things you should know.

Hiking near Cinque Terre : 4 trails to avoid the crowds

Hiking near Cinque Terre : 4 trails to avoid the crowds

October 24, 2013

When I worked as a hiking guide in the Cinque Terre more than a decade ago, we pretty much had the trails to ourselves. Surrounded by lemon trees and fig trees (a wonderful snack), we’d walk the now-famous paths that link the…

How to climb an Italian volcano

How to climb an Italian volcano

June 12, 2013

According to a recent article in a glossy travel magazine, volcano tourism is a thing now. And while the article listed some impressive volcanoes (Iceland and Hawaii of course both made the list), there was no mention of Italian volcanoes….

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