Italy is a rare country that truly has it all. It features rich history, arts, and cuisine, and the natural landscapes are as varied as they are beautiful. With this guide, travelers of all ages will find the perfect outdoor adventure for their next Italian vacation!
You’ll also find that your guide on a Globus tour will have local knowledge of off the beaten path ideas and many activities that are already included in your arranged itinerary.
An Active Paradise in Lake Garda
Situated in Northern Italy, Lake Garda is the largest and most visited lake in the country. With an ideal location right between Venice and Milan, Lake Garda provides an incredible diversion from Italy’s bustling city centers. The picturesque waters and rugged mountains are wonderful to behold, and visitors of any fitness level can explore the region through a number of activities.There are multiple marked walking tours rated from beginner to advanced around the lake, and the paths range from flat and scenic to rugged and steep. Mountain biking is also an option as is skiing during the winter. Plus, many consider the area to host some of the best free rock climbing walls in all of Europe! From kayaking to parasailing and leisurely strolls to intense hikes, Lake Garda truly has it all!
Scenic Hikes in Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre is located in the Liguria region and features immense coastlines along the riviera. The area features five distinct towns with pastel-colored buildings, ancient vineyards, and an unbeatable charm. Along the coastline, there are both paved and unpaved hiking trails that give you amazing views of the ocean, towns, and local fauna. Trail #2 is one of the easiest and most popular trails in Cinque Terre due to its rugged beauty, wide paved lanes, plus romantic history. Along the trail, there are statues of people kissing beside the scenic coastline, and the unofficially titled Lover’s Lane features numerous love letters left by previous hikers. While the trails remain flat for the most part, they can get quite steep and narrow which makes planning essential. For the average traveler, trail #2 will be a grand adventure. For more seasoned hikers, there are other trails that offer incredibly difficult trails that are only opened by request from the local rangers. Luckily, all of the trails provide equally beautiful and memorable views and experiences!
Historical Adventures in the Dolomites
Located in the Northeast, the Dolomites are a vast and highly rugged mountain range that offer everything from hiking to skiing plus historical excursions. The Dolomites are part of the Italian Alps but feature strikingly unique shapes and features. The mountains can turn from beginner to advanced very quickly, and the best way to experience it all is with a licensed tour guide.The Dolomites still contain iron ladders, rails, and other unique artifacts from World War I which can be viewed through a guided tour. During the winter, the mountains become a skier’s and snowboarder’s best friend. Plus, one can kayak along the base of the mountains for an incredibly unique experience. The Dolomites may not always be beginner friendly, but with the right guide, they can be enjoyed by anyone!
Horseback Riding in Picturesque Sardinia
Italy has many scenic routes that are perfect for horseback riding, but nothing beats the Mediterranean Sardinia. The vastness of the island’s coastline combined with idyllic white sand and sweeping landscapes makes it an unforgettable destination for riders of all ages. With multiple groups and routes to choose from, there is an excursion for riders of any level from gentle walks along the water to faster pace rides along the hills.
Trekking Along the Ancient Mt. Vesuvius
Mt. Vesuvius is the infamous volcano that destroyed and preserved Pompeii, but it is also an incredible destination for hiking and experiencing remarkable views. While the town of Pompeii offers many cultural riches, the nearby Vesuvius offers an easily accessible hike that is both enjoyable and historically thrilling. View the Bay of Naples with perfect clarity as you ascend the mountain of Hercules, and enjoy an unforgettable panoramic view along the way. Italian folklore and mythology is filled with references to Vesuvius, and hiking on it provides you with a firsthand glimpse into it all. Plus, the view of Pompeii from above is simply amazing! While Vesuvius and the previously mentioned excursions can be enjoyed by most anybody, it is always important to check with the local rangers before embarking on a hike. Luckily, Italy’s parks and trails remain open throughout most of the year and continue to enthrall visitors from around the world!