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Walk the fabulous Italian countrysideItaly has some of Europe’s best destinations for walking holidays, with many hikes and areas marked as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It’s full of routes which are both on and off the beaten track, where you can explore a wide variety of terrains and landscapes. There are routes for all abilities, from the casual walker to the serious hiker: a stroll through the Tuscan countryside will please those looking for a relazing afternoon out, whilst the Dolomites offer some really challenging routes such as the Trek of Legends. Taking an Italian walking holiday will also allow you to sample Italy's diverse cultures, and soak up the atmosphere at a slower pace of life.
Walking holidays in Italy take you through one of the widest variety of terrains on offer. From the heights and beautiful views from the Dolomites to the rugged yet lush countryside of Sardinia, you will be treated to many sights along the way. Tuscany and Sicily have stunning heritage sites as well as fantastic food, while the Amalfi coast can offer some of Europe’s most stunning panoramas.


 

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Stroll through the Tuscan countryside Stroll through the Tuscan countryside

Tuscany goes to show that walking holidays don’t have to be out in the countryside. With the two great cities of Florence and Sienna to explore, you will have more than enough walking to do between the amazing sights on offer. Tuscany is packed with historical, architectural and cultural sites, and a tour of one or both of Sienna and Florence is an absolute must. Outside the big towns and cities, of course, there is a great variety of terrains and the locals' passion for walking has preserved a fantastic network of routes and tracks.

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Explore wild and rugged Sardinia Explore wild and rugged Sardinia

Stretching from its wild interior, a combination of rugged landscapes dotted with shepherd's huts and traditional villages, to the upmarket and modern coast littered with the yachts of Italy’s rich and famous, Sardinia's a pretty special destination. The second-largest island in the Mediterranean, it still has miles of unspoilt country to explore. You can take relaxed walks winding around the coast, past white sandy beaches full of beautiful and colourful fishing villages, but watch out for Neolithic burial chambers, medieval towers and even flamingos along the way.  

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Walk the beautiful Amalfi costline Walk the beautiful Amalfi costline

The Amalfi coast stretches for 40 kilometres along the southern coast of the Sorrentine peninsula, and has long proven a popular haunt for tourists and walkers alike. Whilst most will wind along its coastal roads by car, it is best seen and experienced by foot. Between Praiano and Positano is one of Italy’s most famous and picturesque hiking routes, known as the Path of the Gods. Named for the Roman temples which once stood here, it's not to be missed when holidaying along the Amalfi coast. As for the rest of the shoreline, you will be treated to deserted pathways and pebble beaches, and as always, there's spectacular food to fuel your trek.

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East meets west in Sicily East meets west in Sicily

The island of Sicily is almost split in two, between the Baroque treasures of the East and the Greek monuments which lie in the West. Full of culture and beautiful routes, from the Madonie Mountains to historic towns filled with ancient mosaics, Sicily is more than capable of pleasing even the most experienced of walkers. Exploring the east in Autumn is recommended: this is the best time to see the blend of Greek, Roman, Arab and Baroque heritage amidst the russet colours of the countryside. The west, meanwhile, sits at a crossroads between Africa and Europe, and is also home to some wonderful routes: try a trek past its ancient monuments in Spring.

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Dolomites heights Dolomites heights

At the limestone end of the Alps lies the Dolomite Range. Spread across this vast area, close to the Austrian border, are over 1000 kilometres of walking trails and Alpine views. The area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding natural beauty, and quite rightly so: it's a great destination for walking and hiking holidays, with a huge number of pre-planned routes which are graded according to your level of ability. The Dolomites are, however, a virtual mecca for high level walkers: with hikes such as the Trek of Legends linking Val di Femme, San Martino di Castrozza-Primiero-Vanoi and Val di Fassa, challenging yourself won't be a problem.

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Italy has always been a popular destination for rural retreats, with its rich and vibrant countryside and coast to explore. With cities such as Florence and Siena on offer, Tuscany is a wonderful place to combine great walks with culture and the allure of the city. We have a great selection of accommodation across Italy, wherever you chose to go for a walking holiday. From apartments in the city to intimate country cottages for couples, we have it all. You can find your prefect place to stay at HomeAway.co.uk.

 

 

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