At Hooked on Walking Holidays we have developed a number of great walking holidays throughout Italy. The scenery in Italy is very varied which allows Hooked on Walking Holidays to design our tours for many different tastes and interests. Our walking holidays in Italy are available as self led holidays. Our walking holidays are available in Tuscany (Chianti), Sicily, Umbria, Piemonte, Cinque Terre, Dolomites, Amalfi Coast, Island of Elba, Lake Como, Marche and Sardinia.
Italy the land of great hospitality where everyone becomes part of the family. The accommodation on our walking holidays in Italy have been selected with this in mind, nice friendly homely hotels and agristurismo of the highest standards. We have fabulous self guided holidays which allow you great freedom and flexibility. They have been designed with wonderful scenery in mind and also the history and culture of each region. Of course not forgetting the wonderful cuisine and wine for you to sample during your evening dinners.
Cinque Terre - 4 or 6 Night self guided walking holiday level 2
This walking holiday in Liguria ( just north of Tuscany) is called the Cinque Terre, or the ‘five villages’, have given their name to this part of the Ligurian Coast, better known as the ‘flower-Riviera’. These five picturesque villages, difficult to reach by car, are connected by a railroad-track and by one of the most beautiful coastal footpaths of Europe. Walking along this footpath you’ll continuously have spectacular views on the sea and the terraced hills where vineyards, olives and lemons grow as well as a variety of wild flowers and sweet smelling bushes. Not only is the coastal area beautiful, more inland the mountains offer a varied landscape with vegetation and old chestnut forests.
Sardinia - Supramonte Mountains 4 or 7 night self led walking holiday level 2-3.
The landscape where this walking tour takes place, belongs to one of the most dramatic coastlines of the Mediterranean. White cliffs rising 800 metres high out of the blue, crystal clear waters of the Golfo di Orosei. The thousands of mysterious Nuraghe villages and towers, scattered over this island, tell us of ancient times and ancient cultures that once ruled Sardinia. Starting from the capital city of Cagliari or Algherro you first travel into the heart of the Supramonte, a rugged and rough mountain area to the east, where still many secrets are concealed. Narrow footpaths lead you to the Su Gologone, a well that constantly pours out great amounts of crystal clear water.
You will walk through the narrow and spectacular gorge called Gola di Gorropu, high up to Monte Tiscali, where you will find the ancient hidden city of the Nuraghe people. The final stretch is down to the sea where a pleasant and relaxing stay awaits you at Cala Gonone and the beautiful beach of Cala Luna.
Discover Tuscany - Chianti 4 or 7 night self led walking holiday level 1-2.
Between the artistic masterpieces of Florence and Siena we find the “Chianti Classico” hills, covered with vineyards producing world famous wines, as well as excellent olive oil. Walking along the Chianti’s footpaths, cypress lined roads and strade bianche that cross forest of oak, beech and chestnut you will feel as if you have just walked in to a renaissance painting, dotted with well preserved towns and villages, imposing Renaissance villas and picturesque stone farmhouses where the locals maintain age-long traditions
.Glimpse of Sardinia A level 1-2 easy 7 night self guided walking holiday.
Descending through oak forests and olive groves you walk towards the west coast to the Island of Sardinia. Once on the coast you will have a series of lovely easy walks along the stunning cliffs and nature reserves on the coastline south to Cabras. This region is a superb region to bird watch with various species resident and migrating to the area. This easy walking tour will enable to to take a glimpse of the Sardinian way of life, sample the local wine and cuisine and view some lovely coastal scenes.
Island of Elba - 5 night self guided walking tour level 2
This particular hiking vacation is a self guided walking tour around the island of Elba located just off the mainland of Italy and not far from Pisa. Legend says that when the Tyrrhenian goddess Venus emerged from the waves of the sea, seven gemstones fell from her tiara, and so the Islands of the Tuscan Archipelago were born, of which Elba is the largest.
Sicily Madonie Mountains - 7 night self led walking holiday level 2-3.
Almost literally ‘in the shadow of the most famous and dominant highest Sicilian peak, the Etna, lays the Parco delle Madonie, an incredibly beautiful yet unknown mountain area east of Palermo. Rugged cliffs and razor sharp mountain crests almost reaching up to 2000m that offer great panoramas to the walker’s eyes. Small villages built like eagles nests lie scattered against the mountain slopes. The daily life passes away slowly, following the rhythm of the seasons which is strongly influenced by old rituals and traditions. People here still live off what nature has to offer. They work the small fields and grow their own vegetables, maintain the olive groves and vineyards and harvest the figs, almonds and hazelnuts.
Unknown Umbria 4 or 7 night self led walking holiday Level 2-3 Tour
From the sunlit, mediaeval town of Spoleto this walking tour brings you through the dark woods of the Valnerina to the rugged peaks of the Monti Sibillini National Park. In this unspoiled part of Umbria there’s an almost spiritual, timeless atmosphere. Small churches, hermitages and chapels mark the ancient pilgrim routes. Summers are long and the mountain air is clean and crisp. Not only the landscape is worthwhile enjoying, on this tour you’ll find time to taste the traditional Umbrian food, specially flavored with the ‘tartufo nero’ that is found in the hills of the Valnerina and of course the excellent red Montefalco wines. On your way to the medieval town of Norcia, birthplace of San Benedetto, you’ll visit the Roman abbey of San Pietro in Valle, climb the Monte Coscerno and walk on one of Italy’s natural phenomena’s ‘the Piano Grande’. This mountain plateau is surrounded by the highest peaks of the Sibillini mountains and forms literally and figuratively the highlight of this tour.
Walk Resort Dolomites - A 7 night level 3 self guided walking holiday based in one hotel for the week
Our hotel base is the wonderful 3 star Hotel Los Andes. It is situated in the stunning town of Castello di Fiemme. With is nice indoor pool and outdoor whirlpool it really is a hotel to relax in after a good days walking in the mountains. Family run you will soon feel welcome and start to unwind from that busy life. The valley is in the midst of fabulous walking country, high peaks provide stunning panoramic views as you take the chair lifts and cable cars to the high levels
Dolomites - 7 night self led walking holiday level 2-3 Tour
Right in the heart of the German speaking South Tyrol region of the Dolomites lays the nature lovers ideal hiking area. The Parco Naturale Fanes Sennes, one of Europe’s largest nature reserves and where you can still encounter marmots, chamois and ibex among others. The spectacular limestone mountains with its raged, often snow capped peaks set the backdrop for the walks that take you up to the, high mountain pastures, passes and ridges. Here nature is quite untouched and an incredible variety of plant species including orchids, monkshoods, gentians and lilies can be found. With the coming of summer the snow starts to melt giving way to an eruption of colour as thousands of flowers start to blossom. The woods that have been silent for months also come alive with bird songs and the sound of running water, fresh and crystal clear.
Piemonte - 7 night self led walking holiday Level 2-3 Tour
The Langhe, set between the Alps and the Apennine mountains, is blessed with rich and fertile lands that produce the ‘King of truffles’: the Tuber magnatum! and some of the worlds best wines such as Barolo and Barbera. You also find an infinite variety of cheese, preserved meats, refined pastries and chocolates that are exported the world over. Thus, gastronomy plays a major part in this tour and you will have the opportunity to try the different specialties, choosing among the many gourmet restaurants, wine cellars and pastry shops you will find along the trip. From the tops of the hills, you see, small picturesque villages, large, elegant castles, vineyards, oak and hazelnut forests and on clear days the stunning, often snowcapped mountains of the Alps dominating the horizon. That’s why we offer you the possibility to choose your own restaurant and favorite dish after each day of walking.
Walking on the Amalfi Coast - 7 Night self guided walking tour level 2
The Amalfi coast is steeped in history and also has a fabulous climate making it ideal for year round walking vacation. The Romans and Greeks were there before the growing of the Baroque Palaces and Churches of Spacca Napoli. The biggest artists were all attracted by the charms of Naples, since the early ages to the Romantic period. From the old Néa Polis, founded by Greeks, to the highest glory of the Baroque Age, the city and its environs fascinated every traveler, who loved its artistic treasures as well as its lovely climate and the beauty of the nature around. Romans were not wrong when they choose Hercolanum and Baia as their privileged holiday resorts.
Active Volcanoes of Sicily - 7 night self guided walking tour level 2
On this walking holiday you will visit East Sicily , Mount Etna and the Aeolian Islands of Lipari and Stromboli. On Stromboli you can experience the emotion stirred up by an active volcano ,the northern Island of the Aeolian Archipelago, a volcano that, due to its perpetual activity, was called “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean Sea”.
Tuscany Dream A 7 night self guided walking tour level 2
This really is the Tuscany that you always have dreamt of. You will walk in the rolling hills very often portraited in Renaissance paintings and filmed in todays movies, a landscape with a deep blue sky, golden ochres and lush greens. From the famous vineyards of Vino Nobile and Brunello to walled medieval and renaissance boroughs visiting superb churches and abbeys with comfortable accommodations and typical restaurants and locandas. You will see high cypress trees, holm oak, broom, in the fields wheat, vines, chestnuts and barely. Look closely and you might see, wild boars, foxes, porcupines, badgers, buzzards and much more.
North of Siena A 6 nights self guided walking tour level 2
You will experience hilltop fortified towns, Etruscan ruins, medieval boroughs, vines and olive gardens. You will explore the wonderful countryside of this part of Tuscany starting from the superb Siena, the medieval Pompeii. From the medieval walled citadel of Monteriggioni to the towered town of San Gimignano and its gentle vineyards of Vernaccia to the the etruscan and medieval town of Volterra.
Edge of Tuscany - 6 night level 2 self guided walking tour.
You will follow the ancient paths of the pilgrims heading to Rome crossing the rugged highlands of Montefeltro, the legendary land of the Duke Federico da Montefeltro, a land dotted by castles and medieval hamlets providing a living legacy of its past.
Saint Francis Way walking holiday 7 night self guided level 2 walking tour
On this trip you will follow the paths Saint Francis covered during his frequent pilgrimages between the area of La Verna (where he received “the stigmata”), and that of Assisi (where he was born and died). Discover the traces of his passage, such as Franciscan hermitages, chapels, crosses as you walk through the typical landscape of Tuscany and Umbria; shady forests, orchards, olive groves and fields of wheat and barley.
The Alps to the Sea Walking Holiday 8 night level 3 self guided walking tour.
This particular hiking vacation in Italy is in the Italian region of Liguria, the area on the French / Italian border near the sea. At this point the Alps descend to the sea and our level 3 self guided walking tour shall take you from the mountains in a westerly direction to the sea close to the French border at Ventimiglia.
Chestnut and Wine route in the Dolomites- 6 night level 3 self guided tour.
South of the Alps and in the shadow of the Dolomites you can hike through some of the prettiest parts of South Tyrol, the main part of the tour exist between the cultural capital of Tyrol, Brixen, and the provincial capital of Bozen, linking the northern Tyrolean and Southern Italian cultures. The first part of the walk goes down the Chestnut Path (“Keschtnweg”) before presenting you with a vista of the beautiful plateau south of the Dolomites above Bozen.
Walking around Lake Como - A 7 night level 2-3 self guided walking tour.
Straddling Italy and Switzerland the beautiful glacial Lake Como and Lake Lugano have been a popular holiday destination since Roman times, evidenced by the array of lavish villas and sumptuous gardens which line their shores. Away from the affluent holiday centres is a feast of walking trails exploring the forested valleys, mountain tops and traditional villages which have retained their unique character. This week-long walking program takes in the highlights of the Monti Lariani and the Ticino mountains with a selection walks of varying lengths and difficulty. During the trip you also have the time to visit some of the beautiful villas and experience the excellent regional cuisine allowing a complete appreciation of the area.
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