Mountain huts in Italy: a traveler’s guide

Mountain huts in Italy: a traveler’s guide

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)  mean a heavy pack containing several days’ worth of food (maybe inside bear canisters) in…

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Dolomites, Hiking & Walking | 2 Comments

Dolomites hiking: the historic Valley of the Mills

Dolomites hiking: the historic Valley of the Mills

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 Valley of the Mills is just that: a valley that houses about ten or so…

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Dolomites, Hiking & Walking | One Comment

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

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 as a guide hiking and biking in Italy while some are client favorites – routes…

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Cycling, Hiking & Walking | 5 Comments

Hiking the Italian Alps: The Thullie hole

Hiking the Italian Alps: The Thullie hole

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 hike is for you! The Grand Pertus of Colombano Romean, also known as the Thullie…

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Hiking & Walking, Turin | 2 Comments

Cinque Terre Hiking

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

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 five towns, marveling at the sea below us and enjoying the quiet breeze. These days,…

How to climb an Italian volcano

How to climb an Italian volcano

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. But I frequently include volcanoes in my clients’ Italy itineraries, so here are some tips on…

Hiking the Dolomites Via Ferrata: trails with bridges, ladders and ropes

The Dolomites are one of my favorite places to hike, because of the scenery, the many mountain-top refugi that serve lunch, and the fact that the ski lifts take hikers up the mountain throughout summertime; but add to that some very unique trails equipped with ladders, bridges, and iron ropes called the Via Ferrata (translated as…

Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Dolomites, Hiking & Walking | 6 Comments

Best Italy hikes: guest post at Italylogue

It was a challenge to narrow down my list of favorite hikes in Italy to just five for Jessica at Italylogue but I did it. My picks for best Italy hikes include the Dolomites, Lake Como, Liguria, the Amalfi Coast, and Sicily. Notably missing from the list is the Cinque Terre – don’t worry, I explain…

Posted by on Sep 21, 2010 in Hiking & Walking | No Comments

Five spectacular Capri hiking paths

Capri is a walker’s paradise, full of incredible views and scenery, so here are five spectacular Capri hiking routes. Wear proper shoes, long socks or long pants so your legs don’t get scratched, and don’t forget a hat, sunscreen, water, and – in June through August – bug repellent.     Hiking Via Krupp on…