How tough are they?
We have categorised our walking vacations on Responsible Travel just to make your search a little easier. On most walking vacations in Italy, a basic level of fitness is required but there are many different options available.
If you are just stepping out for the first time, you will want anintroductory walking vacation, such as River Po valley in Bergamo, where you can escape into luscious hill walking along the ancient trade tracks of the Via Mercatorum, starting just 10 minutes from the airport. If you have pushed yourself up a few hills of a Sunday, then a moderate walking vacation will push you just a bit more, with 5-8 hours walking per day, and some days stretching those calves more than others, but leaving you a bit of rest in between, so you can take in the sights. Such as taking on a section of the Tour de Mont Blanc, or climbing some of Sardinia’s Gennargentu Range, dipping down into gorges with river pools to cool off in.
If you are a well-seasoned walker then take a look at our strenuous walking vacations, such as taking on the Mont Blanc circuit in a week rather than the usual two weeks or climbing Sicily’s volcanoes, the most famous of which is Mount Etna. Even tougher, and falling into our challenging trekking vacations is the Via Ferrata or 'Iron Way' in Italian, which refers to a system of cables that cling to the side of the Dolomite Mountains, enabling you to summit the domain of serious climbers.