Our 5 best active tours in Italy

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of our activo programme we invite you to strap on your hiking shoes and join us for some of our favourite trekking tours in this boot-shaped land.

Italy’s jaw-dropping nature and welcoming culture renders it the perfect destination for active travel.

With slow tourism – visiting areas on foot or by bike – not only is the means of travel sustainable, but those endeavouring these exciting types of experiences benefit both mentally and physically from taking the time and energy to truly immerse themselves in the beauty of another area.  

We have been offering active tours for ten years and continue to be blown away by the array of opportunities Italy has to offer.

THE SPECTACULAR LIGURIAN COAST

Bijou coastal villages and impressive islands

Why we love this tour: A colourful, captivating tour encircled in sea views  

What you do:

  • Hike around Palmaria Island & take a boat ride back to Portovenere
  • Trekking tour along the Ligurian Coast with magnificient views on the Gulf of Poets, through the Montemarcello Nature Park to the picturesque town of  Lerici
  • The fabulous Cinque Terre – enjoy Liguria’s spectacular coastline and the lovely fishing villages of Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso

STUNNING SICILY

Epic history and exquisite natural beauty

Why we love this tour: From beaches to gorges, volcanoes, ruins and reserves – this tour has it all

What you do:

  • Walk in the footsteps of the Godfather to the small town of Savoca, then relax at the Giardino Naxos beach
  • Wade in the gorgeous Alcantara Valley
  • Hike the Pantalica Nature Reserve to discover the UNESCO protected necropolis; see Syracuse, the place Cicero described as the “greatest Greek City”
  • Experience hiking on the volcanic northern slopes of Mount Etna
  • Hike from Castelmola to Mount Venere & Taormina

HIKE & WINE IN TUSCANY

A different way to experience wine

Why we love this tour: Roam the rolling hills, dreamy, gilded and green; punctuated by vineyards ushering you in for tastings

What you do:

  • Visit the Renaissance jewel, Pienza, before the medieval gem, San Quirico; stop in the golden Orcia Valley for a wine tasting
  • Walk from Chianciano to Montepulciano through the graceful “Vino Nobile” hills; enjoy a tasting of Montepulciano wine
  • Hike “Under the Tuscan Sun” to Cortona for a Cortona DOC wine tasting; on to Le Celle Hermitage
  • See the Sant’Animo Abbey, the most beautiful Romanesque church in the region, before starting your walking tour though the vineyards and olive groves overlooking the postcard perfect Orcia Valley; relish the Brunello wine tasting in Montalcino

UMBRIA, ALLURING AND AUTHENTIC

Take the road less travelled to experience nature and serenity

Why we love this tour: Balanced blend of nature, culture, history & spirituality

What you do:

  • Hike the hills around the medieval town of Perugia
  • Walk in the footsteps of Saint Francis to see Assisi & the Carceri Hermitage
  • Trek around Lake Trasimeno and take a boat trip to the Maggiore Island to visit a pig farm
  • Trekking in the Monte Cucco Nature Park, Truffle hunt with a guide and trained dogs &  visit Gubbio to enjoy amazing views from Piazza Grande, the town’s beautiful central square
  • Walk along an ancient Roman aqueduct connecting the Collepino hamlet to the walled town of Spello

APULIA: HIKE IN THE BLU DIPINTO DI BLU

Fall head over the Boot Heel’s beauty

Why we love this tour: Our hiking boots were made for walking… and in what better place than Apulia?

What you do:

  • Sink your toes into the sands of the Protected Marina Area of Torre Guaceto as you walk to the “White City,” Ostuni
  • Visit Matera, the UNESCO recognized European Cultural Capital for 2019; hike down its Gravina Gorge, where Paleolithic cave dwellings were carved into the rock
  • Walk from the Grotte di Castellana through ancient olive groves to the charming little abodes in Alberobello, known for their conic roofs
  • Wander the narrow streets of golden sandstone in Lecce
  • Do the coastal walk to Italy’s easternmost point, Punta Palascia
  • Hike the Porto Selvaggio Regional Park and visit Gallipoli’s old town
Experience Italy’s most beautiful regions off the beaten track with us and really get to know the country and its people whilst enjoying an active holiday.
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