10 Best Adventures in Italy

By: Michelle Arean

Michelle Marie Arean is an experienced writer who has written for Glamour and Latina magazines, World City Business and South Florida Parenting. Her most recent role as managing editor for a B2B travel publication, had her traveling around the world while covering new developments in the tourism industry. Michelle's website Bella Vida Styles covers beauty, book reviews, fashion, travel, wellness, and work-related stories.

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October 2, 2023 | Adventure Experts

Ready to explore beyond the usual touristy sites? Want to venture through Italy beyond the monuments, cathedrals, artistic architectures, and colosseums? Then, MT Sobek has the answer. These hiking tours not only showcase the best the country has to offer, but also immerse you in the local culture while dining on delicious fare and sipping local wines after trekking through the vineyards.

Strap on your hiking boots and adventure through Italy’s rugged landscapes, captivating towns, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and charming villages all while taking in scenic mountainous views, glaciers, and verdant valleys on any of these best adventures in Italy.

1. Italy Best of the Dolomites Hiking Tour

Take in the majestic pinnacles of the Dolomites as you take on these scenic hiking trails. While exploring this fairytale landscape, you’ll come to meet mountain goats and storybook villages while traveling through must-see sites such as the towns of Alta Badia in South Tyrol and Crotina in Veneto region, plus take in the famous peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Marmolada. You’ll be rewarded at the end of your hikes with delectable local cuisine.

Couple hiking a trail leading to Italy's Dolomites in Europe

European travelers hiking with trekking poles on a trail that leads to the great Dolomiti Mountains in Italy, Europe

Beautiful nature scenery of craggy terrain and trail of Dolomiti Mountains in Italy, Europe

Woman hiker in hiking gear enjoying a cup of tea as she gazes at the Dolomiti Mountains in front of her in Italy, Europe

Why we love this trip:

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Dolomites
  • Take in the famous peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Marmolada
  • Hike Alba di Canazei and be wowed by impressive views of Marmolada’s peaks: Piccolo Vernel, Gran Vernel, Penia, and Ombretta
  • Explore the three cultures, languages, and valleys of Trentino, Alta Badia and Veneto and one of the most popular Italian peaks— Tre Cime—at sunrise
  • Explore Cinque Torri and learn about the surrounding mountain valleys as WWI battlefields, as well as its tunnels and bunkers

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2. Italy Sorrento Peninsula & Amalfi Coast Hiking Tour

While exploring the Sorrento region and the Almalfi coast, you’ll get to enjoy the views from the top of Mount Faito with Vesuvius in the distance. You will also get to explore Capri and the archeological site of Paestum, an ancient Greek town. If you want to further your explorations of the region, an extension to Pompeii can be added to this 9-day journey.

Hiker looking out over the sorrento peninsula and amalfi coast

Pot of red flowers adorning stone wall in hiking trail called the Path of the Gods heading to Positano, Italy, Europe

Big and small fishing boats floating on the Sorrento Peninsula facing the Amalfi Coast in Italy, Europe

Why we love this trip:

  • Savor Neapolitan pizza in the city it originates from
  • Explore the wondrous island of Capri and the archeological site of Paestum, an ancient Greek town and the the little village of Nerano
  • Hike the Amalfi Coast’s otherwordly Path of the Gods and Path of Lemons, plus the magnificent Bay of Leranto on the farthest point of the Sorrentine peninsula
  • Visit the region’s iconic highlights, including the ancient coastal cliff towns of Amalfi, Ravello, Sorrento and Positano and a local farm in Paestum to taste the famous buffalo mozzarella and yogurt, as well as the seaside town of Vico Equense
  • Take a scenic drive to Ravello, a charming town on the slopes of Mount Lattari

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3. Italy Tuscany & Cinque Terre Walking Tour

This journey takes you from Chianti to the Italian Riviera and historic Siena as you follow the scenic trails through the Tuscan vineyards and enjoy tastings of Chianti wines along the way. Next, you’ll explore the medieval Siena and San Gimignano then it’s off to Liguaria’s coast to hike along the cliff-side paths connecting to Cinque Terre’s seaside towns.

Enjoy a scenic walking adventure in San Gimignano in Cinque Terre, Italy, Europe

Walking a beautiful trail in Cinque Terre with view of green trees and vineyards in Italy, Europe

Group of hikers on a guided walking tour through Italy's scenic Cinque Terre in Europe

Beautiful aerial view of seaside villages in harbor of Tuscany in Italy, Europe

Why we love this trip:

  • Sample fine Chianti wines in Greve, the wine capital plus wander through hilltop towns and follow coastal trails in the Cinque Terre
  • Experience the walled city of Monteriggioni, known as “Gateway to the Middle Ages” through Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni
  • Tour the fortified medieval estate of San Polo in Rosso, where a refreshing picnic lunch awaits
  • Stop at the 15th-century home of a local Tuscan family where you’ll sample olive oils and savor a delicious country dinner
  • Soak up the city of Siena and go on a special guided tour of its historical wonders, including UNESCO-listed Piazza del Campo and the Duomo

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4. Italy & Switzerland Heart of Gran Paradiso Hiking Tour

Traverse the Graian Alps, which make up Gran Paradiso National Park, as you cross between Italy and France. Gran Paradiso National Park was established in the 19th century to protect the ibex and is also home to Italy’s only peak above 13,000 ft.

Spotting scenic nature scenes in hiking trails near Graian Alps in Italy, Europe

Group of experienced hikers on a challenging trek in Graian Alps in Italy, Europe

Group of guided hikers on trek through heart of Gran Paradiso with days in both Switzerland and Italy on a popular MT Sobek hiking adventure

Why we love this trip:

  • Explore stunning alpine trails through Italy’s first national park—Gran Paradiso Natural Park
  • Visit the Valle d’Aosta region
  • Climb to the Croix de L’Arolley, above a captivating waterfall
  • Take a gondola ride in Pila and a chairlift in Chamole
  • Explore the postcard like views of Lac de Loie 

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5. Alps Tour du Mont Blanc Hiking Tour

Mont Blanc is Europe’s highest and most iconic peak and a must-do for avid hikers. This trip kicks off in the alpine village of Les Houches where you’ll hike the full circumference around Mont Blanc as you take in the glaciers, mountain lakes, and meadows. On this journey, travelers will be immersed in three different cultures and cuisines while experiencing the alpine hospitality the region is known for.

Group of hikers on an epic bucket-list classic multicountry loop on a hiking adventure in the Mont Blanc mountains in Europe

The white snowy topped domed shape summit of Mont Blanc is the highest peak on the right side

Couple in hiking gear trekking the Mont Blanc in nice alpine weather in Europe

Alpine village offering warm hospitality to travelers in Italy, Europe, near the Mont Blanc mountains

Why we love this trip:

  • Hike the full 99 miles around Mont Blanc and experience the cultures of France, Italy, and Switzerland
  • Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of glaciers, forests, meadows, and endless peaks
  • Explore the charming mountain-ringed resort town of Chamonix, France and the villages of Bourg-Saint-Maurice and La Fouly
  • Hike past the spectacular “Glacier de Pre-de-Bar” and take in Mont Dolent above—the meeting point of the borders of France, Italy, and Switzerland. 
  • Cross the Grand Col Ferret to enter Switzerland

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6. Alpe Adria Hiking Tour

Discover the 470-mile trail system of Alpe Adria through the wilderness from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea as you experience the rich cultures and local cuisines of three countries. Travelers will also get to visit landmarks such as the Garnet Gate and mountain Sanctuary Monte Lussari. The trip ends in Trieste, which has been at the crossroads of Latin, Slavic, and German cultures for over 2,000 years.

A couple hiking famous Alpe Adria, a 470-mile trail that travels to the Alps to the Adriatic Sea in Europe

Hikers enjoying photo worthy views of Hohe Taurern National Park in Europe

Why we love this trip:

  • Explore the 470-mile trail system from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea
  • Immerse yourself in the landscapes, rich cultures, and local cuisines of three different countries—Austria, Italy, and Slovenia
  • Visit landmarks such as the Garnet Gate, the Soca River, and mountaintop Sanctuary Monte Lussari
  • Travel through Austria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and where Mozart was born
  • Savor a typical Austrian lunch plus local dishes including lamb and beef from local farmers, and gelato, too and unwind at a vineyard while enjoying local cheeses, fresh-cut prosciutto and a glass of local red wine

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7. Alps Tour de Monte Rosa Trekking Tour

Monte Rosa, known as the “Pink Mountain,” is the second highest peak in Western Europe and the Alps standing at 15,203 ft. This hike begins in the village of Saas-Fee as you explore the alpine peaks, see the cascading glaciers and ancient hamlets before reaching the end in Zermatt, at the foot of Mattterhorn. Travelers will also get to explore the Walser culture and its traditions while traveling across Monte Rosa.

Hikers on a guided trek to Monte Rosa mountains in the Alps region near Italy in Europe

Mountain cows are a sight to behold during your hiking adventure in the Monte Rosa Alps in Europe

Enjoy warm alpine hospitality and quality amenities at local lodges near Monte Rosa in the Alps region in Europe

Why we love this trip:

  • Explore the alpine resort town of Saas-Almagell near Saas-Fee and take in the peaks of Dom, Allalinhorn, Alpubel, and their glaciers
  • Immerse yourself in the car-free town of Zermatt 
  • Learn about Walser culture and traditions
  • Enjoy a picnic with a backdrop of three magnificent peaks—the Mont Blanc, the Grand Combin, and the Dent d’Hèren
  • Explore Valtournenche, one of the most popular resorts in the Val d’Aosta region

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8. Relaxing Walks in Lake Garda

Lake Garda is the ideal escape for those looking to recharge and disconnect. This area’s scenic paths are perfect for a relaxing hike at your own pace. The circular route links Busatte to Tempesta along the eastern coast of Garda Trentino for a leisurely 3-hour hike through Busatte Adventure Park.

Enjoy a hiking adventure to Lake Garda,  home to UNESCO World Heritage and archaeological sites, in Italy, Europe

Why we love this trip:

  • Hike through Busatte Adventure Park featuring a panoramic trail that runs along the slopes of Monte Baldo offering views of Lake Garda
  • Explore Tempesta
  • Take on the almost 400 steps of the iron staircase
  • Walk through Sentiero del Ponale, which connects Riva del Garda with the Ledro Valley
  • Stroll this relaxing route that can be done in 3 hours

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9. Trekking through Brescia

Brescia is teaming with outdoor activities and captivating landscapes as travelers can hike or bike through the trails and paths, as well as visit a UNESCO World Heritage and archaeological site. The areas three lakes—Lake Garda, Lake Idro, and Lake Iseo each offer a unique experience, while the town of Franciacorta features vineyards of rolling hills. History abounds here as the Roman Brescia Archaeological Park, a UNESCO Heritage site, is one of the best preserved sites in Italy.

Enjoy a UNESCO World Heritage and archaeological site tour in Brescia that includes Castello de Brescia, an age-old castle in Europe

Why we love this trip:

  • Experience Brescia, which was selected as an Italian Capital of Culture
  • Explore the National Park of Rock Engravings (petroglyphs), located in Capo di Ponte, in Val Camonica
  • Hike through Parco delle Fucine and Ferrate di Casto
  • Visit a 1930s industrial site with six forges, a mill and a smelting furnace
  • Check out Bosco degli Gnomi (the forest of gnomes) and meet wolves, bears, foxes, hares, and gnomes, too

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10. Croatia, Slovenia & Italy Village to Village Walking Tour

This tour is a foodie’s dream as time on the trails is rewarded with culinary delights as travelers trace Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, Slovennia’s Julian Alps, and Italy’s Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region. Guests will also immerse themselves in the culture of this trio of countries as they discover its rich history, national parks, and captivating hikes.

Man looking down at his seafood plate happily in Croatia

Woman going sight-seeing in a busy town in Croatia during a multi-country walking guided tour

Aerial view of beautiful landscape of Istria, Croatia, which you get to see on MT Sobek's popular Multi-Country hiking adventure in Europe

Why we love this trip:

  • Go wine tasting and learn how to hunt truffles
  • Sample olive oil with the locals in their home plus taste regional Mediterranean fare including lunch at a traditional Istrian “Konoba”
  • Visit cobblestone medieval towns and villages including the picturesque Rovinj and Motovun
  • Explore the Brijuni Islands, which collectively the 14 islands are a Croatian National Park
  • Stroll through the coastal town of Porec and check out the UNESCO-listed Euphrasian Basilica

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Explore the best of Italy with MT Sobek!

As you can see there is a lot more to Italy than dining on delicious Italian fare and visiting historic monuments. MT Sobek takes travelers on adventures that have you exploring, experiencing nature, and immersing yourself in the local culture while being outdoors enjoying the fresh air. To see more of what MT Sobek has to offer, request a free catalog.

Group guided tour in the Dolomiti region in Europe

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