Discover with us 21 outdoor activities in Italy: from the Brenta Dolomites to Vieste, the island of Ponza or Mount Etna, Ravello and Bobbio.

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Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, thanks to its history and culture, its many museums and monuments, but also thanks to the breathtaking landscapes that vary from region to region. With the arrival of warm weather comes the desire to be in contact with nature and experience outdoor adventures, to enjoy the warmth and scents that the beautiful country offers. Every place in Italy offers new and unique points of view. Here we recommend 21 open-air experiences to enjoy in Italy: wherever you are or whatever your preference, you will find what's right for you!

Outdoor activities in Italy: discover the most enchanting destinations

Outdoor activities in Italy: discover the most enchanting destinations

Would you like to enjoy fantastic outdoor activities in Italy to detox from the stress of everyday life? Each region of our Country is a treasure chest of treasures and alluring proposals to satisfy your needs, tastes, and yearnings for exploration. You could discover cycle routes that wind through marvelous natural scenery, enthralling trekking and walking routes, and adrenalin-pumping rafting and canyoning experiences along crystal-clear rivers.

Whether you are a sportsman or prefer to relax with a walk or a leisurely trip to discover the gems that dot every corner of the boot, you will be fascinated by the incredible variety of landscapes and activities you can undertake. As you continue reading the article, you will find the perfect one with Visit Italy's advice.

21. Outdoor activities in Italy: Gran Paradiso and Valnontey, Aosta Valley

Outdoor activities in Italy: Gran Paradiso and Valnontey, Aosta Valley

The Aosta Valley enchants travelers with its picturesque landscapes and lovely trekking opportunities that rank among the best outdoor activities in Italy. Setting out from the wild valley of Valnontey, a hamlet of Cogne, you can follow an itinerary through marvelous postcard views, dominated by famous peaks, including the Roccia Viva and the Apostles, surrounded by majestic glaciers. Following the railroad and crossing the stream of the same name, you will reach Valmianaz and the Money cottages amidst ancient thick forests of fir, birch, and larch, populated by the typical fauna of alpine environments, such as squirrels, chamois, ibexes, foxes, and bearded vultures.

Reaching the Erfaulet springs, you can see the magnificent Gran Paradiso mountain range. The route is easily reached by taking the exit for Saint Pierre and following the route that runs alongside the Sant'Orso Meadow. Close to Cogne, a vast network of trails branches off, such as the Prato Magno trail, the trail leading to the Lillaz waterfalls, one of the area's marvelous natural attractions, and the Nature Trail, from which you can see Montseuc and the beauty of the valleys below.

Heading towards the Gran Paradiso park, you will have at your disposal an extended network of itineraries and royal mule tracks, which intersect in fairy-tale landscapes, covering an area of 500 km through five valleys, such as Val Soana, Valle di Cogne, Valle Orco, Valle di Rhêmes, and Valsavarenche. It is the perfect location for relaxing walks in contact with wild nature and adventurous trekkings. Some of the most popular excursions include the one to the Sanctuary of San Besso in the fairy-tale Soana Valley, the one to the Forzo Valley, the Hunting House of Orvieille, near the picturesque mountain village of Vers Le Bois, the ring around Lake Ceresole, the Piantonetto valley, the one to Lake Teleccio and the Nivolet plateau.

Another alluring excursion allows us to explore  Arpy Lake, near Morgex and Colle San Carlo. It is a basin of glacial derivation, not far from La Thuile and Courmayeur, with crystal-clear waters and shades varying from blue to emerald green.

20. Balcone Route, Valsusa and Toce waterfalls, Piedmont

The Toce waterfall, with its remarkable height of 143 meters, is one of the most majestic natural spectacles in the Alps. It has been a popular destination since the early 20th century and it has also been visited by illustrious personalities, including D'Annunzio, Queen Margherita, and Wagner. The waterfall's extraordinary flow rate can only be observed at certain times of the year as it is part of a network of canals and dams. You can relax while contemplating the power of nature or dedicate yourself to numerous trekking routes, including the one that leads from the waterfall to Lake Vannino, a naturalistic jewel surrounded by mountains. Among the many treasures, we recommend you also explore Formazza to deepen your knowledge of the settlements of the Walser culture, an ancient Alemannic population.

To cleanse yourself of the stress of city life, regain your slowness, and reconnect with the natural systems, the Susa Valley is an attractive destination for trekking and enjoying splendid excursions. You can take a walk to the Sacra di San Michele from the village of Sant'Ambrogio to admire a landscape of lush forests. Other alluring trails are those connecting Mattie and the Balmetta Alpeggio, the stretch from Rivera Almese to Caselette at the foothills of Mount Musinè, and the ancient Strada Reale from Venaus to Moncenisio among secular abbeys and medieval inns. For the brave ones, we mention the Orridi path, which connects the Foresto and Chianocco gorges and ventures along the Iron Path.

Remaining in the Susa Valley, another very evocative trekking route is the so-called Balcony Path, consisting of 10 stages among mule tracks and ancient paths. The redevelopment project of the route required extensive work over the years. The route, which covers 250 km, is suitable for hikers who have prepared themselves with adequate training to tackle long distances and it goes through picturesque alpine villages in a landscape dominated by wilderness. Given the considerable length of the route, you can cover it in its entirety or dedicate yourself to a few stages. The most enchanting places along the trail are Susa, Bardonecchia, Sauze d'Oulx, Salbertrand, Exilles, Thures, Rhuilles de Chabaud in Val Thuras, and the wood of the Salbertrand Park.

19. Oglio river cycle path and Carlo Magno's Route, Lombardy

Oglio river cycle path and Carlo Magno's Route, Lombardy

The Oglio Cycle Route is 280 km long and connects the Tonale Pass and San Matteo di Chiaviche, crossing the provinces of Bergamo, Cremona, Mantua, and Brescia. Traveling along it, you can contemplate landscapes of rare beauty and historical, cultural, and gastronomic importance, including those of Valcamonica, Franciacorta, the Torbiere Reserve, the Oglio parks, and Lake Iseo. Among the main stages, we point out Ponte di Legno, Vezza d'Oglio, Capo di Monte, from which the Pista Ciclabile Camuna (Camuna cycle track) branches off, Sarnico, the Vello Toline route, dotted with villages and Mediterranean landscapes, and the Torbiere di Iseo reserve.

Charlemagne's Way is an ancient 100 km route consisting of five stages, that accompanies the traveller among the enchanting natural treasures of the province of Brescia. It develops among the paths and ancient mule tracks of the picturesque Camonica Valley. It recalls an evocative legend concerning the transit of the sovereign through the valley, who, after leaving Pavia and crossing these splendid territories, headed for the Tonale Pass and Verona. By choosing to embark on this captivating tour, you will immerse yourself in the ancient art and history of these marvelous places.

You will be mesmerized by the incredible rock engravings of prehistoric origin, the numerous villages and castles, and the archaeological remains of Civitas Camunnorum, an ancient Roma city. The route, starting from Lovere, a gem on the shores of the poetic Lake Iseo, leads to Ponte di Legno, near the Tonale Pass. Some of the destinations reached are Corti, Volpino, Castelfranco di Rogno, Bessimo, Capo di Lago, Gorzone, Forra del Dezzo, Montecchio, Bienno, Breno, Grevo, Edolo and Cedegolo.

For a relaxing trip to the lake, we suggest the enchanting Sirmione, a beautiful lake resort you can easily reach from Milan.

18. Outdoor activities in Italy: Cinque Terre, Liguria

 Outdoor activities in Italy: Cinque Terre, Liguria

Cinque Terre are a magical place out of time. Set between the sea and the mountains, these five unmissable seaside villages in the Ligurian region welcome millions of visitors every year. In the province of La Spezia, along a 10-km stretch, are: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, which with their National Park have been part of the Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1977.

If you want to spend a short holiday in Cinque Terre, take Manarola as a reference point. It will be very easy to arrive by car and leave it at the car park outside the village walls, find a small flat to rent and from there continue on foot, by boat or by train to the other towns in the following days.

For a train ride, there is the '5 Terre Express', a ticket you can buy online or at the station that allows you to take several trains in one day and visit all the stages of this wonderful Unesco site. By sea, on the other hand, there is a ferry with an unlimited ticket for 1 day at a cost of 30 euro. Whichever way you decide to reach Cinque Terre, after a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear water, continue along the Sentiero Azzurro: 12 km of trekking from Monterosso to Riomaggiore that crosses all the villages passing through the natural park we have just told you about, one of the best hiking trails to discover!

Local tip: there are two other towns that vie for the title of 'sixth of the Cinque Terre' and are worth a visit. We are talking about Porto Venere - a small jewel located on a strip of land in the Golfo dei Poeti, overhanging the sea - and Framura - an ancient seafaring village that today is home to long sandy beaches and can be reached by continuing two train stops from the Monterosso al Mare stop. Taking advantage of the ticket offered by Visit Italy, you could undertake an exciting kayak tour to enjoy the beauty of the Cinque Terre's coastal landscapes and snorkel in the enchanting bay of Portetto.

17. Brenta Dolomites, Trentino-Alto Adige

Dolomites 10 outdoor activities in Italy

We are still talking about trekking, but we are moving to high altitudes: the Madonna di Campiglio Dolomites offer incredible opportunities for trekking and outdoor activities. Here are some suggestions on where to go and what to do.

If you don't quite know where to start, begin your adventure by visiting the impressive Vallesinella waterfalls. This beautiful area is easily accessible from Madonna di Campiglio and offers a network of well-marked trails. Enjoy the breathtaking views and refreshing atmosphere as you walk through the greenery.

On the other hand, let's talk about the wonderful Brenta Dolomites: located near Madonna di Campiglio and renowned for their majestic peaks. We recommend ascending by cable car or on foot to Rifugio Graffer, and from there continue exploring the surrounding trails or attempt a summit climb with a guide. The Spinale Ring, for example, is a popular trekking route offering breathtaking views of the Dolomites and the Adamello-Presanella group. The trail starts in Madonna di Campiglio and crosses alpine meadows, forests and high mountain passes with moderate hikes lasting just a few hours. Our favourite is the route to Rifugio Alimonta, passing through Rifugio Brentei or Rifugio Tuckett and Sella. Don't forget to stock up on pasta with tomato sauce and radler - the drink you get from mixing beer and lemonade - you need energy for the climb!

Local tip: for those looking for a more adventurous experience, we recommend trying a Via Ferrata, protected climbing routes equipped with steel cables, ladders and bridges, which allow you to explore the Dolomites in safety. In Madonna di Campiglio you will find plenty of mountain guides ready to lead the way in this adventure!

16. Giant Cave and Grado Lagoon, Friuli Venezia Giulia

The Val Mastellone is rich in wooded plateaus, charming hamlets, and perfect hiking trails. A popular route is the path from Santa Maria di Fobello to the poetic Lake Baranca through a centuries-old mule track. Another option to consider is the hike from the hamlet of San Gottardo di Rimella to the so-called Bocchetta di Campello, which towers above Monte Rosa. As you venture along the trail between the hamlets of Otro Valley, you will contemplate the typical villages and architecture of the Walser people.

Would you like to embark on an exciting Jules Verne-style tour of the depths of the Earth? If you go to the Karst plateau, you can visit the Giant Cave, which houses an enormous hall in a unique natural environment, to the point of being included in the Guinness Book of Records in the 1990s. During the visit, which doesn't require special caving skills, an expert tourist guide will support you.

Treat yourself to an enthralling boat trip in the marvelous landscape and natural setting of the Grado Lagoon, characterized by bright polychrome hues, whose extension reaches the areas from Fossalon di Grado to the island of Anfora. You will appreciate locations steeped in history, archaeological finds, and traditional thatched huts. The Val Rosandra reserve is located in San Dorligo della Valle, at the boundary between Italy and Slovenia. Do you love adventure and speleology? This protected area is worth a visit. It preserves a remarkable variety of flora and fauna, a network of caves, and ancient archaeological sites.

15. Erzellini Path, Big Trees Trail and Fimon Lake

Are you passionate about cycling? Would you like to explore picturesque destinations rich in history, artistic masterpieces, and ancient traditions? You could embark on an exciting tour in Venetoalong the Ezzellini Path, one of the many adventures in Italy. It's an enthralling cycle and pedestrian route that winds for over 40 km from the foothills of the Grappa to Resana, near Castelfranco Veneto, the birthplace of Giorgione and one of the gems of this fascinating region. The itinerary, which is made up of two sections, is lapped by the Astego, Musonello, and Muson dei Sassi streams: the first runs from Resana and follows the course of the Muson stream, passing through the municipalities of Castelfranco Veneto, Riese Pio X, Camposampiero, Loria, the castle of Godego and Asolo, reaching the ancient mallet of Pagnano d'Asolo. Taking a break in Camposampiero, you could take the opportunity to admire its treasures, including the splendid 16th-century frescoes of the Paduan school and the characteristic medieval tower.

The second route, which derives from the main one, branches off near the Scremin bridge, passes Onè di Fonte, Fonte Alto, and develops along the Lastego torrent, which flows into the valley of the mills and continues to Paderno del Grappa. It is a marvelous tour, ideal for biking enthusiasts and people who prefer peaceful walks.

Another very evocative itinerary that we recommend you take is the Big Trees Trail, a route that winds along the Montagnole plateau in the magnificent setting of Recoaro Mille in the province of Vicenza. The trail can be divided into two parts, forming a ring-shaped itinerary: you can follow it from Recoaro Mille or Casare Asnicar. You can enjoy a unique experience following an itinerary that alternates between paths and adrenaline-pumping dirt roads at the foot of the Little Dolomites, characterized by steep slopes. During the tour, you can admire centuries-old monumental trees, and you will be able to immerse yourself in the typical atmosphere of mountain resorts amidst corners of unspoiled nature, such as the small Creme lake and mountain huts that evoke the charm of ancient times..

Near Vicenza, we find Fimon Lake, a charming pearl set in the Berici Hills. The route, which crosses an area of considerable archaeological value due to Bronze Age and Neolithic finds, connects Padua and Vicenza and offers the opportunity to choose the itinerary that best suits you from four cycle routes. The first route arrives at Castello di San Martino della Vaneza, near Cervarese Santa Croce. The second section, which is about 7 kilometres long, is known as the Greetings Cycle Route and arrives at Ghizzolle, joining the broader circuit, which branches off from Innsbruck to Vicenza, emphasising the importance of a slow approach to travel and the integration of different cultures. The third offshoot is the Cammino Fogazzaro Roi, which winds through the rural landscape of Montegalda. The fourth leg is the 37-kilometre-long Riviera Berica cycle route, which connects Vicenza and Pojana Maggiore. You can admire the imposing castles of Montegalda, Cervarese, and Montegaldella and the sumptuous Palladian villa Almerico Capra.

14. Via Francigena, Emilia-Romagna side

Via Francigena 20 outdoor activities in Italy

Via Francigena is an ancient pilgrimage route stretching from Canterbury (UK) to Rome. During the Middle Ages it was one of the main pilgrimage routes to the tombs of St Peter and St Paul from northern Europe; the route was first described by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the 10th century and became an important cultural and religious route. 1,900 kilometres between England, France, Switzerland and Italy immersed in countryside, cities and cultural sites. Today, this open-air journey is a wonderful opportunity to get in touch with nature, meet other travellers and explore Europe's rich heritage.

The route along Via Francigena in the Emilia Romagna part of Italy is well signposted as the 'Via degli Abati' and offers a unique opportunity to explore the historical and cultural sites of the region, on foot and by bicycle for the more adventurous, or by train and car if you simply want to spend some time in the open air without too much effort.

If you are doing the walking route along the Via Francigena/ Via degli Abati, Bobbio will be one of the stops along the way. We have already told you here about this beautiful town, elected Italy's most beautiful village in 2020. Bobbio is an important stop along the route and offers shelters and facilities for pilgrims along the way. Another splendid route is the Gods Path, which runs from Bologna to Florence.

Local tip: every year between the end of July and the first days of August, Bobbio hosts the 'Bobbio Film Festival', thanks to the 'Fare Cinema' Foundation chaired by none other than the award-winning director Marco Bellocchio. Travelling along the Via Francigena and stopping in Emilia-Romagna during those very days is a more unique than rare opportunity to get to know the local culture and customs, while enjoying an event that hosts artists from all over Italy.

13. Toscana on the road

Toscana on the road 20 outdoor activities in Italy

Tuscany is an Italian region rich in history, art and breathtaking landscapes. If you are planning an outdoor adventure, there is nothing better than an 'on the road' trip: remember to enjoy the views, savour the local cuisine and soak up the unique atmosphere of the Tuscan vineyards that you will find along your route.

- Florence: the capital of Tuscany is a must-see. Here is a complete tour of what to do and visit in Florence.

- Siena: a medieval city famous for its main square - Piazza del Campo - and its imposing Cathedral. Explore the winding streets and admire the city's Gothic architecture. Summer is the right time to watch the Palio di Siena.

- San Gimignano: unique atmosphere for this hidden gem in the heart of Tuscany.

- Pisa: famous for its Leaning Tower, an excellent city for a relaxing half-day trip.

- Lucca: with its imposing walls offering a panoramic view of the city.

- Val d'Orcia: hilly landscapes, fields of wheat and cypresses. Once there, visit Montalcino, Montepulciano and Pienza, tasting their wines.

- Chianti: vineyards and fine wines. Take a diversion through the countryside and visit wine cellars for wine tastings.

Local tip: visit the Antinori Winery in the Chianti Classico region for food, wine and cultural experiences. Voted 'Best Winery in the World' in 2022, thanks to its low environmental impact and energy-saving architecture, it is a fascinating and unusual place, invisible from the outside but distinguished by the scenic spiral staircase that connects the structure's 3 floors.

Undertake the Cammino di San Jacopo from Florence to Livorno to continue towards Santiago de Compostela or Rome, among landscapes and villages rich in art, nature and history.

12. Roma and Ponza, Lazio

Ponza 20 outdoor activities in Italy

Unforgettable holidays in Rome and its surrounding islands. Rome is a city rich in history, culture and delicious food, while the nearby islands offer breathtaking scenery and a relaxing escape.

Spend a few days exploring the wonders of Rome. Visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Admire the works of art in the Vatican Museums and take a stroll through the charming Trastevere district. Don't forget to try Roman cuisine, including red pizza, good pasta cacio e pepe and homemade ice cream. Find 5 special Roman neighbourhoods not to be missed here. If you are instead looking for a quiet island, the island of Ponza is the ideal choice. A beautiful destination located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the coast of Lazio: crystal-clear waters and spectacular cliffs, great for snorkelling in sea caves and sunbathing on more secluded beaches than usual. Ferries to Ponza leave from Formia and Anzio (or Naples). Formia is 130 km south of Rome, while Anzio is about 50 km from Rome. Both cities are easily accessible by train or car from Rome.

Ponza is famous for its beaches and coves: Chiaia di Luna, Frontone, Cala Feola and Cala Fonte, and the famous Faraglioni of Cala Feola. You can relax on the sand, swim in the crystal-clear waters and enjoy the sun, or admire the rocky landscapes up close from the boat. Here is the definitive guide to the queen of the Pontine islands.

Local tip: Ponza's sea caves are not to be missed. Explore the Grotta di Pilato and Grotta delle Barche with a boat and snorkel the surrounding waters just like a local.

11. Great Sibillini Ring, Furlo Gorge and Giant' s Cauldron, Marche region

Heading to the Marche region, we point out the Great Sibillini Ring, a 124 km ring itinerary perfect for trekking lovers. It consists of 9 sections and connects places rich in history, traditions, folklore, and legends, allowing the travellers to admire evocative villages, pastures, and lush forests. The network of tracks offers them the chance to discover and immerse themselves in the wilder side of the Sibillini Mountains and often unravel following ancient transhumance routes. While walking, you can admire precious botanical species. For people not used to venturing into long journeys, 18 nature trails are easy to follow, including Valfornace, Preci, Amandola, San Ginesio, Bolognola, Arquata del Tronto, and Fiastra. The main stops are Visso, Tribbio near Fiastra, Cupi, Rubbiano near Montefortino, Monastero near Cessapalombo, Campi, Colle near Montegallo, Colle Le Cese.

The Furlo Gorge is an impressive canyon carved by the impetuous force of the Candigliano River, which flows through it between Mount Paganuccio and Mount Petralata, along the ancient Via Flaminia. If you are driven by a passion for adventure and adrenaline-pumping experiences, you can indulge in various trekking trails. The Nature Reserve was established in 2001 to protect an unspoilt environment. The best way to explore this microcosm of incredible naturalistic value is to visit it on foot, thanks to the numerous itineraries available.

In the pretty hamlet of San Lazzaro, near Fossombrone in the province of Pesaro Urbino, you can visit the majestic Giant's kettle, a spectacular rock formation shaped by the erosive power of the Metauro River. They are set like pearls in a gorge with impressive sheer walls, which you can contemplate from the Saltelli bridge, not far from the Via Flaminia.

You can reach them by taking the SS 73 bis and choosing the Fossombrone Est exit and Via Parrocchiale San Venanzio. We suggest lovers of strong emotions and marvelous adrenalin-pumping adventures should undertake an engaging kayak tour. If you prefer relaxation, it's possible to relax at the splendid beach of Fiorenzuola di Focara, dominated by wild nature, between Marche and Romagna. Take the opportunity to visit the charming medieval village located within the San Bartolo Natural Park.

10. Nera River, Trasimeno lake and Lauretan Path, Umbria

Outdoor activities in Italy: Nera River, Trasimeno lake and Lauretan Path, Umbria

If you want to try an exciting experience in contact with the bursting nature, how about a rafting trip in a group or accompanied by your family along the course of the Nera River in the section upstream of the Marmore Falls? The Nera natural park and its tributaries are particularly suitable for practising this beautiful discipline at all levels of difficulty: the stretch between Arrone and Ferentillo, being very quiet, also allows children to try their hand at this sporting activity and experience a highly involving adventure.

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to discover the surrounding area and participate in a captivating tour among the medieval villages of the Valnerina, set in the lush Umbrian countryside and perched on rocky spurs. You could start by visiting Arrone, a picturesque fortified hamlet with medieval walls perched on a hill. Other jewels of the Valnerina are Assisi, Spoleto, Casteldilago, and Ferentillo, divided by the river into two distinct nuclei, Matterella and Precetto. Its cliffs make it one of the most popular destinations for climbing enthusiasts.

The Lauretana Path is an ancient Marian devotional pilgrimage route of medieval origin, frequented by pilgrims, linking Rome and Assisi to the famous Sanctuary of the Holy House of Loreto. The stretch from Assisi to Loreto, about 150 km long, is very evocative. It consists of seven stages scattered in an enchanting landscape, a real open-air museum. Some of the most fascinating destinations to visit in the Umbrian territory are Spello, from which it is possible to reach Mount Subasio, set in a mosaic of olive groves and woods, and Colfiorito marshland, a precious treasure chest of biodiversity. Among the masterpieces you can admire, we would like to point out the Church of Santa Maria di Plestia, located in Serravalle in Chienti and built in the proto-Romanesque style.

If you are looking for an original idea to organise adventurous and fun trekking, you could also choose the Trasimeno lake area, where a seven-stage hiking tour has been set up, with a length of around 150 km. Its paths extend along landscapes dotted with mule tracks, ridges, vineyards, olive groves, and ancient villages. Given the remarkable heterogeneity of the route, we mention some of the best stages, including Montarale - Greppolischieto, Città delle Piebe-Pobeto, Ferretto - Petrignano, Magione - Monte Ruffiano, Goga di Magione - Caligiana, Sanguineto - Monte Gualandro and Paciano-Pausillo.

9. Campo Imperatore and Gran Sasso d’Italia, Abruzzo

Abruzzo 20 outdoor activities in Italy

Inside Monti della Laga, in the Apennine mountain chain, we find Campo Imperatore and Gran Sasso: two spectacular places located in the mountains of Abruzzo, destinations for those who love trekking or camping, where you are sure to find other adventurers in love with the breathtaking landscapes before their eyes.

To visit Campo Imperatore and the Gran Sasso, you can reach the area by car following the road signs, or take a bus or train to the nearest towns - L'Aquila and Teramo - and then rent a car. Campo Imperatore is a vast mountainous plain surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Gran Sasso, green meadows and wild flowers with several hikes and trails of varying difficulty and length that you can follow to explore the area. Campo Imperatore is also home to the Astronomical Observatory, one of the most important in Italy. The Gran Sasso is the highest mountain in the Italian Apennines and offers numerous possibilities for hikers, mountaineers and climbers. It is part of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, a protected natural area of great beauty.

Local tip: arm yourself with a tent or rent a camper van. In the surrounding area there are several camping sites that you can use to spend an unforgettable night under the stars.

8. Positano – Amalfi – Ravello, Campania

Amalfi Coast 20 outdoor activities in Italy

Let's stay in Campania and this time let's talk about the Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO heritage site with crystal-clear sea. We have already told you about the Sentiero degli Dei, the hiking trail that connects the villages of Agerola and Nocelle, offering spectacular views of the coast and Positano, the pearl of the coast. Amalfi Coast is famous for its picturesque beaches: in Positano, you can sunbathe on the Spiaggia Grande or explore quieter beaches such as the Fornillo beach; once in Amalfi, you should not miss the Spiaggia del Duoglio, a magnificent place to dive in for a swim; Ravello, on the other hand, is situated on a hill about 365 metres above sea level, but from here you can reach the two beaches of Minori and Maiori, you will not regret it! In particular, Ravello is famous for its breathtaking gardens, such as those of Villa Cimbrone.

Explore the coast with a boat trip: you can rent a small boat or join an organised tour that will take you to sea caves, islets and hidden coves along the coast. If, on the other hand, you are reading this article because you are fond of hiking, we recommend a hike on Monte Cerreto, which is located near Ravello. It is more of a challenge than other hikes, but offers exceptional views of the Amalfi Coast.

Local tip: Atrani, a picturesque village near Amalfi, has a small but charming beach worth visiting. It is one of the quietest beaches in the area and offers an authentic atmosphere.

7. Borboni Cycle Route, Puglia and Campania

Ciclovia Borboni 20 outdoor activities in Italy

If you are a cycling enthusiast, the Ciclovia dei Borboni - from Bari to Naples - will take you through fascinating landscapes, historic towns and picturesque coastal locations. Remember to plan your trip according to your cycling ability; you can rent a bicycle in Bari or Naples, or you can bring your own. Before setting off, make sure you have adequate equipment (watch out for helmet and lock). Here is some information on how to get around and what to visit along the cycle route:

Start your journey in Bari, a fascinating city of rich history and lively atmosphere. Don't miss Bari's Old Town, with its fascinating maze of narrow streets, the Swabian Castle and the Basilica of San Nicola.

Continue along the coast to Trani, famous for its magnificent Cathedral of San Nicola Pellegrino sul Mare.

Continuing north, you will reach Barletta, a city with an imposing medieval presence. Here you can visit the Colossus of Barletta, a bronze statue dating back to the 13th century.

Stop in Margherita di Savoia, a seaside resort famous for its salt pans and thermal baths, where you can relax for a break.

Back on the road to San Severo, a town with a great artistic and architectural heritage, where you can visit the Church of San Francesco, the Cathedral of San Severo and the Castle of San Severo.

After crossing Campania, you will arrive in Benevento, a city with a millenary history and where you can admire the Arch of Trajan, the Roman Theatre, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and Benevento Castle.

Before arriving in Naples, make a diversion to visit the Reggia di Caserta, a magnificent royal palace that represents one of the masterpieces of Italian Baroque.

The Borboni Cycle Route ends in Naples, a vibrant city full of life and an excellent destination for this beautiful outdoor adventure.

Local tip: at the start and finish, enjoy a typical local coffee. In Bari, at the Antico Caffè Stoppani ask for a coffee on ice with almond milk (or coffee leccese), in Naples, on the other hand, once you arrive at your destination, stop for a break at the Gran Caffè Gambrinus, a coffee institution in the world. Benefit from an efficient bike rental service to discover Puglia's cycle route destinations with the ticket Visit Italy has in store for you.

6. Castel San Vincenzo, Carpinone waterfalls, Sant'Agapito e Pesche, Molise

Our tour through some of the many outdoor adventures in Italy leads us to Molise, a treasure trove of natural resources and unspoilt habitats. Among the many activities, we recommend the Castel San Vincenzo ring. It's an exciting trekking route highly coveted by lovers of mountain landscapes. The itinerary, about 11 km long, winds its way through natural scenery of rare beauty that contains masterpieces of considerable value, such as the thousand-year-old abbey of San Vincenzo al Volturno, dating back to the first century AD. Before embarking on the route, you can admire the spectacular Volturno waterfall near the start. Treat yourself to a relaxing moment by exploring the area around the lake of the same name, which will enchant you with the turquoise hues of its waters.

Another very mesmerizing proposal is trekking in the Mab Biosphere Reserve, which protects the endemisms, the environment, and the immense cultural value of the area. You can venture out on a 2 km trail among unique natural wonders. The route starts near Roccasicura, a picturesque village on a rocky ridge between the peaks of the Mainarde mountains, and takes about 3 hours. Along this fascinating route, you can look at the evocative Castel di Sangro sheep track and the foothills of Monte Pian di Lago.

Continuing the journey, in the vicinity of Isernia are the magnificent Carpinone waterfalls, a popular attraction for hikers and naturalists. Nearby, you could reach the picturesque village of the same name, over which the Caldera castle rises majestically. To fully immerse yourself in this oasis of wild nature, you could try water trekking, wearing a special suit to enter the riverbed that flows through a fascinating canyon.

Arriving in the province of Isernia, the village of Sant'Agapito, surrounded by a fortification of Longobard origin, stands on the foothills of the Apennine Matese mountain range. In addition to the masterpieces of the historic centre and handicrafts, we suggest an exciting excursion to the natural area of the Lorda torrent, an area rich in paths and nature trails of remarkable appeal, which lap up wild environments. Pesche, known as the village of Pesche, is another jewel of these lands and an unmissable stop to savour the charm of these places. It is characterised by whitewashed houses clinging to the slope of Monte San Marco and will enchant you with its magical atmosphere and magnetic beauty.

5. Campiso Hill, Garden of the Gods and Bagnoli Passage, Basilicata

We arrive in Basilicata, a region with a warm and hospitable character that will enchant you with its historical heritage and lush, unspoiled nature. If you are looking for some ideas to enjoy fantastic adventures in Italy, the circular route from Colle Impiso will pleasantly surprise you. On the border between Basilicata and Calabria, the imposing Pollino massif is a favorite destination for trekkers thanks to its dense beech forests and spectacular canyons. Among the many routes available, you can discover a remarkable variety of forested environments, plateaus, and slopes and admire the Orsomarso mountain range and the Castrovillari plain. The main stops include Rotonda, Viggianello, Piani di Vacquavarro, the Spezzavùmmola spring, Colle del Gaudolino, Serra del Prete, and Sella del Dolcedorme.

Another charming route we recommend is the one that takes us to the picturesque Garden of the Gods, near Serra di Crispo, winding through a unique landscape dotted with loricate pines. It starts at the Impiso Pass and, continuing through the magnificent basin of the Pollino Plains, you will reach the threshold of a marvelous natural garden adorned with centuries-old trees. You can admire ancient beech forests, suggestive clearings, and breathtaking landscapes lapped by the crystal-clear waters of the streams.

Canyoning enthusiasts who enjoy enthralling adventures can explore magnificent gorges carved by the force of the elements inside the Varco del Bagnoli, one of the most enchanting gorges in Basilicata.

4. Vieste, Puglia

Vieste 20 outdoor activities in Italy

Vieste is a seaside destination renowned for its beautiful beaches and spectacular sea caves. Immerse yourself in the culture and flavours of the region: stroll through the narrow streets adorned with white houses in the historic centre of Vieste for a sunset walk to the lighthouse, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the coast and the sea. By day, however, the Pizzomunno beach with its majestic limestone rock emerging from the water will make you fall in love. For hiking, we recommend the Gargano National Park, which surrounds the entire town, or if you are a water sports lover, this is the place to go surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing or diving in the clear waters of the area. The Tremiti Islands Natural Park is the ideal destination for a boat trip.

The caves

- Grotta dei Pipistrelli: located on the coast between Vieste and Mattinata, accessible only by sea, it is famous for its stalactites and stalagmites.

- Grotta Campana: located in the crystal-clear waters of Baia delle Zagare, it takes its name from its bell shape and is one of the most beautiful places to explore for diving enthusiasts.

- Grotta delle Viole: inside the Gargano National Park, this is one of the largest sea caves in the area. It is characterised by wonderful rock formations and can be visited by boat or organised trips.

Local tip: Baia dei Campi beach. About 10 km from Vieste, this secluded beach surrounded by nature offers a quiet atmosphere and relaxation away from the crowds.

Another very evocative itinerary is the Salento Path, which runs from Lecce to Santa Maria di Leuca, among villages and paths along the coast.

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3. Lao river, Marmarico waterfalls and Camigliatello Silano, Calabria

Would you like to experience something different and try your hand at an experiential adventure in the Pollino area? Near Laino Borgo, you can explore the Lao River, one of the most attractive natural destinations. This fascinating environment for lovers of intense emotions and adrenalin is perfect for practicing river sports. It is possible to go trekking or treat oneself to a unique rafting experience on board an inflatable boat with an enthralling excursion through the rapids that lasts about an hour.

Heading into the Serre Regional Park, an evocative trekking route accompanies nature lovers to the Marmarico waterfalls, with a considerable height of 114 meters, formed by the Stilato River. Starting from Bivongi, you can reach them on foot or by jeep. The itinerary you can undertake to visit this natural spectacle passes through unique and picturesque landscapes.

Going to Camigliatello Silano, the most sought-after mountain destination in Calabria, will allow you to enjoy a marvelous holiday in both summer and winter. It can also be the starting point for planning fantastic hiking tours in the Sila National Park, dotted with forests and streams. Among the main attractions are the Fallistro natural area, which is home to centuries-old larch pines, Arvo Lake, and Cecita Lake, which is of considerable natural and archaeological importance since traces of a majestic prehistoric elephant and Neanderthal man have been found on its shores.

Undertake an exciting e-bike tour to explore the marvelous Sila National Park with a ticket by Visit Italy.

2. Etna, Sicilia

Etna 20 outdoor activities in Italy

Comfortable shoes, water bottle and sun cream. An excursion to Mount Etna in Sicily is an unforgettable experience. Here is a day trip that will allow you to explore and discover the beauty of this active volcano.

Most excursions to Mount Etna start from Catania, the closest city to the volcano. You can take a bus or rent a car to reach the starting point of the excursion, which will be Rifugio Sapienza, located at an altitude of about 1,900 metres. Here you will find parking, restaurants and services for all your needs.

From the Rifugio Sapienza area, you can choose between two options to reach higher altitudes of the volcano: the cable car that will take you up to an altitude of 2,500 metres, or opt for a jeep tour that will take you to higher altitudes. One of the main points of interest are the Silvestri craters, right next to the Rifugio Sapienza: an extinct crater with panoramic views of the surrounding moonscape, allowing you to walk inside. You can continue the day by visiting a nearby wine shop or wine cellar, where you can taste wines and typical products of the area, such as the prized Etna wine: you will find plenty of useful information on this link.

Local tip: an experience not to be missed is the exploration of the active craters. During the excursion, it is advisable to rely on a guide who is an expert on the volcano, on the geology, history and safety of Mount Etna, and can provide interesting information while accompanying you along the trails, such as our friends at ETNAexcursionSICILY.

1. Marghine, Seruci e SIrai Mountain, Sardinia

Heading to the south-west of Sardinia, outdoor activities in Italy enthusiasts can visit the Marghine-Goceano, a fascinating historical region, and indulge in very interesting tours of beautiful scenery and nature, dotted with forests of yews and downy oaks, populated by bird species. Exploring this area, you can admire the enchanting murals of Borore, Dualchi, and Noragugume, three delightful villages rich in traditions and historical and cultural wonders.

By organising an excursion to the neighbouring rural area, you can put on the shoes of the intrepid Indiana Jones and visit archaeological sites, including picturesque Nuraghi and the Santu Bainzu area. Before the excursion to the mountains, we recommend a visit to Villa Piercy in Badde Salighes with its lush garden, which also protects rare species. Among the most valuable monuments, we mention Tamuli and Filigosa.

Other destinations worth mentioning are Seruci, not far from Gonnesa, where there is a very ancient nuragic complex dating back to the 16th millennium B.C., and Mount Sirai, an archaeological area with a Phoenician-Punic acropolis.

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