Italy

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Dolomiti - by Henk

Italy is a country of enormous diversity and contrast. Most famous are the Alps. Coming from the efficient neatness of Switzerland or Austria, the Italian Alps are wilder and at the same time more tranquil, like stepping back in time. The most beautiful and popular areas are Gran Paradiso, Val Grande, Stelvio and the Dolomites.

In addition there are countless national parks, all very much worth hiking through. A series of mountain ranges runs from north to south like a backbone, starting from the hills of Tuscany, to the Apennines and Abruzzo to Italy's toe, Calabria. Southern Italy, too far for many tourists, has several attractive hiking regions, like Pollino and Aspromonte.

In the Alps you can walk from hut to hut, elsewhere you can do day hikes, such is the rule in general. However some genuine long distance hiking trails are under construction. European long distance trail E10 in the Alps, which coincides with the 1000km long Grande Alpine Trail and the international Via Alpina. The second large project is the E1, which coincides with the Grand Apennine Mountains Trail and the Ligurian Mountains High Trail. If this trail is ever completed, you can start from Como passing Genova and continue all the way to Reggio di Calabria and Palermo or Siracuse on Sicily. The third large project means to join all these trails into one 6000km long Sentiero Italia. Last but not least, there is the Alta Via in the Dolomites: splendid walking.

Mountain huts abound in the Alps. Hiking can be done all summer, from June until well into October. Further south spring is the best hiking season. In April you will still get stuck in the snow up in the mountains. Autumn is supposed to be fine as well, but alas, as one hiker put it: "you wake up to the sounds of church bells and gunfire". As hunters, Italians are best avoided.

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Books

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  • One-hundred and One Beautiful Small Towns of Italy
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Venice | Blue Guides
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  • Lonely Planet Italy Walking Guide
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Belgium
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
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  • The Italian Summer
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  • Italian Hideaways
  • Every traveler wants to feel as if they are the first to discover their destination that s why staying somewhere fresh, somewhere that is still a well-kept secret, is so important. And the only thing more important than visiting the right town is staying in the right room at the right place. Travel journalist Meg Nolan has combed Italy for the... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Rough Guide - Italy
  • The Rough Guide to Italy is the ultimate travel guide to one of Europe's most appealing countries.From the top draws of Rome and Florence to the hidden corners of Friuli and Liguria, this guide will help you make the most of your trip to Italy. You will find all the detailed information you need, from vaporetto routes in Venice to... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Rough Guide - Italy
  • The Rough Guide to Italy is the ultimate travel guide to one of Europe's most appealing countries.From the top draws of Rome and Florence to the hidden corners of Friuli and Liguria, this guide will help you make the most of your trip to Italy. You will find all the detailed information you need, from vaporetto routes in Venice to... Read more
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  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Off The Beaten Path is the travelogue of a student who decides to maximize his opportunity of a semester abroad. During the week Nick attends class at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, while on the weekends and breaks explores the best of what over twelve countries in Europe and North Africa have to offer. Nick's story also expands to... Read more
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De Zwerver
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2017
  • Reisgids Trotter Sardinie | Lannoo
  • Eigenzinnig en informatief: Van reizigers voor reizigers. De ideale reisgenoot De enige reisgids met gevoel voor humor De enige reisgids die je niet loodst langs de platgetreden paden maar de reiziger juist informatie geeft over bezienswaardigheden/ restaurants/ hotels/cafés... Meer dan 90 bestemmingen: City - Europa - Wereld Beroemd om zijn... Read more
De Zwerver
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2017
  • Reisgids Capitool Top 10 Napels & Amalfi-kust | Unieboek
  • De naam zegt het al: een compacte versie van de veel geprezen Capitool serie. Eigenlijk vergelijkbaar met veel illustraties, veel aandacht voor cultuur en bevolking en hier en daar praktische informatie. Kleine versie, handig in de binnenzak. Levendige stad Sommige mensen vinden de stad opwindend, terwijl anderen worden overweldigd door alles... Read more
Bol.com
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2015
  • Alpe-Adria-Trail
  • Lange afstandswandelpad van 700km, onderverdeeld in 40 etappes van de Grossglockner in Karinthië door Slovenië en Friuli-Venezia Giulia naar Trieste. Deze handzame wandelgids bevat de routebeschrijving met wandelroutekaarten, hoogteprofielen en praktische informatie.Duitstalig 40 Höhenprofile, 40 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab 1:75.000, eine... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Alpe-Adria-Trail
  • Lange afstandswandelpad van 700km, onderverdeeld in 40 etappes van de Grossglockner in Karinthië door Slovenië en Friuli-Venezia Giulia naar Trieste. Deze handzame wandelgids bevat de routebeschrijving met wandelroutekaarten, hoogteprofielen en praktische informatie.Duitstalig 40 Höhenprofile, 40 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab 1:75.000, eine... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2020
  • Wandelgids Alpe Adria Trail | Rother Bergverlag
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