The most beautiful walking routes in Italy

Val d'Orcia
Val d'Orcia / Wikimedia Commons
31 March 2021, Redaction

If you're dreaming of your next trip to Italy and want to be surrounded by nature, we have just the thing for you, with our selection of 5 walking routes that will take you through some of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. Whether you're keen on hiking or just want to wander through stunning landscapes, these 5 trails will allow you to venture into nature, admiring magnificent works of art and buildings which preserve Italian history. Take it easy and enjoy everything you find along the way.

Whether you want to overlook Lake Como, follow in the footsteps of Dante Alighieri, be surrounded by nature in Val d'Orcia, wander through the amazing trulli houses of Apulia or enjoy the splendid coastline of Sardinia, Italy has a walking route for everyone. Grab a comfortable pair of shoes and get ready for a unique walking experience.

Como: the Greenway around the lake

Views over the lake
Views over the lake / pixabay.com/en/users/travelspot-62116/

The Greenway of Lake Como is a spectacular waking route of about 6 miles, or 10 kilometres, which stretches from Colonno to Cadenabbia, on the western shore of Lake Como.

Secret gardens and old-fashioned villas, as well as small hidden streets and centuries-old trees await you on this stunning walking trail, with staircases and alleys framed by the view of the lake and the majestic mountains reflected in it.

This walk is suitable for everyone, both expert hikers and those wanting a relaxing walk, and offers a view of the lake and the surrounding landscape that you will fall in love with. At the end of the trail you can return to your starting point by boat to continue to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that Lake Como is famous for. 

Ravenna: following in Dante's footsteps

The tomb of Dante Alighieri
The tomb of Dante Alighieri / flickr.com/photos/guldem/24907336041

Between Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany lies a very special walking route: the Cammino di Dante, or Dante’s Way. It is a circular route of about 235 miles (380 km) divided into 20 stages, starting at the tomb of Dante in the town of Ravenna and ending at the Dante House Museum in Florence.

The route traces the path that Dante Alighieri, exiled from the Tuscan capital, would have taken at the beginning of the 12th century and of which many references are found between the pages of his most famous work, the Divine Comedy. By following in the footsteps of the father of Italian literature, you can admire the beautiful landscapes of Romagna, the castles of the Counts of Guidi, the magical forests of Casentinesi, the green hills of Tuscany, small medieval villages and ancient Christian hermitages.

Siena: immerse yourself in the Val d'Orcia

Country road
Country road / pxhere.com/en/photo/1023174

The wonderful green, undulating hills of Tuscany frame this trail that crosses Val d'Orcia and lead you to discover some of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Due to the excellent state of conservation of the landscape and the influence it had on Renaissance artists, Val d'Orcia was added to the list of protected UNESCO sites in 2004.

To discover the best of these majestic hills that bewitched the great masters of painting, you can choose between several different walking or hiking routes or just go for the classic trail that stretches from San Gimignano to Siena. Whichever way you go, the colours, aromas and flavours of this land will bring you into contact with the essence of one of the most beautiful areas of Italy.

Alberobello: walking among the trulli

A stroll through the streets of Alberobello
A stroll through the streets of Alberobello / flickr.com/photos/143134673@N07/

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1996, the Trulli di Alberobello are truly unique buildings in the world and embody the history of Apulia.

The best way to see them is to walk slowly through the small streets and alleys of the city. Start your journey from Terrazzino Belvedere, which offers a spectacular view over a cone roof adorned with mysterious limestone symbols. Then head to the Aia Piccola district, which consists of about 400 trulli, most of which are still used as houses today. Here you can also visit the Museum of Ancient and New Handicrafts, which contains artisan tools, and the Petroleum Museum.

Continue to Piazza XXVII Maggio, which houses the Museum of the Territory, and then on to the Casa D'Amore which was the first house to be built in the area using mortar instead of in the classic trullo style.

After that, you arrive at the Basilica Minore, dedicated to Saints Cosme and Damien, the patron saints of the city, behind which is the Trullo Sovrano, known to be the most advanced example of the two-storey trullo. End your visit in the Monti neighbourhood, which has more than 1,000 trulli in 7 different forms that house artisan shops with stunning works of art for sale.

Cagliari: the walk of 100 towers

Torre della Pelosa tower
Torre della Pelosa tower / Wikimedia commons

The last stop on our trip takes us to one of the most beautiful routes in Italy: the walk of the Cento Torri (100 towers) that will take you on a trip through wild Sardinia. This wonderful walking trail enjoys twists and turns for almost 800 miles (1,284 km) along the coast of the island. It is a road that was built to fortify the towers built from the late Middle Ages to the mid-nineteenth century and to make some of the numerous coastal routes more accessible and known.

The 100 towers that you will walk past on this route have played a fundamental role in the history of the island, both for protection against invasions and for communication, and it is precisely their importance that has transformed them into a symbol of this region. Walking along the coast you can admire natural landscapes, accompanied by the sound of the waves and the aroma of Mediterranean greenery. Enjoy this walk between land and sea, a real feast for the eyes and for the spirit.

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