There are few feelings as exhilarating as getting right off the beaten track, out into wild, wide open spaces, and taking in lungful’s of fresh, clean air on walking holidays that could take you to some of the most spectacular locations in the world. Whether it’s exploring magical coastal cliffs, rugged mountainous interiors, or idyllic riverside rambles, the most essential feeling is that of escaping the crowds, finding hidden trails thanks to your local guides, and simply soaking up the landscape.

Our walking holidays in Italy get you in touch with the beautiful landscape in this stunning country. Explore the once-in-a-lifetime routes that explore the stunning countryside of Abruzzo, where the Adriatic Sea meets stunning mountains, discovering offbeat experiences and locally known trails along the way.

Hiking adventures in Italy

Walking and hiking are an absolutely essential way of getting truly in touch with a landscape, and the only real way to get yourself truly off the beaten track, and far from the crowds. It’s a wonderful way to really experience a destination, and this is as true in Italy as it is anywhere.

And walking holidays in Italy are about so much more than rolling green fields and vineyards stretching into the distance, even if you do have them in abundance. Whether you’re venturing into the stunning mountains of Abruzzo and it’s national parks, or strolling along the pristine coastline dotted with idyllic fishing villages, there’s always a stunning restaurant to savour a well-earned glass of wine at the end of the day.

Hiking in Italy represents a chance to see the things that most tourists don’t, ancient monasteries clinging to stunning hillsides, isolated fishing villages that still practice generations-old traditions, hidden mountain peaks that offer panoramas over glistening, deep blue lakes.

A walking or hiking holiday in Italy is about finding these hidden gems, these off the beaten track locations, and with a local guide, passionate about their home and the trails that wind through the hills, you’ll be sure to find the very best locations and the most thrilling walks.

You can relax and soak up the scenery, let go of worrying about directions or places to stay, and simply drink in the experience of exploration.

Where to experience walking holidays in Italy

Head to Abruzzo, a region where stunning mountain ranges and national parks run down to beautiful Adriatic coastlines, medieval towns hide romantic cobbled streets and atmospheric, family-run wine bars, and pine forests are draped over beautiful rolling hills.

Wherever you head for your walking holiday in Italy, one thing is guaranteed, you’ll create memories that last a lifetime.

Who are our Italian walking holiday guests?

Experienced hikers, people looking for a way to get in touch with the landscape, and those who just fancy getting out into the fresh air; absolutely anyone and everyone is welcome on our Italian walking holidays.

Your guides will be experts in judging the lengths and difficulties of each hike, and the experience will be totally tailored to you, so that you can simply relax and enjoy the feeling of getting your legs pumping, filling your lungs with fresh, clean air, and discovering the hidden gems far from the tourist trail.

All you need to bring is lots of energy, a willingness to discover new things and a love for the outdoors. Sound like you?

Why choose Not In the Guidebooks?

We’re passionate about helping people find the most amazing experiences on their travels, through meeting local people, exploring new places, and discovering alternative activities that make holidays special. We do this by carefully selecting partners in countries around the world who are experts in their local area, sourcing interesting people who can guide you through immersive experiences.

We’ve got local partners all across Ireland, from the fiery passion of Naples in the south, all the way to the beautiful hillsides and ancient towns of Umbria. Choosing a Not In The Guide Books holiday in Italy means you don’t have to choose between a beach holiday or an activity-filled break, you can get the best of both worlds with a unique trip.