The first thing that comes to mind when you think of northern Italy is the mountains. The steep shapes of the Dolomites are iconic and the Alps that go on to push through Europe provide astounding viewpoints over not only the country but over its neighbours as well.
Of course, what these two mountain ranges also mean is that northern Italy is a hotspot for outdoor adventures – and is home to some of the most astounding hiking destinations in the world.
We’ve teamed up with Green & Blue, an initiative set up to promote this beautiful corner of the world as an ultimate adventure destination, to give you a flavour of what’s on offer.
1) Hiking The Cammino Di Sant’Agostino
If you like your hikes to be rich in history, culture, and religion there’s plenty on offer for you in Lombardy – a region that’s begging to be explored, either on foot or by bike.
One nice Lombardy walk, with a pilgrimage feel very much woven through it, can be found on the very pleasant Cammino di Sant’Agostino between Monza and Pavia. Families that love going for big strolls in wide open spaces that seamlessly merge together art, nature, and history will have a great time here.
Lombardy, while we’re on the topic, is also home to several religious trails which belong to the so-called “Sacri Monti”. These trails features chapels built between the 16th and 17th centuries, and are situated in some of the most peaceful surroundings imaginable.
2) Hiking The Via Claudia Augusta
Veneto has a lot going for it. And when we say “a lot”, we mean a lot. Golden beaches, pretty lagoons, majestic rivers and wild natural parks with views straight out of a Disney fairytale. A varied outdoor adventure awaits in Veneto, with visitors encouraged to discover the wealth of history, art, and culture that exists in the region’s towns and villages.
There’s trekking and Nordic walking opportunities aplenty in Veneto with countless paths skirting along the slopes of some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. One of the most popular, manageable, and historically significant walking routes that passes through the area is the Via Claudia Augusta. This trail follows an ancient Roman road which connects the Po River with Rhaetia (located across the Alps in southern Germany).