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Italy offers a huge range of options for the summer holidays. Beaches to dream of, crystal-clear seas, cities of art and lots of trails for walking.

Historic and religious walks, old trade routes, ancient livestock trails, all immersed in nature and tranquillity. A great idea for an unusual outdoor holiday exploring beautiful places and landscapes.

If you haven’t yet decided what to do for your summer holidays here is a selection of routes to travel alone or in company, on foot or by bicycle, to discover a more authentic and lesser-known Italy.

So… rucksack on and off we go!

Via Francigena

One of Italy’s most famous routes of pilgrimage. Travelled on foot or by bicycle, it has several variants that often come together on the way to St. Peter’s in Rome. The Via Francigena also has some interesting variants leading to Rome from Southern Italy. Some highly scenic routes can also be found in Sicily. The Via della Costa Salentina, joining Otranto to Santa Maria di Leuca, is one of the most beautiful stretches of the Via Francigena del Sud.

Cammino di San Vili

Italy’s small Camino de Santiago. The route winds through Trentino, from Trento to Madonna di Campiglio, passing through the lands evangelised by San Vigilio. There are two variants of the walk, a higher-altitude one suited to more experienced walkers and a lower, easier one.

Italy Coast to Coast

A 400 km network of paths linking the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian Seas through Marche, Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany. The route takes you on an exploration of the Italy of small villages and unspoiled nature.

Sentiero degli Dei 

This is a short trail of about 8 km crossing the terraces and mule tracks of the Amalfi Coast, from Agerola to Positano. It is called Sentiero degli Dei – the Path of the Gods – because, as legend has it, the Greek gods passed along it on the way to saving Ulysses from the sirens.

Strada dei Setteponti

The Strada dei Setteponti (Road of the Seven Bridges) is an ancient Etruscan road snaking through the Upper Valdarno from the gates of Florence to the gates of Arezzo. It passes vineyards, ancient Romanesque churches and medieval villages. It is just 60 km long and can be travelled on foot or by bicycle. Breathtaking landscapes are guaranteed!

Cammino 100 Torri

The Cammino 100 Torri (Walk of the 100 Towers) takes you all around the coast of Sardinia without ever being more than 2 km from the sea. Its name derives from 105 watchtowers dotted along the route. The walk has two variants, eastern and western, and comprises 70 stages overall.

Cammino Francescano della Marca

The Cammino Francescano della Marca crosses Umbria and Marche, tracing the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi. It is one of Italy’s least-known but most beautiful walks. Far from the tourist trail, it passes through wonderful unspoilt landscapes immersed in green woods and countryside.

Cammino di Assisi

300 km and 13 stages. The Cammino di Assisi is a journey in the footsteps of Saint Francis and Saint Anthony, winding past hermitages and sacred forests. It joins Dovadola, in the Province of Forlì, with Assisi, passing through villages, sacred forests and lush valleys. In its first stages it crosses the Tuscan-Romagnan forests of the Parco del Casentino, later passing through flat lands and inhabited villages.

Cammino Materano

The Cammino Materano is one of the most beautiful trails in southern Italy. It comprises 4 different routes that enable you to explore Puglia and Basilicata along historic walking trails. All 4 routes converge at the same destination, the wonderful and evocative Sassi di Matera.

 

Via della Transumanza

Ancient livestock trails now provide ideal routes to travel on foot or by bicycle, passing through woods and valleys from Abruzzo to Puglia. The longest and most important of these trails in Italy leads from Abruzzo to the Tavoliere delle Puglie, crossing Molise and Basilicata on the way.

(source: www.zingarate.com)

 

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