Once the summer holidays are over, September is the ideal time to find a few more days to spend outside, taking advantage of the mild climate and sunny skies.
This month, on the threshold between summer and autumn, is perfect for trekking. There are hundreds of paths around Italy that give you the chance to enjoy breathtaking landscapes and to discover villages and unusual places.
Of the many paths to explore, in their entirety or in part, here are 5 not to be missed.
- Camino Celeste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
The Camino Celeste (Heavenly Way) is a pilgrimage path that passes through Austria, Italy and Slovenia. The Italian stretch winds for 210 km from the Marian sanctuary of Aquileia to Monte Lussari. The path usually crosses through 10 stages that skirt the Julian Alps. It’s a very spartan route unsuited to beginners, but offers breathtaking landscapes and unique experiences immersed in nature.
- Cammino del Fiume di Legno, Trentino and Veneto
180 km in about 7 stages between Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto. The Cammino del Fiume di Legno traces the ancient route of timber trunks that, from the forests of Trentino, once arrived at the port of Venice. A path that plunges through forests, valleys, ancient villages and cities of art: a unique journey through nature and culture that starts in the mountains and ends at the sea.
- The Sentiero degli Dei, Amalfi Coast
The magic of the Amalfi Coast along a unique path, surrounded by greenery and overlooking the sea. This is the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) that connects Agerola and Nocelle (Positano), perfect in September to fully enjoy the weather and the picture-postcard landscapes along the way.
- Via di Matilde, from Mantua to Lucca
A pilgrimage in the footsteps of Matilde di Canossa that passes through 3 regions – Lombardy, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany – between Mantua and Lucca.
The Via di Matilde, which can also be travelled by bike, takes in forests, villages renowned for their food and wine, and some truly unique and evocative spiritual locations. The walk winds for 284 km and also crosses the Via Francigena. A unique path that brings together contemplation and contact with nature.
- Sentiero Liguria
Almost 700 km along the coast of Liguria on paths offering wonderful landscapes of beaches and cliffs overhanging the sea. The Sentiero Liguria is a route in 30-stages on which you can admire the beauty of unspoilt trails and enjoy an array of unique colours and scents.