VeniceIDolomite Hiking Routen September of 2004 we took a month long trip to Northern Italy.    The first week was spent hiking in the Italian Alps called the Dolomites. We did this trip through our usual group, Wilderness Travel. While much more condensed, the Italian Alps offer much of the same spectacular terrain that’s found in northern Europe.

The next two weeks we spent exploring various parts of Northern Italy, beginning in Venice where we just happened to catch the annual gondola regatta – what a treat!

Italy Route MapThen after training it down to Florence and spending a few days there, we rented a car and drove around the Tuscany hill towns. Many nights we purposely had not booked accommodations in advance so that we could experience the adventures that come from being spontaneous.

We ended with a week on the coast, including hiking between the five coastal villages of the Cinque Terre. For those of you who enjoy walking, this is an experience not to be missed.

September is an ideal month to go to Italy.  The weather is comfortably warm with very little rainfall, and it’s much less crowded than the summer months.

 

View products recommended for travel to this area:  Walking Shoes, Rick Steve’s Italy Travel Guide Trekking Poles, Water Bottle or Hydration System

 

Italy Flag Dolomites – Hiking the Italian Alps


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Venice

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Tuscany to the Sea

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Cinque Terre and Coastal Villages

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