Italy

Ancient history and Roman ruins, romantic cities and rustic villages, world-famous cuisine, rich culture and mind-blowing natural beauty - it's easy to see how Italy has gained its reputation as one of Europe's premier holiday destinations.

Ramble at your own pace along the glorious Ligurian coastline between the five famous fishing villages of the Cinque Terre; or head to the striking Dolomites to hike beneath dramatic limestone peaks and climb the famous Via Ferrate.

Walk or sail the spectacular Amalfi Coast and explore nearby Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri; or cycle the scenic back roads to Venice and see the famous canal city as few ever do, on an exciting bike or barge trip.

Discover the cuisine, culture and idyllic rolling landscapes of Tuscany by foot or by bike; or head south to Sicily to hike the volcanoes of Mount Etna and Stromboli and explore the islands of the Aeolian archipelago.

Stroll the trails of Lake Como, exploring the great lakes of northern Italy at your own pace; or tackle a stage or two of the ancient Via Francigena pilgrimage trail between Rome and Switzerland's St Bernard Pass.

There's so much to see and do here that the hardest part of your trip will be choosing an itinerary! From self-guided and small group guided walking holidays to exciting cycling journeys, our unique adventures are designed to get you deep into the heart of incredible Italy.


 

Explore our unrivalled range of active trips in Italy

From the peaks of the Dolomites to Puglia and the vineyards of Tuscany to the canals of Venice, we offer more dedicated walking and cycling trips in Italy than anyone else.

Making Italy affordable

Trips only include what you need like accommodation, meals, bikes on cycle trips, luggage transfers, maps and route directions on self guided trips and an experienced local guide for group trips, as well as the peace of mind that comes with complete backup and support.

See Italy at your own pace

On self guided trips you can expect to receive up-to-date and well researched route notes and maps, seamless luggage transfers and competitive pricing on all essential services. Many self guided trips also have daily departure dates, allowing you to enjoy the convenience and flexibility a self guided trip offers.

Enjoy flexibility and choices

Cycling or walking, 2 star or 4 star, small groups or self guided, land or sea - we can help you explore Europe exactly the way you want.

Travel with experienced mountain guides

Our guided walks in the mountain regions of Italy are led by bilingual, experienced professionals who know the region well. Every guide is first-aid trained and carry appropriate communication devices with them in case of an emergency.


 

Support of local businesses

Whenever possible, we offer hospitality in family run accommodation, purchase food in local markets and dine in small restaurants.

Employment of local guides

We respect and abide by the working standards required by the Italian law, operating with a strategy that involves employees in our decision making process and allowing them to enjoy a profit share arrangement.

Reducing waste

Our Waste Management Policy encourages our travellers to take their own reusable water bottles, coffee cups and reusable stuff sacks to avoid single use plastics. In the mountains of the Pyrenees and Mont Blanc our local partners reduce the amount of packaging taken on tour and ensure all waste is carried out from refuges that do not have road access to help dispose of it properly.

Supporting local

In the regions that we travel tourism is the main source of income for many local people. We support them by only working with local family run hotels and suppliers so your money supports the community that hosts you.

Paddock to Plate

The paddock to plate across Europe is one we encourage by choosing to work with accommodations that source produce from local farms. This provides you with fresher meals and ensures your money directly assists local economies.


Agriturismi

Typically found in Italy, these 'farm stay' style accommodations are found on independently owned working farms. You can expect fantastic local flavours at meal time from your hosts.

Hotels

Often family run, these charming hotels range from 2 to 4 stars and provide access to local living thanks to your hosts. The hospitality is generous and their local knowledge is invaluable. Where possible, we choose locations that add to your experience.

Barges

Think of it as your floating hotel, where each day you experience a different sunrise and sunset location and you unpack only once. Berths range from two lower or bunk bed style but can be upgraded to larger berths with double beds. The bar and dining area is always a popular hangout at the end of each day's activity. The crew includes an onboard cook.

Apartments

Self contained with basic cooking facilities, studio apartments cater for up to two people, with the option to upgrade to larger apartments with bedrooms if you have more in your party.

Refuges or gite hostels

Used mainly on mountain walks, these convivial places add to the atmosphere of your journey through the mountains. Dorms may sleep up to 40 people and the beds are often bunk beds. Linen and blankets are provided and bathrooms are shared. Private rooms may be available, although private gite rooms still use shared bathrooms.


A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.



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