Guide to Find the Best Adventure Travel Destinations of Italy

Italy is famous for its cultural patrimony. Who visits Italy oould also be interested in discovery alternative ways to travel in the country.

Here below a list of some unknown places and activities to practice in Italy for the adventure travelers.

1. Walking in the Cinque Terre, Ligury

The Cinque Terre are 5 scenic villages linked by train and hiking trails on the Italian Riviera coast of Liguria. The villages are part of the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Towns are:

  • * Riomaggiore
  • * Manarola
  • * Corniglia
  • * Vernazza
  • * Monterosso

Hiking Trails:
5 terre hiking trails

Thanks to About.com

Walking is very popular, especially on the main coastal paths, which are subject to park entrance fees. It's worth exploring some of the higher paths to Volastra (above Manarola), Monte Negro (above Riomaggiore) or paths that begin outside of the park such as the trail between Levanto and Monterosso.

Hiking Times:
Monterosso - Vernazza: 90 minutes.
Vernazza - Corniglia: 90 minutes.
Corniglia - Manarola: 45 minutes.
Manarola - Riomaggiore: 20 minutes.

2. Explore the national park of Abruzzi

Abruzzo is a mountainous region to the northeast of Rome. It has a lot of natural parks that are worth visiting and a rather nice seaside.

Abruzzo comprises four provinces: L'Aquila (the regional capital), Chieti, Pescara and Teramo.

Here you will find the highest peaks of the Apennines, the Gran Sasso (Monte Corno 9,560 feet) and Maiella.

Places to See:

  • Abruzzo National Park
  • Maiella National Park
  • Lake Scanno at Caramanico Terme
  • Gran Sasso mountain (2912 m)
  • The Calderone glacier

The main attraction is however the Abruzzo National Park a huge wildlife reserve with glaciers and forests.

At four hundred square kilometres, the Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo is Italy's third-largest national park and holds some of its wildest mountain land, providing a hunter-free haven for wolves, brown bears, chamois and a pair of royal eagles, along with some great walking.

The best way to get away from the valley is to hike. There are several campsites.

Abruzzi national park
Abruzzi National Park - Thanks to: lostbob

4. Hiking the "vie ferrate" in the Dolomites

The Dolomites are a Mountain range within the Italian Alps and situated in a protected national park system. This is a region rich in ancient culture and tradition.

The Dolomites are famous for skiing in the winter months and mountain climbing, daily excursions, climbing and Base Jumping

All paths (Called Vie Ferrate) are easy to walk and require a normal level of fitness. However you need good walking shoes and appropriate clothing.

On the paths there are many farms and inns where you can get food. Pay attention to their weekly closing day.

The main centres include: The Marmolada glacier (in the Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto regions); the small towns of Alleghe, Cortina d'Ampezzo, and the village of Ortisei.

5. The grand canyon of Sardinia

Sardinia is the 2° biggest island of the Mediterranean sea. The main place to go outdoor is the Gola di Gorroppu (Gorroppu gorge). It is located between the Orgosolo and Urzulei Supramonte area. It is also known as the “Grand Canyon of Europe“.

6. The lake district in Lombardy

Lombardy is a region in the northern Italy. It's famous for the presence of 3 lakes:

  • The Come Lake - Lake Como is a lake of glacial origin. It has an area of 146 km². At over 400 m deep it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe.
  • The Garda Lake - Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. It is located about half-way between Venice and Milan.
  • The Maggiore Lake - Lake Maggiore is the most westerly of the three large prealpine lakes of Italy.

Popular outdoor activites are: Trekking, Biking and water sports.

The Garda LAKE
Garda Lake - Thanks to surfstyle

7. Biking the Gargano in Apulia

The Gargano’s coast is caractherized by gorgeous natural caves and arcs. It offers different natural environments and a place where find the routes of migratory birds.

The territory is rich of roads that circles the mountain. It’s the ideal place for bikers.

Inland on the mountain there is the Umbra Forest, a protected beech, oak, and pine forest with trails and campsites.

Foresta Umbra is considered the green lung of all Gargano Park; it develops until 830 mt. high.

Foresta Umbra host a very rich fauna, there is “capriolo italicus”, protect species from WWF. It is very shy and eats only tender shoots that it can find in very deep forest. Its coat is short and mane, in springtime is kind of red and wintertime is grey. It has black and white spots around its eyes and muzzle. Others mammals who live in Foresta Umbra are badger, wild cat and marten.

8. Conquest the Europe's Tallest Volcano, Mount Etna

Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano of Europe. It's in Sicily in the province of Catania. It's a world attraction because of its continue eruptions.

Who wants to visit this volcano has 2 possibilities:

  • From Rifugio Sapienza (Etna south - Nicolosi) during good weather, you can pay for a trip on a 4-wheel-drive vehicle + cable car (48€ A/R) about 800m nearer the top. In bad weather, you can walk if you are experienced and prepared for freezing weather.
  • From Piano Provenzana (Etna north - Linguaglossa) by walking to arrive on the summit Crater. This is a beautiful tour because it's possible to admire forests and lava sceneries.

Popular activities to practice are Downhill Mountain Biking and Trekking.

The nearby attractions are Catania and Taormina.

Read More:

- Top Italian Adventure Destinations
- Italian National Parks
- National Geographic
- Things to do in Italy

 It's beautiful, but i

It's beautiful, but i can't still consider it as the grand canyon of Europe.

Open Travel Info | Free Travel Guide Community

I think this is among the most vital information for me.
And i am glad reading your article. But want to remark on some general things, The site style
is wonderful, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers