Italy represents the magnum opus of trekking destinations. Whether you are traveling through the alpine summits of Northern Italy, or enjoying coastal walking in the Tyrrhenian Sea, you will notice the consistent Italian commitment to quality.
Commitment to a delicious variety of food, to excellent accommodation – even in the most remote huts in the Alps, and finally a commitment to maintaining one of the world’s largest and most scenic trail systems.
Ryder-Walker offers tours in three major regions of Italy. The Italian Dolomites, along the Tyrrhenian Island of Capri and the Aeolian islands surrounding Sicily, and finally in the heart of the Italian Alps along the border with Switzerland – where the Mont Blanc and Matterhorn sit proudly.
The Italian Dolomites offer the absolute best in terms of mountain accommodation, set in a breathtaking landscape. Culturally the Italian Dolomites are a unique setting, home to the Ladin culture – a language and lifestyle that harkens back to the Roman empire. The Dolomites also drip with history, with the rugged ridgelines along the Austrian border still bristling with ruined encampments and vertigo-inducing military trails called Via Ferrate, or iron pathways. Ryder-Walker offers three distinct tours through the Dolomites. The Via Ladinia takes you through the Ladin heart of the Dolomites, visiting some of the region’s most remote and serene villages. The Dolomiti di Brenta trek explores the unique Brenta Dolomites, an isolated limestone group, home to the famous Via delle Bochette – one of the world’s most impressive Via Ferrate. Finally, our Italian Dolomites Trek is perhaps Ryder-Walker’s most classic offering, visiting only the most tried and true locations in Italy.
The islands of Italy have no shortage of fame, and all of it deserved. While the Italian coast may be known for its elegant reputation and stylish living, it also offers some of the most relaxed and scenic hiking in the world. In Capri, Ryder-Walker’s Isola di Capri trek explores the island known as the Jewel of the Tyrrhenian. Home to the Azure Grotto, the Villa Jovis which belonged to Emperor Tiberius, and the village of Anacapri situated atop the islands precipitous summit. The Sicily Aeolian Islands trek is a true island-hopping experience, exploring the volcanic archipelago that runs towards the sea from Sicily. If you’re looking for warm water and fresh fish cooked in a traditional Italian style, these trips should be the top of your list.
The Alps along Italy’s Northwestern border are the most impressive mountains in Western Europe. Giants like the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, and Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco) rise up with awe-inspiring relief, and from a much quieter and more forgotten angle than the villages below the same mountains in Switzerland and France. Ryder-Walker’s Tour du Mont Blanc visits all three countries, circumnavigating the truly gigantic Mont Blanc massif. On this world-famous adventure, you will explore legendary mountain towns such as Courmayeur and Chamonix, as well as tackle some of the highest passes in the Alps. The Matterhorn Trek explores both the Italian and Swiss sides of the Matterhorn, visiting Zermatt while contrasting it with the truly sleepy and mysterious mountain towns on the Italian side of the mountain. While you may be visiting to see the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa might steal the show with its gargantuan glaciated face towering over the Italian valleys below.
Guided Tours: Italy
Unlock the mysteries of the Brenta Dolomites, Italy’s westernmost extremity of rugged limestone peaks. Bordered by the Swiss Alps to the west and the Austrian Alps to the north, the Brenta mountains tower above celebrity-studded Lake Garda and its lesser known, but equally spectacular, Lago di Molveno. Similar to the rest of the Dolomites range that stretches across northeastern Italy, the ...View Trip Details
The Highlights of Italy Trek was designed to showcase three of our favorite regions in Italy, as well as provide exceptional hiking with a broad range of physical challenge. For those who prefer to unpack and stay unpacked for a few days at a time, this trek is for you. We begin our trek in the beautiful, historic alpine resort town of Courmayeur, ideally perched at the headwaters of the Dora Baltea ...View Trip Details
Inviting villages, towering limestone cliffs, a rich history, and the tranquil water of the Tyrrhenian Sea – all of this and more awaits you on the Italian island of Capri! The colorful isle sits off the western coast of southern Italy, its shores visited for millennia by Greek and Roman sailors. Originally established as a Roman resort the Isle of Capri has a deep history of tourism and ...View Trip Details
Towers of vertical limestone, tinged pink in the evening light, loom above the rolling green meadows and intriguing castles, ruins and onion-domed church steeples of the Alto Adige region in northern Italy. This may be the most beautiful mountain region on earth; regularly attracting photographers and mountain enthusiasts enamored of the incredible light and topography of the range. The Dolomites are ...View Trip Details
The highest mountains in Western Europe, the Pennine Alps, offer hikers an opportunity to explore a spectacular alpine world. This hike begins in Italy beneath the Matterhorn, one of the most iconic peaks in the world. The tour also partially circumnavigates the Monte Rosa, the highest mountain in Switzerland and the second highest peak in Western Europe. The Tour de Monte Rosa has become a much ...View Trip Details
From across the aquamarine waves, their call can be heard for thousands of leagues. Ulysses surely wasn’t the first to hear their sound as he crossed the Adriatic, Aegean, and Tyrrhenian seas on his Odyssey, but he definitely was a notable visitor – Sicily’s Aeolian islands, home of the sirens. When speaking of Sicily, or the Aeolian Islands, it is impossible to go without speaking about the ...View Trip Details
Outside Magazine named Ryder-Walker’s Tour du Mont Blanc trek one of the 25 Best Hikes in the World. Hike across the borders of France, Italy and Switzerland during our ten-day Tour du Mont Blanc. Taking advantage of some little-known variations to the standard route, we lead you from the mountain-chic cafés of Chamonix, to remote mountain hamlets en route to Courmayeur, Italy. Our gracious ...View Trip Details
The Pusteria Valley on the Italian/Austrian border is where the high Alps morph into the Dolomites. The northern flank of the valley is pastoral with undefined walls of limestone and gentler summits. The southern flank is where the Dolomites find their personality and skyrocket above you as compact and jagged summits of seemingly impossible verticality. The magnificence of this hiking itinerary lies ...View Trip Details
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