Italian hiking will transport you into a world of peace and delicious food. Nowhere on earth has a more committed hospitality industry with the Italian Alpine hotels representing some of the absolute best in the world, regardless of whether they are trailside inns or world-class hotels.
Ryder-Walker offers eleven self-guided treks through the Italian countryside that are all as excellent as they are varied. The Ambience Italian Dolomites and Italian Dolomites Trek take you through the heart of the Italian Dolomites – some of the most dramatic and vertical mountains on earth and a perennial favorite of Ryder-Walker clients. The Dolomiti di Brenta and Via Ladinia: Heart of the Italian Dolomites treks take you on less traveled variations through the isolated Brenta Group and the culturally unique Ladin Dolomites. For those committed to the high peaks of the Alps, our Tour du Mont Blanc and shorter TMB Vitesse treks circumnavigate the stunning Mont Blanc – the highest peak in Western Europe. If the Italian coast is calling your name, our Sicily: The Aeolian Islands, Cinque Terre, and Capri & the Amalfi Coast self-guided treks will show you the full wonders of the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian seas. Finally, our Italian Lakes District: Como & Bellagio trek explores the hills above the lively and lavish Italian Lakes District.
Self Guided Tours: Italy
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 villages in the enchanting Alto Adige (Südtirol) region of Northern Italy. The Dolomites are one of the earth’s most dramatic ranges, and a paradise for hikers who come to enjoy the startling, vertical topography as well as the ...View Trip Details
Let the sirens tempt you with captivating coastlines, sapphire waters and a laid-back Italian lifestyle that the locals call “tranquillo.” It is no coincidence that Homer chose Capri and the Amalfi Coast as the home for his fabled sirens in the epic tale, The Odyssey. Once you experience the enchanting life of southern Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, you won’t want to return home ...View Trip Details
Enchanting, or perhaps intoxicating, might be the best words to describe Italy’s Cinque Terre region hugging the Italian Riviera. Spoil yourself in this UNESCO World Heritage Site where the rocky coast and green hills meet the cobalt sea. Authentic Ligurian Coast cuisine and wine swoon you, friendly locals engage you, while incredibly unique hiking along a dramatic coastline complemented by a ...View Trip Details
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 Brenta ...View Trip Details
This self-guided trek links the villages of the Mont Blanc region and the western Swiss Valais, crossing through the highest mountain range in western Europe, the Pennine Alps. You hike through two distinct cultural regions, the French speaking and German speaking Alps. Starting in the bustling alpine center of Chamonix, France beneath the dramatic flanks of Europe’s highest summit, Mont Blanc, ...View Trip Details
The soaring limestone spires of the Dolomites make a stunning backdrop for a number of quaint villages, expansive mountain meadows, and a highly developed trail system. The region is culturally diverse, and on this self-guided tour you visit the German speaking Tyrolean villages in Val Gardena with their onion-domed chapels, Corvara in the Ladin speaking Alta Badia, and the busy alpine center of ...View Trip Details
If Lake Como, Italy is best known for its lavish villas, authentic Italian cuisine and romantic lakeside views, then its best kept secret is the surrounding mountains and the myriad hiking trails that explore them. Glacially carved over 10,000 years ago, and forming the shape of an upside-down Y, Lake Como offers remote and beautiful day hikes, exquisite accommodations, and a sumptuous taste of ...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 to the Aeolian Islands, home of the sirens. Active volcanoes, the ruins of over nine different cultures, societies stacked on top of each other, beautiful ...View Trip Details
For those who want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc, but have a limited amount of time, we offer the Tour du Mont Blanc Vitesse. Vitesse means “speed” in French, and this shortened TMB itinerary covers the greatest highlights of our standard itinerary in five hiking days instead of eight. Our abbreviated TMB begins in Courmayeur, Italy, hikes around the east side of Mont Blanc, and finishes ...View Trip Details
Outside Magazine named Ryder-Walker’s trek one of the 25 Best Hikes in the World. Mont Blanc (15,781 feet) rises more than 12,000 vertical feet above the famous resort village of Chamonix, France. The epitome of everything that is “alpine” in the Alps, Mont Blanc beckons hikers and climbers from around the globe with its snow-white glaciers, sheer cliff walls, and chalet-studded valleys. To ...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 as jagged summits skyrocket above. Ryder-Walker’s Via Ladinia begins in the calming town of San Candido. The magnificence of this hiking ...View Trip Details
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