Hiking in the Italian Alps

A diverse mountain landscape

South of the main Alpine ridge stretches the majestic mountain scenery of the Italian Alps. In terms of area, Italy has the largest share of the Alps so has a rich and diverse landscape made up of breathtaking contrasts. During a hiking trip in the Italian Alps, mountain lovers will discover picturesque lakes, rugged mountain ranges and a variety of flora and fauna. Read more about the wonderful experience and all details about hiking in the Alps at a glance.

The most popular hiking tours in the Italian Alps

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Dolomites mountain trail

Discover fascinating landscapes and nature as you wander through three language areas and cultures. Climb the most famous and highest peaks of the world-famous Dolomites and enjoy impressive panoramic views.

Dolomites Natural Park

Picturesque mountain lakes, lush alpine meadows, shady forests and the world-famous Dolomites: this hike will make every mountain-lovers heart beat faster. The Pragser Wildsee with its crystal clear water and impressive views above Cortina is just one highlight of this hiking trip.

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Dolomite high-altitude paths

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Dolomite Alps – Nature park walking tour

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Hiker looks out over the magnificent Molveno Lake

From Meran to Lake Garda

Enjoy the view of the rugged rock formations of the Dolomites, taste original grape varieties along the South Tyrolean Wine Route and experience the Mediterranean lifestyle with a cappuccino in Riva del Garda. The hiking tour convinces with a varied landscape and an impressive alpine scenery.

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From Meran to Lake Garda

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From Meran to Lake Garda with Charm

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Vineyards on the Alpe Adria Trail

Alpe-Adria-Trail Italy

You can experience pure hiking pleasure on a hiking holiday on the Alpe-Adria-Trail. The journey takes you from Cividale to Trieste and numerous culinary highlights, cultural sights and the real Italian attitude to life await you along the way. And of course we plan to take a break from hiking and enjoy a delicious glass of Prosecco from the region!

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Alpe-Adria-Trail

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Useful information about hiking holidays in the Italian Alps

The climate in the Italian Alps

The high peaks of the Italian Alps provide for varied weather conditions. The cold and snowy winters attract skiers and the region is popular with hikers in summer due to the cooler summer days.

While a jacket is definitely useful at higher altitudes, you can look forward to Mediterranean temperatures and around 300 sunny days a year at the foot for the mountain range. This makes the Italian Alpine foothills a popular hiking destination for mountain lovers.

 

South Tyrolean alpine specialities

The cuisine in the Italian Alps

La Dolce Vita – on the south side of the Alps you can enjoy culinary offerings to the fullest. Italian temperament blends with Alpine earthiness, and this is reflected in the tasty cuisine. Mediterranean lightness and hearty home-style cooking ensure unique tastes. Thanks to the diverse specialities of lamb to fish and pasta to dumpling soup you are guaranteed to feel strong on your hiking holiday in Italy.

Breathtaking views of the Merano area

Country and people

In the Italian Alps, the cultures merge and this is also reflected in the language. In addition to German, Italian is spoken in the Italian Alpine foothills – precisely Ladin, the oldest language in the region. The diversity of the Alps can be seen above all in the individual cities and historical sights. In addition to culinary variety, you can also look forward to Italian hospitality in the mountains.

The most beautiful sights in the Italian Alps

  • The Botanical Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano
  • The Three Peaks of the Dolomites
  • The Villa Scipione Borghese on the Isola del Garda in Lake Garda
  • The Pragser Wildsee in the South Tyrolean Dolomites
  • The Tyrol Castls on a plateau high above Meran

Questions and answers about hiking holidays in the Italian Alps

Depending on the altitude and the current snow situation, you can hike in the Italian Alps from April to October.

Whether hiking in the Dolomites, in South Tyrol, Trentino or on the Alpe-Adria-Trail – a multi-day hiking tour in the Italian Alps is guaranteed to inspire you.

Depending on the choice of route and your individual hiking tour, there are also options that are wonderfully suitable for a hiking holiday with a dog, such as our hiking holiday from Meran to Lake Garda.

Italy is home to 58 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some of these are located in the Italian Alps such as:

  • The Dolomites
  • The prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps
  • The rock paintings of the Valcamonica

When hiking in the Italian Alps, all active vacationers who are hungry for exercise experience wonderful moments of peace and a soothing break in nature. Far away from the crowds, you can recharge your batteries here.

A special highlight of our walking holiday Dolomite Alps – Nature park walking tour are the three peaks with the nature park of the same name.

Our hiking holiday from Meran to Lake Garda also has plenty of cultural and culinary highlights in store for you. Whichever hiking holiday in the Italian Alps you choose, you will have fond memories of this break for a long time to come.

Perfectly organised hiking holidays in the Italian Alps

A colourful variety as far as the eye can see – this and much more awaits hikers in the Italian Alps. Our experienced Eurohike travel specialists and the Eurohike WANDERPLUS ensure that your hiking tour in the Italian Alps is the perfect active experience. This includes our detailed travel documents, personal on-site support, luggage transfer during your hiking holiday, as well as cosy hotels and accommodation. You can also reach us on our Eurohike service-hotline if you have any questions during your hiking holiday.

Sabrina Huber
I look forward to plan your hiking holidays in the Italian Alps!
Sabrina Huber, Travel specialist
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