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Hiking in Italy

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Shweta Reddy

Introduction

The Dolomites are a mountain range in northeastern Italy with sheer cliffs and deep valleys. Dolomites are popular as a ski destination but with it's numerous hikes and via ferratas, there are many activities for summer as well. Via Ferratas (Iron path) are climbing routes on the mountains. There were first build in Italy during World War I and since been reinforced and used for recreational purposes.

The Dolomites region has the most via ferratas in the world and a good network of Refugios to go with it. Even though there are plenty of via ferratas, the trail heads are not well marked. Here is a very comprehensive guide book on all via ferratas in Italy.

The travel itinerary includes Dolomites and going to other popular cities in Italy. This trip start and ends in Milan.

Map

Itinerary

Day 1

Milan

car icon Milan to Fassa Valley

Driving is the best way to get from Milan to Fassa valley in Dolomites. There are many rental car companies at the airport. Rent a multicity car so that you can drop the car off at Venice.

Its a beautiful drive along the mountains and up the hill.

Drive time: Approx. 4 hrs

Rental cars at Milan airport

Fassa Valley

Fassa valley includes 7 towns close to each other right in the heart of Dolomites in Trentino region. Canazei was the most active and happening town. Corvara is close some of the best via ferratas and hikes. Where ever you decide to stay the other towns are very drivable.

Fassa Valley Hotels

Val di Fassa accomodations


Day 2

Fassa Valley

VF Sandro Pertini - Puez Odle Natural Park

You can do a self guided via ferrata hike, group hike or hire a guide. Since we had done via ferrata before we chose to do self guided hikes. It's not like you can get lost, all you have to do is follow the cable and know how to climb. You can rent via ferrata gear at Sport Amplatz at Canazei.

If this is your first time doing a via ferrata, I suggest doing a group hike. For information on guided via ferrata hikes reach out to:

Alta Badia Guides

Fassasport

VF Sandro Pertini is in Puez Odle Natural Park near the town Selva. It's a very strenuous VF, refer to the guide book for VF grades and directions to trail head. The trail head is hard to find and lot of local aren't aware of it to help. We got lost and ended up doing a hike in the National Park which turned out to be stunning with amazing views of the Dolomites. Puez Odle Natural Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fassa Valley

Same as day 1.


Day 3

Fassa Valley

VF Brigata Tridentina

This is the most popular VF in the area and for good reason. It's a difficult VF, refer to the guide book for VF grades and directions to trail head. Start early to beat the crowd and avoid waiting on the cables. At the top you will find a Refugio to freshen up and trail directions to car park.

Fassa Valley

Same as day 1.


Day 4

Fassa Valley

VF Col Rodella

It's a short, fun and challenging via ferrata. It can be accessed from cable car in Campittelo.

car icon Fassa Valley to Venice

Its an approx. 3hr drive to Venice where you can drop off the rental car by evening.

Venice


Day 5

Venice

Venice

Here are things you can do in Venice

  • Piazza San Marco
  • St Mark’s basilica
  • Grand Canal
  • Gandola ride

Do as many or as few things in Venice.

Venice

Same as day 4.


Day 6

Rome

plane icon Venice to Rome

I recommend an early morning flight so that you have time for sight seeing in Rome.

Rome Day 1

Things to do in Rome

  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum


Day 7

Rome

Rome Day 2

More things in Rome

  • Pantheon
  • Gianicolo Hill
  • Trastevere (If you like vegetarian food, check out Banana Trash)

Rome

Same as day 6.


Day 8

Vatican

Vatican City

Do what everyone does in Vatican City.

train icon Rome to Cinque Terre

You can choose to disembark at any of the 5 towns in Cinque Terre.

Note: The town of Corniglia is quite a climb from the railway station.

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre consists for 5 small towns along the Italian coast. They are very well connected by train which runs every 15-20 mins. Staying in any of the towns is convenient for hiking and sight seeing.

Cinque Terre Hotels


Day 9

Cinque Terre

Hike Trail #2

We started from Monterosso heading south but you can start from either direction. The famous postcard views are between Monterosso and Vernazza. Check the National Park website for trail conditions. When we were there, trail was open only from Monterosso to Corniglia.

You can buy the National Park pass at any railway station. The trains run very frequently.

train icon Cinque Terre to Milan

Back to where we started.


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