We wrote about the most beautiful walks to discover this year, officially the Italian National Year of Walk, and thanks to your feedback we have discovered many others, some of whom didn’t know about. It’s so true that in Italy there are thousands and thousands of itineraries to be discovered! Here are the most beautiful walks of Italy, those who can not wait to discover ourselves, that you readers have suggested:
1. From Manfredonia to Monte Sant’Angelo
Sergio Nocco suggests us this route in the Gargano National Park, along a pilgrimage route between ancient cathedrals and abbeys in a scenario of really incredible wild nature.
Where to stay: Not far from the itinerary, in one of the most famous towns of Gargano, there is a sustainable tourist resort, Green Garden, in Vieste.
2. The Path of the Wanderer
Giulia Stelitano leads us in northern Italy, in one of the most famous lakes of the peninsula. Through the wonderful Path of the Wanderer, we walk the eastern shore of Lake Como. 45 km among amazing views of the lake, steep slopes, charming villages, castles, and gardens are waiting for you: a mini-vacation of charm and adventure.
Where to stay: In Lecco the beautiful B&B alla Bonacina awaits you, a few steps from the lake and with 100% renewable energy.
3. Via Claudia Augusta
Maria recommended a route to unite Europe and we love the idea! The Via Claudia Augusta was Roman road dating back to the first century AD and is now a road to walk or cycle through three nations, along with landscapes and traditions that change every step. Historians are still trying to reconstruct exactly the path, which arrives in Trento, along the Valsugana or Verona, goes to Bolzano and Merano, through Austria, and arrive in Germany up in Donauwörth, shortly after the city of Augusta.
Where to stay: For an intermediate stage in Trentino, choose BLUM, a new farmhouse in green architecture that offers an excellent organic breakfast.
4. The Walk of the hills of Po
Dino Genovese told us about an emerging itinerary in Piedmont. Along the way we can admire three World Heritage sites (the Savoy residence of Moncalieri Castle, Sacro Monte of Crea, the wine landscapes of Monferrato), three regional natural protected areas, and lots of nature between Turin and Casale Monferrato (114 km) .
Where to stay: After traveling the entire way you’ll find EcO residence, just a few steps from the center of Casale Monferrato.
5. The Walk of the Gods
Dido informed us about a beautiful route along the Apennines that reflects mainly a road of Etruscan origin, then rebuilt by the Romans and used in the Middle Ages. The names was chosen for some of the places reached by the path like Mount Adonis, Venus Mountain, and Mount Luario. To complete the entire route (from Bologna and Florence) you need about five days, but the unspoiled nature will pay back.
Where to stay: Before leaving for the Way of the Gods, spend a night in one of the many eco-friendly accommodations in Bologna!
6. The Saint Francis Walk
Letizia Giacopelli has mentioned this itinerary to La Verna, in the heart of the Sacred Valley, in the National Park of Casentino Forests, chosen, among others, by St. Francis as a place of retreat and meditation. You will know the Rieti medieval shrines of Greccio, beautiful forests, and ancient villages.
Where to stay: on the way you can stay at the farmhouse Montemaggiore Bio, in the nature of Fassia.
Do you have other walks of Italy to suggest? Comment on this article and let’s discover Italy by foot!
Cover photo by Tomas Sobeo via Flickr