Why SloWays?

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We are passionate advocates for the beauty of Slow Travel and have been designing active trips in Italy and Europe for more than 20 years. 

At SloWays, we specialize in self-guided walking tours along Via Francigena and great distance routes in Italy and Europe.
As the name suggests, self-guided trips do not provide for a group or a guide: you not only choose your own itinerary, but you can also decide on when to leave, who you want to travel with, what pace to keep, and many other little things that will make your holiday truly yours. 

Be inspired

If you haven't yet decided on a destination, try picturing your perfect vacation. Do you see sunny days, tranquil coastlines, or majestic mountains and lush meadows? Use these images as inspiration and explore our themed trips to find your ideal adventure!

Winter Sun Walking

Tenerife, in the Canary Islands

Laurel rainforests, vast deserts, lush wetlands, volcanic slopes in brilliant colors - this beautiful island has it all, and it's the perfect destination for the colder months. Nothing like climbing the Teide to warm you up! 

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In the Forests and on the Teide

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Alpujarras, Wild Andalusia

In the heart of Andalusia, the Alpujarras mountains offer an all-Mediterrenean landscape of white-washed villages and dramatic views; it's a lesser-seen Spain, perfect to hike in winter! 

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The charm of Sierra nevada

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Madeira, Flowers and Vulcanoes

From the fortified wine that takes the island's name to the botanical gardens, from the cuisine to the views from the trails suspended among the forests, everything on the island of Madeira is enchanting, even in Winter. 

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Where life is a delight 

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Tuscan Via Francigena

Who said that Tuscany can only be appreciated under the sun? Winter is a great time to walk Via Francigena, and actually most of it can be enjoyed in any time of the year.

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A joy for all seasons

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Dolomites & the Alps

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Our best-selling trip in the Dolomites, a classic hut to hut trail with some among the best views the region has to offer.

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The best views of the dolomites

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Val Maira, between Piedmont and France

Looking for an undiscovered gem? Here is an enchanting territory with Occitan charme, between Piedmont and France. 

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An undiscovered gem 

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Dolomites of Val Venosta

From Resia to Merano, a beautiful itinerary with great views on the glaciers of Ortles. 

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The Other Dolomites 

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Via Francigena from Great Saint Bernard

The first section of Italian Via Francigena, starting from the peaks of Great St Bernard and ending in the Roman city of Aosta. 

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Where it all begins 

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Tour de Mont Blanc

Three countries in one for a great traverse featuring the highest mountain of Europe. An epic trip, for mountain-lovers only. 


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The tour of three countries

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Coasts & Islands

Salento Coastal Route

One of Italy's most beautiful coasts, from Otranto to the iconic Punta Palascia lighthouse and down to Gagliano, with the sea as a constant companion, until the bright light and Baroque palaces of Lecce. 

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Lighthouses and Baroque palaces 

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Rota Vicentina, in Portugal

In the the Alentejo region among sleepy coastal villages, white sand dunes, breathaking beaches  paths among eucalyptus, wild flowers and nesting storks, on one of the great ocean trails. 

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walking on the ocean

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Azores and Sao Miguel

These tropical islands of great beauty have a volcanic heart and a nature that will satisfy any nature lover 

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Islands of flowers and fire 

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Santorini and Naxos, in Greece

The iconic great beauty of te Greek islands in one trip exploring Naxos and Santorini, to enjoy the active side of these enchanting destinations

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Iconic Greek islands 

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Walking Sardinia's Green Coast

Ancient mines, white beaches and islands in the island - this trip takes you to the Sulcis, a little-known destinations with much to offer to active travellers and lovers of the sea. 

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The beauty of south-west Sardinia

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More inspiration


Walking in the Chianti

Chianti is synonymous with fine wine, and this trip offers a delightful opportunity to confirm its well-deserved reputation (spoiler alert - it definitely lives up to it!). Walking along 'strade bianche' (white roads), meandering through vineyards, and heading towards picturesque hilltop towns, you'll experience the perfect way to work up an appetite. 

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Piedmont, from Barolo to Barbaresco

The symmetrical rows of vineyards cascading over the rolling hills of Piedmont are also the source of some of the finest wines in this wine-loving countr as well as truffles, hazelnuts, and freshly made tajarin pasta. This destination is an absolute paradise for both wine connoisseurs and food enthusiasts alike!

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Via degli Dei, Bologna to Florence

Traverse the divinely-named Mugello mountains on this captivating walking trail, which links two of Italy's most renowned art cities and culinary havens: Bologna and Florence. In less than a week, you'll journey from the savory delights of lasagne and tagliatelle al ragù to the rich flavors of Fiorentina steak and pici all'aglione. 

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UNESCO sites

Aeolian Islands

This tour takes you to the Aeolian Islands, in Sicily, each one with their own peculiarity, all connected through their identity of water and fire; from Lipari to Salina, from Stromboli to the beautiful city of Taormina, this tour also features majestic Mount Etna, another UNESCO heritage site. 

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Via Materana, the way to Matera
Italy or Holy Land?

 One of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world, Matera has the charm and look of the Holy Land - so much that it has often been chosen as a movie set; this trip starts from the sea of Bari and take you into Matera's sassi through peaceful Apulian towns getting lively as the sun sets, underground cities and a meditative countryside of centenary olive trees and gravel roads. 

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Ivrea, on Via Francigena
The typewriting centre of Italy

This Northern section of the Camino to Rome takes you through the rolling hills of Piedmont and into the Unesco-listed city of Ivrea, known for its Carnival - during which people throw oranges at each other with much gusto - and for the industrial village that was once home to the workers of Olivetti, an industry producing typewriters that made Ivrea the computing center of Italy for most of the 20th century. 

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Via Francigena, Siena to Buonconvento

Embarking on a walk through the clay landscapes of Val d'Orcia, just outside Siena, is like stepping into a lunar world. As you leave the artistic splendor of Siena behind, you are greeted by the rolling hills of Val d'Orcia, offering some of the most scenic views of your entire journey.

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Cammino di Oropa, in Piedmont
Untamed nature, one hour from milan

Wandering through the Alps of Biella, with its enchanting forests and ancient monasteries, leads you to one of Europe's largest Marian sanctuaries: the Cammino de Oropa. This exquisite journey, nestled in unspoiled nature just an hour from Milan, is a four-day walk suitable for all skill levels.

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Via Spluga, between Switzerland and Italy
The mountains north of Lake Como

Starting at the Swiss border and ending in the mountainous city of Chiavenna, this route is perfect for those wanting to pair a Lake Como retreat with a few days of mountain hiking. It's a compact yet fulfilling itinerary, leading to a village famed for its culinary heritage and enchanting historic center.

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Wanderlust Nominee Best Specialist Tour Operator 2023
Nominee Best Specialist Tour Operator 2023

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