walkers on mountain side path in northern italy
walkers on mountain side path in northern italy

Our Hiking Tours in Northern Italy

On the Mountains and Around the Lakes, in Unesco Heritage Landscape

First of all, the mountains: Alps and Dolomites, marking borders and shining of staggering beauty. The best hut to hut hikes are to be found in Northern Italy.

But it's not just about the Dolomites up here. Take St. Bernard, the starting point of the Italian Via Francigena, or Como, where you'll find a treasure trove of opulent villas and gardens, all surrounded by a bounty of walking trail.

 

If you love wine, Piedmont is the place to be - you'll walk among the rolling hills and vineyards producing some among the best labels Italy has to offer. 

Top Trips

Alta Via, in the Dolomites


The iconic Dolomites
An iconic landscape of the dolomites in northern Italy

A marvelous journey along one of the most beautiful and iconic routes in the Dolomites, the Alta Via. You'll walk from hut to hut, captivated by heavenly views and pampered by the simple yet warm hospitality of the refuges where you end your day's trek; snow-covered or silvery peaks set against the blue sky, lush green meadows, and breathtaking views.

The Alta Via of Fanes and Sennes in the Dolomites

The two sides of Lake Como


Two sides, two trips
Aerial view of Como Lake in northern Italy

A lake, two shores: we take you to explore both, discovering two sides of the same lake.

The journey on the west coast takes you through the mountains and forests of Lario, but also to villages along the lake, on the Via Claudia that leads to Porlezza, amidst villas and glamour.

The Sentiero del Viandante, on the other hand, follows the lesser-known East coast. This route goes from Lecco up to Colico, at the gateway to Val Chiavenna, offering wonderful views of the lake.

 

Journey on Lake Como, between lake and mountains

Journey on the Sentiero del Viandante

Italian Via Francigena, from Great St Bernard


From the Alps to the plains
Spectacular peaks of the St. Bernard Pass northern Italy

In Italy, the Via Francigena begins at the Great St. Bernard Pass: the first week-long section stretches from the alpine lake at the pass, on the border with Switzerland, to Ivrea. This initial part of the route includes the Roman city of Aosta, peaceful mountain villages, wineries producing the most famous Valdostan wines, castles, and ancient Gallic roads leading to Ivrea. This charming city, with a predominantly industrial past, is the birthplace of Olivetti and hosts the annual Orange Carnival.

The Via Francigena, from the Great St. Bernard Pass to Ivrea

Piedmont, Mountains and Vineyards


All sides of Piedmont
Barolo's Langhe vineyards unveil a stunning sunset Northern Italy

Piedmont is a region with many souls - you can explore its vineyards, home to wines envied around the world, or move from the hills to the mountains and discover the enchanting Val Maira, bordering France. You can also traverse the Piedmontese Via Francigena, passing through Lake Viverone and the Biellese area, or follow the Oropa Path up to one of the largest Marian sanctuaries in Europe.

Journey in Val Maira

The Piedmontese Via Francigena

The Cammino di Oropa

Among the Vineyards of Barolo and Barbaresco

Highlights

  • Cammino di Oropa: Immerse yourself in spirituality and nature on the Cammino di Oropa, a pilgrimage route through forests and mountain landscapes.
  • Landscape of Barolo and Barbaresco: Explore the hills of the Langhe, renowned for their Barolo and Barbaresco vineyards, combining rejuvenating walks with tastings of fine wines.
  • Val Maira: Venture into Val Maira, an off-the-beaten-path area extraordinary for its alpine trails, historic villages, and wild nature.
  • Diverse Landscapes: Discover the variety of Piedmont's landscapes, from vine-covered hills to alpine trails, a perfect blend of culture, nature, and gastronomy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Northern Italy difficult to explore?

We have a great variety of hiking tours in Northern Italy, responding well to different needs and fitness levels. Some walking tours are more adventurous and require good stability and previous hiking experience, some others are perfect for beginners. We hughly suggest that you check the trip page specific to the tour you are interested in to know more about it. 

What is the best time to embark on a walking trip in Northern Italy?

It depends on the kind of trip you are interested in: if you are looking forward to a hiking holiday in the mountains - for example the Dolomites - you should consider Summer season, June to September. For other destinations, Spring (April-June) and autumn (September-October) are ideal times, thanks to the pleasant weather and fewer crowds. November is generally still nice, with warm temperatures. Every trip page specifically mentions the best time to do that specific trip. 

What kind of landscapes can I expect while hiking in Northern Italy?

We have a very wide offer of walking tours, each offering a different side to Northern Italy, from the lakes to the mountains, to countryside paths and the vineyards of Piedmont. We highly suggest that you carefully check the description for each tour to decide which tour better fits the scenery you would be more interested in seeing. 

How do I book a walking holiday in Northern Italy?

If you've got your eye on a Northern Italy hiking tour that ticks all your boxes, you have two options.

You can book your trip by: 

1. Sending us an email at info@sloways.eu or giving us a call on (+39) 0552340736. We'll ask for some basic information about your trip, such as the number of people traveling, your preferred departure date, and any special requests you may have.

2. Using our online calculator to receive a provisional price for your chosen tour. You'll find it on each trip page. If you're happy with the estimate, send a request to our office and we will respond to proceed with the reservation. The final price of your trip will be confirmed once we've checked hotel availability.

What kind of accommodations can I expect along the hiking trails of Northern Italy?

We provide accommodations in B&Bs, farmhouses, and 3-star hotels, all with private rooms and bathrooms. These accommodations blend comfort with authenticity, allowing you to fully immerse in the Italian walking trip experience

Are tour guides available when hiking in Northern Italy?

All our Northern Italy packages are self-guided holidays, which means there is no group or guide. Travelers go on their own adventures through the region using detailed documentation provided by our experts. We'll take care of the logistics of your trip, though, including booking your accommodation and transporting your luggage

Our trips

Book with SloWays

Say 'yes' to the call to adventure and embark on our self-guided hiking holiday in Northern Italy. 

We believe hiking tours are the best way to experience Europe and here are just a few reasons why you should book one with SloWays:

 

  • Satisfied customers: Our holidays come highly rated on  Feefo, where you can read about some of the fantastic getaways holidaymakers have experienced with us.
  • Sustainable travel: Sustainability is at the heart of every hiking tour we offer and we're always looking for low-impact ways of traveling – that's why we're Travelife Certified. 
  • SloWays expertise: With  over 20 years of experience designing fantastic walking trips under our belt, we know what walkers want and always deliver.
  • Sensational experiences: Comfy accommodations, detailed itineraries, and customizable holiday packages are crafted to show you everything the region has to offer. 

Your next walking adventure is waiting. Contact us today to get started on your booking.


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