Great Hikes and Cuisine of Northern Italy

Lombardia, Piemonte, Emilia-Romagna, and the Veneto

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 2+ (Moderate) according to our trip grading system. While we do not see major elevation gain or loss, you will need to be comfortable hiking 6 miles a day and being on your feet for up to 4 hours a day. Hiking days are varied, with some very light days on flat country paths and some more challenging days. Trail conditions, weather, and the group’s level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

Average Hiking Day
• 4 miles
• 2-3 hours
• 300 feet gain/loss

Challenge Day
• Day 6: 6 miles, 3.5 hours, 700 feet gain/loss

Terrain

Our walks and hikes traverse a variety of terrains, from flat trails alongside a river to paved paths to mountain trails with occasional short, steep sections. You will need to be comfortable hiking on uneven surfaces including downhill over loose scree.

Weather

The weather in northern Italy in May, September, and October ranges from the low-70s°F during the day to the mid-40s°F at night, with cool winds and showers possible at any time.

Accommodations

We spend our nights in picturesque inns, full of charm and character, and comfortable hotels in exquisite settings. All accommodations are chosen for their local history and central locations. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.

Cuisine

Meals will be taken at the hotels where we are staying or at restaurants in nearby towns. Some of our meals will be 8-9 courses and may take up to three hours. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

Transportation

Our support vehicle will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transfering that day).

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.