A trip to Italy may not feel complete without a visit to a world-famous art museum or a stroll through a field of Roman ruins, but there’s a side of Italy that’s beyond what the typical “culture vultures” have on their itineraries. Italy is an excellent destination for adventure travelers, too.
For as much as Italy travel guides focus on the cities, there’s quite a bit of Italy that’s ideal for a variety of outdoor activities, no matter what the season. Fair weather visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, horseback riding, sailing, road cycling, hang gliding, and snorkeling, just to name a few. In the winter, this mountainous country becomes a haven for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Whether your trip includes all adventure activities or a mix of food, culture, and adventure, there are undoubtedly tours to suit you. This is especially true if your preferred activity would require a bunch of gear that you don’t want to haul to Italy yourself – signing up for a tour means all the gear is provided, and all you need to do is show up.
Here are a few of the Italy adventure travel ideas you may find appealing:
Horse Riding in Chianti Day Trip from Florence – Spend a day out of the Renaissance capital of Florence, exploring the picturesque Tuscan countryside on horseback. The slow pace gives you a chance to truly soak in your surroundings, and the one-hour small group ride takes you through vineyards, after which you get to sit down to a Tuscan meal and wine tasting.
Tuscany Bike Tour from Florence – What better way to work up an appetite for a typical Tuscan lunch than by riding a bike through the surrounding hills? This small group tour guides you to Chianti from Florence with a stop at a wine estate for wine and olive oil tastings, as well as a stop for a hearty lunch. The pace is relaxing, but getting there under your own power totally justifies that extra helping of pasta.
Panoramic Bike Tour of Rome – Not all outdoorsy activities happen in the Italian countryside. You can explore the cities in an active way, too, with things like this 4.5-hour bike tour of Rome. This particular tour highlights all the best viewpoints in the city – and since it’s built on seven hills, you know you’re going to get in a little bit of a workout!
Guided Hike in Tuscany with Transport from Siena – This private guided full-day hike sets out from Siena and winds through Chianti vineyards and the Tuscan hills. You’ll visit the ancient walled town of San Gimignano and walk along the Via Francigena pilgrimage route, and your picnic lunch comes with a view overlooking vineyards and olive groves.
Dolomites Day Trip from Milan – From the bustling city of Milan you can escape for a full-day trip to explore the majestic Dolomites. This tour isn’t a hiking trip, but it gets you out into the fresh mountain air and gives you a chance to see some of the area’s natural attractions. You may just be intrigued enough to plan a return trip to hike through these gorgeous mountains, too.