Adventurous Italy

The best of Italy's hiking, biking, white water rafting and more...

This article, written by Kerry Christiani, appears on The Independent.

Travel guide to… Active holidays in Italy

In the second of our three-part Italy series, produced in association with Lonely Planet, Kerry Christiani selects the best ways to explore the spectacular landscape, from hiking and biking to windsurfing and white water rafting

Strike out into Italy’s wilderness and it becomes clear that the country’s appeal extends way beyond Renaissance art and plates of pasta. Mother Nature had one of her finest moments here: from the snow-frosted Alps in the north to Tuscany’s shaggy olive groves, where cicadas drone at dusk, and the south’s volcanic craters and grottoes shimmering opalescent in the heat haze.

From the top to the high heel of Italy, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors. The Alps, skirting the northwest, are among Europe’s tallest and sunniest, with the bonus of family-run trattorias for post-ski feasts after a morning on the slopes. Rippling northeast are the Dolomites, with grey-stone turrets rising like natural fortifications. Read more at The Independent…

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