We’ve selected five of the best hiking trails and walking routes in Italy, using Wikiloc‘s GPS data to provide the most accurate trail maps.
They are all short-distance loop trails with an acceptable difficulty level, which makes them suitable for short breaks and day hikes, and for any kind of hiker or walker. You can download these GPS trails and waypoints from Google Maps.
Taou Blanc, near Alpe Pilocca (Piemonte)
Distance: 14 km – Uphill: 993 m – Downhill: 993 m – Time: 5:40/6:50 hrs
Mount Taou Blanc (3,438 m) is located in the Alps, along the ridge line that separates Valsavarenche and the Rhêmes Valley (Gran Paradiso National Park).
Monte Fumaiolo, near Sant’Alberico (Emilia-Romagna)
Distance: 14 km – Uphill: 582 m – Downhill: 582 m – Time: 4:40/5:50 hrs
Mount Fumaiolo (1,407 m) is a mountain of the northern Apennines. Thanks to its extensive fir and beech forests, this is an area of great natural interest.
Mirador Marmolada, near Passo Pordoi (Veneto)
Distance: 14 km – Uphill: 522 m – Downhill: 522 m – Time: 4:40/5:40 hrs
Located between the Sella group in the north and the Marmolada group in the south, the Pordoi Pass is one of the most important passes in the Dolomites.
Il Tracciolino, near Campo (Lombardia)
Distance: 13 km – Uphill: 733 m – Downhill: 733 m – Time: 4:40/5:40 hrs
This moderately difficult route crosses a protected nature reserve which includes Lake Mezzola and the area between it and Lake Como, called Pian di Spagna.
Vallesinella di Sotto, near Palù (Trentino-Alto Adige)
Distance: 11 km – Uphill: 797 m – Downhill: 797 m – Time: 4:20/5:20 hrs
Not far from Madonna di Campiglio, this small valley in the Brenta Group is renowned for its gorgeous waterfalls (Cascate Alte, di Mezzo, and di Sotto).
Best time to go to Italy: Apr-Jun and Sep-Oct
Backpacker cost per day: 69 USD = 64 EUR
For more inspiration, check out our Italy Travel Guide.
Sources: some text excerpts from Wikipedia; GPS data from Wikiloc.