Veneto

by Maria E. Bellini Where is the Veneto region? Towards northeastern Italy, just below Trentino-Alto Adige and Fruili-Venezia Giulia, lies Italy’s Veneto region. Westwards it borders with Lombardy, and southwards with Emilia-Romagna. It also shares a border with Austria. Although many people associate the Veneto region with the Dolomites, only about 30% of it is actually […]

Parco Nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco Emiliano

Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park This is one of Italy’s youngest 25 national parks. Designated in 2001 the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park covers the stretch of Apennine mountain ridges that joins Emilia-Romagna to Tuscany. In the video, the trails between Parma’s Berceto and Modena’s Lago Santo, along the Long Distance footpath the Alta Via Dei Parchi. By Aereisentieri […]

Welcome to Italy’s 25 National Parks

in the photo – Campo Imperatore in the Gran Sasso National Park There are more than 1000 protected areas throughout Italy. National, regional and interregional parks, nature reserves, wetlands, land and marine parks, that all present areas of outstanding environmental significance. With such an abundance of protected land across the whole of the country, it’s […]

Aosta Valley – Mountains, Nature and Trails

by Maria E. Bellini Where is the Aosta Valley? Tucked up in the most north western part of the country is Italy’s smallest region, The Aosta Valley – in Italian – Valle d’Aosta. Bordering with France and Switzerland, this region is characterized by it’s large mountains and dramatic valleys. The Aosta Valley has a strong […]

Val Grande – Wilderness in Piedmont

Words by Maria E. Bellini It’s hard to find an exact Italian counterpart for the word Wilderness. The word “selvaggio” means “wild” and can be used to describe a person, a situation – implicating that something has taken place outside a set of rules (it can be used beside the word ‘parcheggio ‘ giving us the […]

Piedmont – Mountains, Good Food & Wine

by Maria E. Bellini Where is Piedmont? Sprawled over the north-western part of Italy, sharing some of its mountains with France and Switzerland – Italy’s second largest region: Piedmont or Piemonte, as it’s called in Italian, also shares its borders with the Italian regions of Valle D’Aosta, Liguria and Lombardy, and for a tiny part with […]

Fall In Love With Lake Como

Lake Como – Enjoy Some Tantalizing Lakeside Adventures Italy on Trail THE FACTS: The lake is shaped like an upside down Y Lake Como is also known as Lake Lario in Italian It’s Italy’s deepest lake In its entirety, there are 100 miles of coastline Lake Como has some highly picturesque towns along its shore, with everything from […]

When Scenery is Glamorous – The Amalfi Coast

from Italy on Trail THE FACTS: Known in Italian as the Costiera Amalfitana – The Amalfi Coast is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site, simply because of its beauty and history. The area is known for its cliff-side scenery, which you will probably be familiar with from various travel websites and magazines! Where is The Amalfi Coast, and […]

Emilia-Romagna, Authentic and Plentiful

by Maria E. Bellini Where is Emilia-Romagna? Emilia-Romagna, one of Italy’s 20 regions is located in the top half of Italy. To the north of the region lies the flatlands that sprawl out around the River Po. The southern part is mountainous with the Po valley slowly giving way to soft hills that become the vast […]

The Duchy of Parma and Piacenza

Medieval Castles To Delight You by Maria E. Bellini THE FACTS: When you’re not on the trails, Italy offers so much to do and see that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Be it Nature Parks, historical hamlets, “The” destination cities or miles and miles of coast. If you’re after a slightly different angle with a […]

The Wonder of Lake Garda

Elegance Along the Shores and in the Hills Italy on Trail THE FACTS: Italy is a country which is packed with ‘must visit’ destinations, which we write about here, but one of the most famous of the natural landscapes is certainly Lake Garda. Along with Como, Garda is probably one of the world’s most famous […]

Orsomarso – Extreme Wilderness in the South of Italy

by Maria E. Bellini THE FACTS: Where in Italy? Seemingly complacent in the Pollino National Park of Calabria, lies the vast Orsomarso mountain range. With summits resting at an altitude of nearly 2000m above sea level. The Orsomarso, peacefully undisturbed, sprawls across 600 Square Kilometres of uninhabited wilderness. This remote area is covered by the […]

Cinque Terre

Five Enchanting Villages Joined By Sublime Trails by Maria E. Bellini THE FACTS: Where in Italy? Neatly tucked away in Italy’s Liguria region, the Cinque Terre are located just several miles east of La Spezia, one of Italy’s largest naval cities. The five main villages that make up the Cinque Terre are: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, […]

Dolomites – Lets get started

Dolomites at a Glance by Maria E. Bellini Where are they? The Italian Dolomites – the spectacular, vast mountain range is part of the Alps in north eastern Italy. Extending over three regions: Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, they attract thousands of adventure enthusiasts each year. The Dolomites are not to be considered as a continuous […]

Gargano – the Green Spur of Italy

by Maria E. Bellini Whereabouts is it? The Gargano is right at the top of the southern Italian region of Apulia in the province of Foggia. Seen from above, this knobbly promontory juts out into the sea, interrupting Italy’s long, almost-straight coastline, therefore earning it’s nickname of the “spur”. But it wasn’t always like this – […]

Walking on Capraia Island

by Maria E. Bellini Capraia Island, Livorno – Tuscany ABOUT THE AREA: Capraia island, is the third largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago. But don’t be fooled, it’s small! At just over 19 squared km, with only one really short road, it makes a great place for walking and running. The highest point in hilly […]

Off Trail! Rocchetta Mattei

by Maria E. Bellini When we wander off the Trails, we often come across some amazing places, which here at Italyontrail.com think are definitely worth a visit. This is the case with Rocchetta Mattei, nearby the Regional Park of Lakes Suviana and Brasimone, which is in the Emilia-Romagna region in central-northern Italy. “Laughter is timeless. […]

Capraia – a Gem, a Pearl, a Delight!

by Maria E. Bellini ABOUT THE AREA: The magical island of Capraia lies some 60k off the Tuscan coast. A relaxing ferry ride of just under three hours, will take you from Livorno, to this sparkling gem of an island that forms part of the seven islands that make up Tuscan Archipelago: Elba, Giglio, Giannutri, […]

Parco Regionale dei Laghi Suviana e Brasimone, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna

Two Immense Lakes in the Bolognese Apennines by Maria E. Bellini About the area Many major Italian cities are located just a short trip away from some incredible countryside! The city of Bologna, in the region of Emilia-Romagna, is one of these. Famed for its pillaring medieval towers, its ‘tortellino‘ navel-shaped stuffed pasta, for over 40km […]

Italy – 20 regions, all unique

101 Italy on Trail – The Basics! A Bit of History by Maria E. Bellini If you’ve visited different parts of Italy, you wouldn’t be misjudged if you privately considered the country to be made up of twenty, separate, smaller countries. Differences between regions can be huge. You may have noticed a strong regional pride […]