Top 10 Activity Holidays in Italy

Italy is a paradise for all outdoor lovers – so, if you are looking for something a bit different with a mix of culture and action, here are the top ten of favourite activity holidays in Italy:

Footpaths and Flavours of Liguria

The Beautiful sights of the cliff-hanging Cinque Terre, are only accessible by sea, rail or on foot, this eight-day holiday based in Moneglia, along the coast of Cinque Terre, uses trains, and boats, to visit quaint villages, harbours and islands. The five key regions are visited over two days, walking from one piazza to the next over steep olive-lined footpaths and vineyard terraces.

A Picture of Italy

Castello di Petroia is a new four-star hotel, situated in an ancient hilltop fortress near Perugia with wonderful views to capture on canvas. The week is a relaxed blend of painting tuition (from British artist Charles Mitchell) and walking trails, with visits to picturesque Gubbio and the ancient walled city of Urbino.

Sicily from the Water

A raltively new tour in the east Sicily offers several opportunities for water-based activities. Including snorkelling excursion by boat to Isola Bella Marine Park and a sea trip kayaking. The tour allows plenty of swimming and a cycling trip through the Sicilian countryside with a trek up the slopes of Mount Etna. This is definitely a top ten activity holiday in Italy.

Matera, on Foot and by Zip Wire

Probably this is best top ten activity holiday in Italy – The “Flight of the Angel” which is an 80mph zip wire ride that stretches for just under a mile between two remote villages in the “Dolomiti Lucane”, a fabulous mountain range of Basilicata. You can combine your holiday with trekking in the stunning Parco della Murgia.

Cycling in Piedmont

This is an amazing cycle tour of the region from historic town to another historic town via medieval castles and distracting wine-tasting opportunities. You cycle for four days, with no transfer longer than 26 miles, enjoying evening meals – two of them in a Michelin-starred restaurant!

Hiking in the Sorrento Peninsula

This top ten activity holiday in Italy is a fantastic seven night walking tour along the “Sorrento Peninsula” aimed at confident walkers which takes in the “Path of the Gods” right above Positano, which is a dramatic ridge walk to the peninsula’s southern tip, Punta Campanella, and a choice of various routes on Capri.

Mountain adventures (and pampering) in South Tirol

Here you can spend your days being pampered in the spa or relaxing by the warm infinity pool at the Adler Mountain Lodge! Or you can take, long hiking, horse riding, climbing or mountain biking trails, or even outdoor yoga and cardio-fitness classes.

Wild swimming in the Apennines

The Pietrapazza in the Casentino Forests National Park are crystalline pools of rock smoothed over the ages by quick-flowing water with little waterfalls and great slabs of rock for sunbathing and very exciting swimming.

Riding in Sardinia

If you are passionate about horses, this is the place for you! South of Oristano, Arborea is home to one of Sardinia’s best equestrian centres. They offer packages for riders of all levels. Situated right by the sea, the hotel complex is fabulous for excursions along the scenic beaches or in the gorgeous pinewoods.

Lake Garda for teenagers

This is a six-day trip to Italy’s Lake Garda that is fantastic for parents who have teenagers. From a lakeside hotel, the kids can do a host of organised activities for any level, from stand-up paddle boarding and windsurfing to dinghy sailing. There are options for family bike riding and a daytrip to fabulous Venice.