Walks of Italy: the top-4 of the most beautiful trails in Italy
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«Discovering the wonders of Italy from different points of view: this is the intent of 4 Walks of Italy, which, from the Amalfi coast to the Apennines, show us a different face of our country»
If last week we talked about the most romantic streets of Rome, today we show you the most particular walks of Italy, which, with their viewpoints, make the Belpaese even more wonderful. Passing through the splendid sea of Sardinia, up to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, we will discover together the most curious paths in Italy, which will show us all the beauties of the Boot, looking at it from a different perspective.
The # Cammino100torri: the bare and raw Sardinia
Surely the # Cammino100torri deserves a place in the TOP-4 of Italy’s most enchanting Italian walks. This path runs through the whole circumnavigation of Sardinia, and will fully show you all its mineral riches, its inhabitants and all the riparian peoples, as the # Cammino100torri never goes far from the coast. During one of the best walks of Italy you will truly discover all of Sardinia’s secrets, passing through both the west and east coasts: before your eyes you will see white beaches alternating with granite ones, dunes, pristine landscapes and fantastic views.
The # Cammino100torri is a fantastic path in the true sense of the word: it will fully immerse you in the magic of the wildest parts of Sardinia, transporting you in a world that seems to be mythological. The strong point of the path are certainly the coastal towers of Sardinia, from which it also takes its name: in fact, these defense systems, that have existed since the Middle Ages, make the Sardinian terrain even more legendary, and catapult you into a real journey back in time. Immerse yourself in this real magic, between culture, towers, churches and especially so much sea, which, with its noise and its breeze, will accompany all of your # Cammino100torri, through which you will discover a bare and raw Sardinia.
This path originates from the will of walkers and pilgrims, and it was also conceived to be traveled by bicycle (if you are a bike lover, click here!). The # Cammino100torri is a route that unravels for 1284 km along the coasts of Sardinia, and is an extraordinary project launched by the Associazione Cammino 100 towers. You can find more info on the official website.
The Path of the Gods on the Amalfi Coast
If with the previous itinerary we went back to the Middle Ages, with the Path of the Gods we dive fully into Ancient Greece, that remote era of extraordinary splendor of the Mediterranean. This path is one of those Italian walks that has not been tainted at all by the hand of man, and will make you fully discover the extraordinary beauty of the Amalfi Coast, one of the best walks of Italy, reknowned all over the world.
The Trail of the Gods unravels for 10 km and it starts from Agerola, from the district of Bomerano, a fraction of beautiful Positano. The sea and the fantastic panorama truly are the cherry on this walk, where, in addition to being enchanted by the scenic beauty of the place, you will also hear the echo of Greek legends and mythologies, which once invaded this area. It is not by chance that the name of the path derives from the legend according to which this path was the road that the Greek gods traveled to save Ulysses from the sirens.
With its landscape and cultural richness, the Path of the Gods has inspired the minds of many poets and writers, Italians and foreign. In fact, at the beginning of the path there is a ceramic plaque with two quotes: one is by Italo Calvino: “that road suspended on the magical gulf of the “Sirens” still furrowed today by memory and myth “; and the second is from the English writer Lawrence, who spoke this way of the Path of the Gods :” This is the landscape that, from the top of the Path of the Gods, opened to our gaze: it is the scenery of that extreme loop of the Amalfi Coast that looks westwards, towards the island of Capri, that steep, muggy coast, with the crystalline mountains where the gods of today are abandoned and a lost, Mediterranean, anterior self is discovered again » .
Via degli Abati of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines
The route of the Via degli Abati winds from Pavia, passes through Bobbio and arrives at Pontremoli, crossing part of the territory of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, passing through the provinces of Piacenza, Parma, Massa Carrara along a route of about 190 km. This route winds along the path of the Abati di San Colombano and ever since the 17th century it was the shortest route that connected Pavia to Lucca, in the direction of Rome. The Via degli Abati also touched the abbey of Bobbio, where the pilgrims from France and the British Isles passed to venerate the remains of San Colombano; the abbots of Bobbio followed this route to go to the pontiff, from whom the abbey directly depended.
This extraordinary and ancient itinerary was rediscovered in the late ’90s by Giovanni Magistretti, a member of the Via degli Abati Association, and was published in May 2011 in a Cartoguide of the Via degli Abati.
If before we talked about the most beautiful walks of Italy that wind around the sea, the Via degli Abati is instead a route that is articulated along the Apennines, and that takes us back to those medieval times, conveying all its religious weight. A silent path, suitable for a sort of spiritual journey aimed at finding oneself, among the extraordinary countryside of our country. A path where you can discover history, culture, good food and the Appenino in its most natural and uncontaminated part. On the official website of the Association Via degli Abati you will find all the necessary info, as well as suggestions for where to eat and sleep.
The tour of Tre Cime di Lavaredo
In the top 4 of the best walks of Italy the Dolomites could not be left out: mountain lovers report for duty! The tour of the Tre Cime is one of the most popular alpine excursions, and allows you to fully enjoy all the richness and beauty of this vast landscape. The starting point of this 9.5 km long loop is the Auronzo refuge at 2.320m above sea level, proceeding towards the east, and you reach the Lavaredo lodge and the Lavaredo ‘fork’, from where you can admire the view on the Northern walls of the imposing peaks, which will leave you breathless.
From here the full path continues towards the Locatelli lodge, where you will find another magnificent view of the 3 giants of the Dolomites. You then proceed in the direction of Malga Lunga, where you will find the little lakes of the 3 peaks, made not only to be admired, but also to cool off after this beautiful walk. Eventually you will return to the starting point.
This spectacle, especially if you are a mountain lover, is truly unmissable: the 3 peaks of Lavaredo are considered among the most famous and beautiful natural wonders of mountaineering, and are some of the best known mountains in the world, and it’s not hard to understand why.
On VivoDolomiti you will find the detailed itinerary.
Cover photo: By Mihael Grmek [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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