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Incredible views and enchanted villages from the Alps to the Apennines: Italy's mountains are the perfect destination for those seeking a change of scenery and unspoilt nature

Taking a mountain holiday in Italy means experiencing an adventure immersed in nature. Whether you're sporty, an experienced hiker or simply love clean air and tranquillity, come and discover the mountains in every season: only stunning landscapes await you.
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Outdoor and nature 4 seasons: Piedmont is the experience you don't expect

Outdoor and nature 4 seasons: Piedmont is the experience you don't expect

The Great Crossing of the Alps, known as the GTA, is a long-distance, medium-difficulty hiking route to be undertaken on foot, which runs along the Pennine, Graian, Cottian and Maritime Alps, as far as the valleys of the Ligurian Alps. In Piedmont, the GTA route covers 1,000 km and is divided into 55 stages, starting from Viozene, in the Ligurian Alps, and ending at Molini di Calasca, in the Anzasca Valley, in the Verbano Cusio Ossola region. A spectacular alpine trek for lovers of slow tourism and wildlife watching between valleys, villages and alpine lakes in wild landscapes along paths and mule tracks, all signposted and certified by CAI (Club Alpino Italiano), which make it possible to pass from valley to valley crossing the most accessible passes. Each stage involves 5 to 8 hours of walking. The recommended period is from mid-June to September, when (except for seasonal exceptions) there is no snow and all the places and shelters are accessible and open. All trails are identified by white and red signs, as well as metal flags with the GTA logo. At the end of each stage, you will find GTA accommodation or Italian Alpine Club mountain huts. Loop routes are also connected to the GTA, allowing you to start and return to your starting point. Departure Rivetti Mountain Hut 13811 Andorno Micca (BI) Arrival Barbara Lowrie Mountain Hut 10060 Bobbio Pellice (TO) Zone: Biella Valsesia Vercelli, Turin Departure: Andorno Micca Arrival: Bobbio Pellice Distance: 221.00 km Hiking time: 140 hours Departure height: 2,200 m Arrival height: 1,765 m Climb difference: 25,800 m Descent difference: 26,700 m Difficulty: Medium
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Baveno

Baveno, where the sunsets are even more romantic. Nestled among green hills sloping gently down to the waters of Lake Maggiore, Baveno is a Piedmontese municipality in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola of about 5,000 inhabitants. The ancient village, rich in history, tradition and culture, is enriched by a splendid view of the Borromean Islands and the breathtaking and evocative panorama makes Baveno a jewel of peace and relaxation. The village, located along the Via Severiana Augusta that connected Milan with the Sempione Pass and known for its low-mineral waters and pink granite quarries, was already an important commercial hub in ancient times and a crossroads of art and culture, as evidenced by the 5th-century Baptistery and the Romanesque parish church of SS. Gervasio and Protasio. Walking along the narrow streets of Domo and Baitone, the two districts that make up the historic centre of Baveno, it is possible to admire suggestive views as far as the lake, where a romantic walk along the lakefront offers visitors a beautiful panorama of the Borromean Islands. Over the centuries, this unique place has attracted more and more visitors, including illustrious ones, who have wanted to take up residence here: Villa Fedora, Villa Branca, Casa Morandi, Villa Durazzo, are just a few of the many marvellous residences that adorn the Piedmont shore of the lake and that, since the mid-19th century, have hosted numerous internationally renowned personalities. With a host of trails to visit, Baveno has plenty of opportunities for visitors to discover its history and culture as they stroll through fragrant flower-filled parks and picturesque streets with unique views in a calm and romantic setting.
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Dobbiaco

The gateway to the Dolomites “A splendid place, ideal for regenerating the body and the spirit”: this is how Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler described Dobbiaco. A UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in Alta Pusteria thanks to its artistic and natural beauty, it is considered the gateway to the Dolomites because of the trails that lead from the village to the ski lifts and mountain huts in the area. Walking through the village centre, be sure to stop at Herbstenburg Castle, behind the parish church. In its five 15th-century chapels, the oldest Stations of the Cross in Tyrol is preserved. We also recommend planning a visit to the Grand Hotel, one of the most popular haunts of high society in the last century and now a cultural centre that hosts musical concerts and exhibitions. Other noteworthy events include the Dolomiti Balloonfestival, the International Choir Festival and the Dolomiti Superbike. Lake Dobbiaco, surrounded by two nature parks, the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park and the Three Peaks Nature Park, is a true jewel among South Tyrol’s mountain lakes. You can enjoy a pleasant walk around the whole lake for a couple of hours. Along the trail, you will find eleven learning stations that provide adults and children alike with interesting facts about the local flora and fauna. The lake is well-known among birdwatchers, who can admire rare breeds of migratory birds in spring and autumn. Meanwhile, in summer, you can enjoy an excursion on a rowing boat or pedalo. In winter, you can try your hand at curling or skating on its icy surface. Lake Dobbiaco is also home to the Alta Pusteria cross-country ski track that leads to Cortina.
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Aosta Valley

The Aosta Valley is a paradise for visitors seeking outdoor experiences in nature while exploring history and traditions The smallest region in Italy, dotted with the highest peaks in the Alps, it is the ideal destination for anyone who enjoys winter sports and high-altitude walks. Its green valleys and fairy-tale castles make the Aosta Valley an enchanting place to experience all year round.

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Piedmont

Piedmont is sure to enchant you with its mountains, hills, typical flavours and uniquely elegant cities An extraordinary heritage of art and history, culture and nature, characterises Piedmont, a region with a thousand faces, one more interesting than the other: cities of rare elegance, mountains that lend themselves to splendid skiing or walking, fascinating villages, hills that are among the best known in the world for their extraordinary wine production.

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Lombardy

Lombardy: a dynamic land immersed in the present and reaching toward the future, but with an extraordinary heritage of art and nature Lombardy is a region in the north of Italy known for its industry and finance, of course, but also for its art and extraordinary landscapes, starting with the picturesque lakes and its mountains, Valcamonica and Valtellina in primis. Capital and symbolic city, Milan represents the industrious heart that goes hand in hand with other cities with a vibrant spirit.

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Trentino

Trentino is sure to amaze you with its immense natural heritage, the spectacular splendour of the Dolomites and fascinating sites steeped in history Discover Trentino’s culture of slow travel, taking the time to savour every corner among nature and cultural trails and educational farms. You will find hundreds of hotels offering wellness centres for truly relaxing holidays for the whole family in some of Italy's most beautiful villages, set in unique landscapes.

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South Tyrol

Alto Adige is a dream place to discover all year round amidst green valleys and snow-capped peaks Combine the relaxation of spa treatments with the pleasure of fun in the snow for a real wellness boost amidst Alpine lakes, beautiful villages and state-of-the-art ski facilities suitable for all ages. All this and more in the majestic scenery of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Alto Adige.

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Veneto

Veneto, a region of wonder, with cities of art of undisputed beauty, as well as the most pristine nature The beauty of Lake Garda, the charm of the Dolomites, the sea of Jesolo, the hills covered with vineyards and the relaxing thermal baths, on top of an immense artistic and historical heritage, elegant cities such as Venice and Verona, quaint villages and breathtaking landscapes. Veneto is all this and much more.

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Friuli-Venezia Giulia Friuli Venezia Giulia: a treasure chest nestled between sea and mountains A border region sandwiched between the Friulian Dolomites and the Upper Adriatic, blessed with an immense cultural heritage resulting from the influence of different cultures and peoples, cosmopolitan and modern, Friuli Venezia Giulia will also seduce you with its temptations of relaxation, sport and fun.

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Liguria

Tucked-away villages, secret little beaches and superb nature: how enchanting Liguria is! Liguria is a wonderful strip of land enclosed between the sea and the mountains, with pastel-coloured houses and breathtaking views. With lush unspoilt nature, many small towns to discover and an incomparable culinary tradition, it enraptures the eye and the heart.

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Emilia-Romagna

Emilia Romagna, a region of unrivalled charm, with immense artistic beauty and unparalleled hospitality Emilia Romagna with its Riviera Romagnola offers beach tourism that attracts families and young people to its shores every summer. Rich in sites of historical and cultural interest, this region boasts a world-renowned wine and food tradition. Skilful hospitality does the rest, making Emilia Romagna an ideal holiday destination in every season. Video credits: Oliver Astrologo

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Tuscany

Tuscany will win you over with its unique landscapes, cities of art, thousand-year-old history and fantastic food Tuscany’s magical atmosphere evolves day by day as you stroll around the cities of art, cycle in the parks, enjoy the sea or savour its typical products, in a region with a one-of-a-kind natural, cultural and historical heritage that has fascinated visitors for centuries.

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Umbria

From Assisi to Perugia, via Gubbio, Lake Trasimeno and Marmore Falls: Umbria is a truly enchanting tourist destination Peaks covered in lush forests and large valleys outlined by rivers, lakes and waterfalls; sorrounded by villages and castles, crossed by paths steeped in history, art and culture, in a natural environment that helps to restore the body and soul: Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy, is all this and much more.

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