Active Destination Spotlight: Italy

amalfi coast smallNot many countries combine the scenery, culture, food and wine, history and culture of Italy. But like so many countries, it’s many experiences in one. If you’ve only hit the “hot spots” such as Rome, Venice, the Amalfi Coast and Florence, there’s a whole new world of Italy awaiting you.

It’s a great choice for the active vacationer, particularly for walking/hiking and biking tours, as you can challenge yourself in, say, the mountains and lake district of the north (the Dolomites and southern part of the Alps) or look to more gentle hikes in Tuscany, north of Florence, or Puglia, in the “heel”. Ideal if you’re the type looking for 4-5 hours a day of activity. (A special note here: when we say 4-5 hours we mean in total. So you walk or bike for an hour, stop for a gelato or coffee, and continue on your way. Never all at once!)

Some of the cool “new” destinations within Italy include Sicily – a whole world of cuisine and ancient culture on its own – and the aforementioned Puglia area. Home to the fascinating “cave city” of Matera, the intriguing circular houses called trullis in Alberobello and the ancient and elegant cobblestone streets of Ostuni, the “white city”, it’s a picturesque corner of the world many have yet to explore.

Even better, your Vision travel advisor can combine one of these independent or small group tours with a stay in Rome or Venice or another large city – always worth a repeat visit and they never fade in their fascination and charm.

Some of our favourite operators to Italy include World Expeditions, Exodus and Intrepid. Lots of choice, lots of price points, endless memories.

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Veneto Bike & Barge

Chianti Walking and Wine Tour

Sicily, the Amalfi Coast & Rome Cruise