The best way to live in and enjoy the Italian mountains are the backpacking trips called “Alta Via”.
They are high altitude trails (up to 3000 metres) that you can hike from hut to hut in multi-days trips sorrounded by Nature and alpine landscapes of extraordinary value. The trails are always signposted and they are adapt to all hikers who have an essential equipment and knowledge about the mountains.
What are you waiting for? Just prepare your backpack and get inspired by our favourites Alta Via.
Lenght: 192 km
Duration: 17 days
Altitude difference: 14000 m
Location: Italy, Valle d’Aosta / Donnas (AO) > Courmayer (AO)
The Alta Via n.1 of the Valle d’Aosta is also called “Alta Via of the Giants” as it runs at the bottom of the higher massifs of the Alps: Monte Rosa, Cervino and Mont Blanc. The route crosses all the lateral valleys on the northern Valle d’Aosta, from the Lys Valley to the Valtournenche, from the Val Ferret and the Gran San Bernando valley.
Along the way, which remains in a medium altitude of 2000 among pastures, meadows, wood and scree, you can see some important witnesses of the rural architecture related to the life in the mountain pastures. The trails are well signposted and, at every syep, it is also possible to go down in the nearest village to use the services here or to stop walking if needed.
Lenght: 500 km
Duration: 7 days
Altitude difference: 38000 m
Location: Italy, Piemonte / Valdieri (CN)> San Giacomo di Entracque (CN)
The Re Alta Via dei Re is a backpacking 7-days route located in the Natural Park of the Maritime Alps which crosses the Massif of Argentera. The route remains at quite high altitude and exceeds in some point also up the 3000 m altitude but along the trail you will see great glacial lakes, panoramic views, dark rocks, savage valleys and the typical alpine fauna.
The places crossed by the route were frequented, for almost a century, by the Savoia royal family; we have witnesses of this presence expecially from the great heritage of hunting lodges, mule tracks and trails we can see along the way.
Lenght: 170 km
Duration: 13 days
Altitude difference: 11000 m
Location: Italy, Trentino Alto-Adige and Veneto / Bressanone (BZ) > Feltre (BL)
The Alta Via 2 of the Dolomites crosses three different provinces – Bolzano, Trento and Belluno – eight Dolomite groups and 30 passes, always remaining among the 2.000 and 3.000 metres. The 13 adventure days let you hike among the most famous Dolomite groups, from to the Odle group, Sella, Marmolada and up to the Pale di San Martino and the savage Vette Feltrine.
It is called the “Route of the Legends” as you can walk through places famous for ancient tales: from the fantastic rocks of the Odle, which is the mitical reign of the characters of traditional and old sagas or the glacial valleys on the Feltre peaks populated by devils, witches and orcs, based on the popular fantasy.
Lenght: 85 km
Duration: 7 days
Altitude difference: 3345 m
Location: Italy, Lombardia / Breno (BS) > Mù (BS)
The Adamello Alta Via remains always at high altitude and develops completely on the eastern side of the Val Camonica by crossing from north to south the major mountains of the Adamello group. Pay attention, along the route some passagges are considered more difficult and for experienced climbers.
Between 1915 and 1918 the territory of the Adamello Brenta, between 1915 and 1918, was the theatre of some events during the First World War (called “White War” in the mountains). For this, while hiking the Alta Via you can see also some ruins of military settlements (trenches, walls or caves) of that period.
Lenght: 500 km
Duration: 27 days
Altitude difference: 34000 m
Location: Italy, Emilia Romagna, Toscana e Marche / Berceto (PR) > Carpegna (PU)
The Alta Via dei Parchi is the main backpacking route which crosses the Apennines and it developes among three regions (Emilia-Romagna, Toscana and Marche) and 8 parks or protected areas with naturalistic value.
You can reach up 2000 m altitude in the Tuscany-Emilia Romagna area with a beautiful view on the Alps and the Tyrrenhian Sea and then cross the “Romagna Toscana” by going up along the main ridge and go down again towards the Tuscany and visit also important monasteries or places of faith, such as Camaldoli and La Verna. After a last ascent on the peak of the Monte Carpegna, the route ends directly in the Marche region.