You can’t beat southern Italy in the spring – the winter rains have eased off and the summer heat and crowds haven’t descended yet. And you can’t beat the hiking in this region – from the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) on the stunning Amalfi Coast to the snowcapped peak of Mount Etna in Sicily, there are plenty of trails to keep an escursionista happy. Here we highlight some other southern Italian hiking gems.
The Aeolian Islands, a string of mainly seven volcanic islands off the coast of Sicily, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and feature some fantastic hiking. You can climb the volcanoes on the islands of Stromboli and Vulcano, watch lava flow and enjoy black sand beaches. Lipari and Salina offer climbs up Monte St Angelo and Monte Fossa Felci for sweeping views of the whole archipelago.
Calabria is the region in the ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot, and one of the least visited areas for foreign tourists. Yet, there are beautiful mountain trails to explore, including in Pollino and Aspromonte National Parks, and the new long distance hiking trails that have been created. Also, Calabria has a gorgeous coastline with sandy beaches to while away the non-hiking hours.
If you want to embark on Italy’s (arguably) toughest hike, then brush up on your abseiling skills and head to the island of Sardegna (Sardinia). The Selvaggio Blu (Wild Blue) hike, a multi-day adventure, traverses a remote part of Sardegna’s rugged coastline with a dazzling view of the sea throughout. If you want to just do normal hiking, there are plenty of mountain ranges to explore on the island.