Italy Adventure Travel Guide
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Italy is a boot-shaped peninsular and including the aforementioned islands, has a coastline and border of more than 4,600 miles. From the Alps in the north, the Apennine mountains continue south, almost spine-like. Glaciers, active volcanoes, valleys and stunning beaches present further aesthetic delights.
The climate varies widely throughout the country, snowy mountains in the winter, hot lowland valleys in the summer and mild winters in the coastal regions. The highest point is Monte Bianco de Courmayeur, at 4,748 metres; the lowest point is the Mediterranean Sea.
Downhill, mountain, street and urban backdrops are well covered in Italy. As with many other European countries, bombing around on two wheels is big news and can be taken very seriously. From the more challenging routes in the Apennine Mountains to the scenic and chilled routes around Lake Garda, you can participate in one-day city tours around Venice, Sicily and Pisa, or longer excursions around Florence and Tuscany.
Those more passionate about the sport can take full advantage of lodgings and practical bike hotels. But there is plenty of choice for groups and families with young children too. The major climatic differences from north to south may dictate when you visit. Summer is a popular time for those wishing to visit the northern mountains ranges or coastal areas.
The great thing about multi-adventure is just what the name suggests: multiple adventures! Multi-activity companies will have something on offer for everyone, regardless of age, fitness level and background.
At the foot of the Alpine arc stretches the vast Po Valley plain, cut down the middle by the river Po, the longest river in Italy stretching for 390 miles. This area provides a varied and testing landscape for those into whitewater rafting, canyoning and hydrospeeding.
The Alpine foothills in the north are home to several large lakes: Lake Maggiore and the lakes of Como, Iseo and Garda. Here the natural scenery is a real treat, to be enjoyed while kayaking, hiking, highrope walking and ziplining.
To beautifully complement this area's summer sports choices, the lush summer pastures and hills turn to snow in the winter, making available a different spectrum of sports.
The main rock climbing and sports climbing areas are in northern Italy, although there are still options in the south of the country, such as in Potenza. The Dolomites in the north have a choice of fantastic multi-pitch routes, some stretching up for 800 metres. Mixed in are an abundance of classic routes at all grades, many of which can be reached after a short walk from the road.
The annual Mello Blocco festival takes place in Val de Mello, northern Italy. This is a world-class bouldering area where a wide range of disciplines can be practiced on the granite, gneiss and limestone rock.
Sardinia is an oasis of rock climbing too, with many tempting crags across the island. Limestone sports routes, long multi-pitch routes and even bouldering on beautiful granite rock are all here to be enjoyed.
Sitting back on a pristine yacht in the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, there’s not much in life that will chill you out more. Recognised for its relaxing qualities, there is also a more exciting side to sailing. Many people looking to excel in sailing travel to Italy to take part in sailing courses, either around the coastline or the principal islands of Sicilia and Sardinia.
When sailing from Valledoria and Camponell Elba, you will come across unspoilt bays and secluded beaches. Quaint fishing villages are plentiful and a great place to stop off and sample local culinary delights. They all make an incredible backdrop and as such are great places to learn. Why not check out opportunities in Puntone di Scarlino or Palmero. Or just check out the dolphin trips and scuba excursions.