Thanks to the variety of its landscapes, which in some places go from high mountain peaks to coastlines overlooking lakes and seas with clear waters, Italy offers the ideal setting to engage in many outdoor activities. From bicycle touring to mountain bike itineraries through some of the most evocative scenery on the Peninsula, such as the Dolomites, the plains that cross Emilia-Romagna, the smaller islands off the coast of Sicily, or the bike paths that run along the main cities of art, Italy has something to suit every lifestyle and every passion. Not to mention the many paths scattered from North to South, which allow you to discover the beauty of the place in the silence of nature.
It is no coincidence that the numbers of outdoor tourism in Italy are constantly growing. The possibility of exploring the territory from a new perspective and practicing, at the same time, one's favorite sport is in fact a plus that is increasingly appreciated by those who want to enjoy an unconventional trip or vacation.
Lovers of skiing and winter sports, for example, are spoilt for choice among the main ski areas in the Alps in Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta and Lombardy, the Dolomites in Veneto and Trentino Alto-Adige and the gentler slopes of the Apennines in Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Abruzzo, perfect for expert skiers and beginners. But the mountain landscapes are also the scene, both in the warm months and in winter, of trekking and walks in the name of slow tourism, away from the bustle of the city, surrounded by nature and landscapes of yesteryear.
Conversely, those who have a weakness for water sports can try their hand at windsurfing or water skiing on the adrenaline-filled shores of Lake Garda, rafting and canyoning along rapids and torrents, or dive, in the summer months in the waters off Sicily, Sardinia or Puglia for a snorkeling session to discover the beauty of the seabed. The hot air balloon, to admire landscapes and villages from above, horseback riding through paths in the green, but also between vineyards and rolling hills, up to paragliding, are the perfect answer to the needs of those who want to discover the beauty of the place from a point of observation outside the box. Not to mention, outdoor tourism in Italy also offers a valid excuse to take a regenerating break in the name of local enogastronomy.
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