04 October 2022.


Northern Italy is a mountain lover’s paradise. The Alps – Europe’s largest mountain range – run along the entire length of the country’s border. Rising on the western border with France close to the Mediterranean Sea, they then run along the border with Switzerland, then Austria before becoming the Dolomites and then the Julian Alps where they finally enter Slovenia in the east. But that’s not it as far as mountains go in Italy. The Apennine Mountains run 1000km north to south, nearly covering the entire length of the country. So with all these hills it’s not surprising that Italy offers some of the best skiing, climbing, hiking and mountain biking in Europe.

Being surrounded by the waters of the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas means that Italy comes up trumps for water based activities too. Although maybe not so well known, Italy offers some good diving and proves popular with surfers. Not all watersports are conducted in the sea though. Lake Garda is famous for windsurfing and occasionally plays host to international competitions.

Don’t forget to check out the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. Both offer a good range of land based activities including climbing and cycling. And as you’d expect from an island, the full spectrum of water based sports.

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