Stretching from the southern slopes of the Alps down into the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy is a mountainous peninsula in southern Europe. Along with its Mediterranean islands, Italy is the tenth-largest country on the continent and home to some of its top mountaineering and trekking destinations.
Famous Mountains in Italy
From the centre of Sicily up to the northern border with Switzerland, Italy is home to a number of different mountain ranges and subranges. Without a doubt, the Alps are the most famous with iconic mountain peaks stretching from the Slovenian border to the western flank of Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc).
However, Monte Rosa is easily one of the most popular destinations for all types of outdoors enthusiasts. At 4,634 metres (15,203 feet) in elevation, the massif is the second highest peak in the Alps and boats a variety of different routes for climbing, hiking and skiing to the top of the mountain.
Other popular expeditions in Italy are:
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Quick Facts about Italy
- Italy has been one of the world's most popular mountaineering destinations for more than 150 years. The country boasts eight mountains with an elevation of 4,000 metres (13,100 feet) or more and more than 100 others with an elevation of 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) or more.
- Home to an elaborate network of trails that stretch across northern Lombardy, the Italian Lake District is one of the most frequented hiking destinations in the country, combining immaculate scenery with a rich cultural heritage.
- Away from the iconic Alps and Dolomites, the Apennines, which run through the heart of the peninsula, are another great climbing destination. Corno Grande is the crown jewel of the range, offering panoramic views over Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park.
How To Get To Italy
There are a variety of ways to get to Italy, depending on where in the country the trip is taking place. For trips to the Alps, many opt to fly into Turin Airport (TRN) or Milan Malpensa international airport (MXP). From either of these, it is easiest to rent a car and drive to the start of the trip, though buses and trains are widely available.
What To Expect in Italy
Weather: During the summer months, temperatures vary greatly across Italy. Expect more mild temperatures in the foothills of the Alps, while temperatures become considerably hotter farther south on the peninsula and one the two main Italian islands. Summer tends to be the driest time of year throughout the country.
Peak Trekking/Climbing Season: July to September
Currency: Euro (EUR)