by Alessia Morello
Autumn in Italy has arrived and fortunately it is the perfect season for trekking along the sea paths.
The temperature in these months is mild and the winter wind has not yet risen.
In addition, the incredible phenomenon of foliage has begun, which in contrast to the crystalline waters of our sea will make your trail an unforgettable experience.
Many people think that the sea in Italy is only sand and beach although in reality this is not so. Our coasts are covered with mostly of reefs and rocks that become hills and mountains where harrowing treks exist with breathtaking views.
Here are the 5 most beautiful sea treks in Italy:
Rilke Trail – Friuli Venezia Giulia – North East Italy
This is one of the most fascinating trails in the northeast.
This 2 hour path connects Duino to Sistiana and is totally built on the Adriatic Sea shore.
This trail is close to a very important location: Trieste, a city that rises on the border of Italy and Slovenia and therefore a neuralgic spot during the Middle Ages and the big wars.
This trail reveals so much past history. You finish the trail in a real 1400’s castle still inhabited from the real descendants that founded the castle built on the sheer cliff that faces the blue sea. You can visit the castle and the anti-war refuge, now a museum and enjoy the panorama from the garden that overlooks the sea. Amazing!
Trail ring through Camogli Portofino – Liguria – North West Italy
This incredible 5 hours trek passes through antique forgotten villages built in small gulfs with no car access.
In the past it was normal to stay in places like this, live just fishing and taking the boat to make trades.
Portofino is also so famous for the incredible architecture that the city has. This city is completely built near the sea and every building has a different color and shade. Stunning and incredible to see.
Liguria is a little region consisting of mountains that reach the sea and the inhabitants have been forced to build homes one above the other. For this reason it is very famous and popular for tourists and a beautiful place to go trekking.
Positano Trail – Sentiero degli Dei – Campania – South West Italy
The “Path of the Gods” connects Agerola, a small village on the hills of the Amalfi Coast, to Nocelle, a small hamlet of Positano, lying on the slopes of Mount Pertuso.
Just the name alone lets you guess how spectacular this trail is!
The front of the panorama of the Amalfi Coast and Capri is like a 60’s movie that comes to life. Even for an Italian to holiday here is an ambitious goal. Anyway we are talking about trails and this one I’m quite sure that is one of the most breathtaking trails of Italy!
Always sunny and famous for the incredible quality of food, this region is perfect for a trekking and food adventure! Bring a slice of pizza with you (like I usually DO – have a look my video eating pizza at 2000 meters in the middle of the Dolomites here ) and enjoy your trail up and down from the beauties of the south Italy. Ready?
Il percorso delle Ginestre – Abruzzo – South East Italy
I was on holidays here something like 5 years ago and I’m still thinking about this magical place. It’s not so famous overseas but Abruzzo has thousands of kilometres of national park that border the sea and is full of trekking trails.
The Itinerary allows you to cross the beautiful Regional Nature Reserve Punta Aderci where the earth meets the sea and the green of nature ’embraces’ the blue of crystal clear waters.
Another amazing thing you can see during a trek here are the “Trabucchi”. Trabucchi are the old fisherman’s houses built totally out of wood, erected on the sea, like palafitte. Now they are real summer houses or very cool restaurants. My advice is to stop your trail here and have a clams spaghetti and a main course with fresh local fish!
Not a real outdoor break? Hey, you are in Italy!
Excursion to the Zingaro Natural Reserve – Sicily – Island in the South of Italy
One hour west of Palermo there are numerous wonderful promontories leading to incredible wild coves: this is the Zingaro Reserve. The first natural reserve of Sicily since 1986 is one of the most beautiful places to discover on foot. Starting from Scopello for a 5-hour trip, which lasts 15 kilometres.
Here you will find 700 species of plants and 40 species of animals and a small museum about the traditional life of the island.
The sunrise is the best part of the day, looking the sun coming up from the horizon is something magic
Alessia Morello lives in the north-east of Italy. After working for several years around the world she decide to stop and come back in her homeland and do the things she loves like trekking into the Dolomites with her dog Giorgino and creating posts and videos for her blog. She grew up doing outdoor adventures with the family and now the nature is part of her life. Other interests? Rock climbing, mountain bike trails, cooking vegetarian recipes and having fun!
Follow her travels at www.theitaliansmoothie.com and on Instagram and Facebook.