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Some activities to do in Italy

For holiday-makers who want to do more general sightseeing or lazing around a pool, Italy offers many varieties of activity to stimulate the body, mind and soul. High mountain ranges and beautiful countryside for the skiers and walkers, lakes and seas for those with nautical inclinations, world-topping cuisine for foodies, designer outlets for shopaholics, cookery courses, painting lessons, study trips….

Beaches and water sports
Italy has over 5,000 miles of beaches with some of the best on the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Windsurfing and sailing are extremely popular, it’s possible to rent boats and equipment and arrange lessons at most beach and lakeside resorts. Campania, Calabria and Sicily have excellent scuba diving and snorkelling as do the coasts of Tuscany and Liguria. There are lots of good canoeing rivers, particularly in the north of the country.

Hiking
There are many types of appealing terrain for walking, hiking and trekking in Italy. For tamer pleasures, many enjoy walking along the pretty Cinque Terre coastline. The Amalfi Coast also offers sea views, including some strenuous walks at high levels. As Italy is so mountainous, you can select your own level of difficulty. The Alps and Dolomites in the north have good, marked hiking trails and you can base yourself in a ski resort; most of these are very good for walking in the summer months. The Apennines, the spine of Italy, run for hundreds of miles, with a variety of landscapes and many picturesque towns and villages.

National parks in Italy include the Abruzzo, home to bears and wolves, where you can stay overnight at high-altitude rifugi (lodges).

Several travel firms offer walking packages, some in groups, and some where you are self-guided. Your luggage can be taken from one hotel to the next for you, which is a big help if you’re planning to move on each day.

Skiing
There are plenty of ski resorts in the Italian Alps and they vary from places with just a handful of runs and slow old lifts to resorts with hundreds of interconnected pistes and state of the art lift systems. Two of the biggest ski areas are The Milky Way, centred on Sauze d’Oulx, and the linked Dolomite runs around Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Cycling
This can be a great way to see the country although you do need to be fairly fit as so much of it is hilly. There are few traffic free cycle routes but quiet roads can be found. There are plans to create a series of national cycle routes. The Giro d’Italia race attracts the world’s top cyclists. Mountain biking is becoming increasingly popular and many of the lifts in ski resorts take bikes in the summer.

Golf
With 286 golf courses and around 67,000 members, it goes well beyond membership numbers that average 234 per club. Italy makes it possible for a green fee-payer to enjoy a quiet game in a lush environment. This is one of the main reasons why Italy should be at the top of your destination list when thinking of a golf holiday. Italy golf clubs have become more like meeting places for local residents. The possibility to enjoy both the game and the glorious landscape, mountains and lakes in the North, the Tuscany, Lazio and Sicily Regions in the South. Further, together with a cultural and historical heritage that goes back more than 2,000 years, you will discover fabulous modern Art and taste an unequalled Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Last but not least, Italy is a great opportunity to make new friends and participate in attractive sponsored tournaments.

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