New Hiking trail in Italy will Connect all 25 National Parks

Lago di Carezza, Dolomites: Ricardo Frantz

When you hear Italy what's the first thing that comes to mind... the Colosseum, the canals and gondolas in Venice, the delicious food, pizza, pasta and gelato? Many people don't realise Italy is home to some of the most stunning national parks dotted both along the coastline with stunning water views, and inland with majestic mountainous plains. A new hiking trail is opening up to connect all 25 National Parks, including those on the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. Stretching over 7,000 kilometres the Sentiero dei Parchi, or Path of the Parks, is expected to continue growing as plans continue.

The path will take avid hikers through the snow-capped mountains in the Dolomites and Alps in northern Italy, along the coastlines of the famous, must-see Cinque Terre, over the rolling hills of Tuscany, to the caves and forests of Abruzzo, according to Afar magazine. Hikers can indulge in the lavish diversity of the stunning country, while re-connecting with nature on the amazing trail.

Italy's environment minister, Sergio Costa, announced that travellers will be able to track their progress with a "passport, a symbolic recognition for hikers who will cross the territory of each park and to reward those who have manages to complete it by stopping in all 25 national parks."

Announced on the 24th of May 2020, the trail is estimated to cost around 35 million euros and be completed in the 2020 - 2033 period, including maintenance and strengthening of trail networks in protected areas.

The Italian Alpine Club (IAC) propose that the route, which uses the Italy Path as its backbone, will look like:

Path of the Parks Route: Italian Alpine Club


The announcement of this new hiking trail comes at a great time for Italy, with people planning their future holidays to be bigger and better after being held back from travel due to COVID. In a period where we all feel the need to be outdoors more, this incredible trail is something everyone should have on their bucket list!

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