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A 100 km north of Venice lie some of the best hiking and food in Italy. This unique corner of the Italian Alps is brimming with 1,200 named mountains, spectacular trails, and all the Prosecco and local cheeses. All of them. Mamma mia! For hikers who value culture and cuisine as much as the views, a week spent rollicking in the rolling hills, sprawling vineyards, and looming mountains of Veneto is la dolce vita. Each day, you’ll stop in a historic hamlet to taste regional specialties or take part in one of the local festivals, like the medieval spectacle of Palio di Feltre or the traditional Apple Feast of Mel. See what awaits at the foot of the Italian Dolomites and leave full: of belly, culture, and new experiences!
Hike some of the most scenic montane trails in northeast Italy
Enjoy guided tours of historic hamlets and traditional villages
Taste a number of local delicacies, including the famed Prosecco wine
Meet your guide and group in Conegliano, Italy, at 3 pm. Afterward, you’ll be transferred to your accommodation in Vittorio Veneto, where you’ll check in and have a welcome meeting. Embark on a guided tour of Serravale, the medieval section of the Vittorio Veneto once described by Ernest Hemingway in “A Farewell to Arms”, before enjoying a spritz cocktail before dinner.
Overnight: Vittorio Veneto
Check out of your accommodation in Vittorio Veneto and take your trusty van to Cansiglio. Enjoy a circular hike of the Cansiglio Ring and a visit to the local ethnographic museum. Cap the day off at a local restaurant serving traditional specialties from the Alps.
Enjoy a circular hike of Mezzomiglio, known as one of the most beautiful climbs of the Alpago. Take in the spectacular views of Santa Croce lake and pay a visit to a malga, an alpine hut famed for its cheese-making tradition, and enjoy a special lunch. Afterward, if you’re in the mood, enjoy an optional visit to the serene Vallorch village.
Check out and get transferred to Val Salatis. The day’s hike will follow a section of the iconic Alta Via no. 6 in the Dolomites. Follow the trail to Pian de le Stele, an old-timey rock cabin on a beautiful meadow, where you’ll have a special barbecue lunch. Enjoy an optional extension to Rifugio Semenza, or choose to return to your hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Val Salatis
Ride to the Santa Croce Lake area. You’ll enjoy a scenic lakeside hike, with plenty of free time to appreciate the sounds, smells, and views, and maybe even try some water activities. When you’re done, get transferred to Coi de Pera, check in to your accommodations and enjoy an optional graffiti tour before dinner.
Overnight: Coi de Pera
Continue to Nevegal, where you’ll do a circular hike along the Col Visentin trail. Get ready to touch the sky, as you’ll reach the top of a mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of the Valbelluna and the Dolomites skyline. Head back down to Belluno for a city tour, a delicious dinner, and maybe even a night out.
Overnight: Coi de Pera
Check out and get transferred to Valmorel for the Malghe circular trek. Today, you’ll hike the homeland of Dino Buzzati, the famous author of “The Tartar Steppe”. Then, take some time to rest and relax before the optional afternoon hike to the layered rock formations of the Brent de l’Art. Enjoy a standard dinner at the hotel, or choose to join the local Melere feasts!
Overnight: Coi de Pera
Travel to Mel for a short hike to the Castello di Zumelle. Have a delicious picnic lunch by the Piave River, at Cesana beach. Get transferred to the town of Feltre, check in, and enjoy a guided tour with dinner included. In the evening, you’ll have plenty of free time to enjoy the Palio di Feltre festivities and fireworks at midnight.
Overnight: Coi de Pera
Check out and get transferred to Valdobbiadene. After a short hike through the Prosecco vineyards, recently added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites, you’ll visit a winery and taste Prosecco, Italy’s answer to Champagne. Once you’ve had your fill, ride to the Cison di Valmarino and check in. Then, visit the craft fair, enjoy a farewell dinner, and spend your final night in Italy in a castle!
Overnight: Cison di Valmarino
Check out after breakfast. Your guide will arrange for your transfer to the Conegliano railway station by 11 am. Arrivederci and see you again.
I was looking forward to the experiences/adventures of hiking in the region of the Pre-Alps at the foot of the Dolomites because of how beautiful the area is. It was obvious throughout the tour how much this area means to Piero. The trip far exceeded any expectations. Piero is the consummate guide: knowledgeable, patient, spontaneous, flexible, and more. The pleasure he gains from planning surprises or continually having new ideas to add more interest or fun is indeed a gift to us. Each day was amazing. I not only wholeheartedly recommend Piero’s tour and I’m planning to return in 2024.
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Venetian Alps, Italy, please refer to Italy’s official COVID-19 advice for travelers.
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What you get on this adventure:
What’s not included:
This tour is meant for hikers with prior multi-day hiking experience and decent fitness levels. You will be hiking for 8 full days, covering 5-10 miles (8-16 km) a day with low-to-medium elevation and occasionally challenging terrain. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
If you’re new to hiking, check out our beginner-friendly hiking tour of Pania Della Croce, Italy.
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season.
Group sizes and prices:
Hiking the Venetian Alps can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
To get to Conegliano, Italy, the starting point of this tour, most people fly into Venice Marco Polo Airport 1 hour away. From the airport, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service. Alternatively, you can take a bus or taxi to the city of Venice and a direct train to Conegliano.
You will meet your guide at a pre-determined location at 3 pm for transfer to Vittorio Veneto, where you will check in and start your tour.