Travel Guides: Italy Travel Guide: Overview
In Southern Europe—right in the heart of the Mediterranean—lies a boot-shaped country stuffed to the brim with culture, history and fine cuisine.
Gran Paradiso, Monte Cervino and Rosa. This trio of glacier and wildflower-strewn mountains in the Italian Alps contain some of the world’s best hiking terrain. Lost-in-time huts and villages. Friendly locals proud of their cultures and traditions. Deliciously fresh alpine fare and world-class hospitality found at our luxurious alpine hotels. Hiking trails that will forever set the standard for what you and your family call epic. Welcome to one of Europe’s great wilderness basecamps for adventure.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Start your family journey trekking in Gran Paradiso, an aptly named national park and Italy’s oldest nature reserve | Trails in the Aosta Valley lead to emerald forests and cascading waterfalls | Keep an eye out for the regal alpine ibex, a species saved from near extinction that now thrives in the region’s high altitude terrain | Visit storybook mountain hamlets, encountering traditional architecture and customs | Sip a post-hike libation and savor delicious locally sourced fare at our Relais & Châteaux lodge.
Once a royal hunting lodge, this 100-year-old mountain resort has maintained a palatial sensibility, with decadent décor, unparalleled views and garden-fresh Michelin-starred cuisine. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
Known here as Monte Cervino, the legendary Matterhorn massi rises up along the Italian-Swiss border | Arrive at the base of this incomparable peak and hike a balcony trail to the Finestra di Cignana pass | Lunch and breathtaking vistas await your family at a classic rifugio (traditional mountain hut) | The western slopes of Valtournenche make for a scenic descent | Relax with a book or soak in thermal waters at our regal hotel, a historic estate in Saint-Vincent.
A Leading Hotels of the World property in the heart of the Italian Alps where belle époque splendor blends effortlessly with elegant simplicity. (pool, spa)
Hop on in! An all-terrain Jeep brings us to our trailhead at Piani di Verra Superiore | Discover rugged mountain trails with awe-inspiring views of glaciers and Monte Rosa | Get exclusive insight into the region’s fascinating history and unique culture with our local guide | From the comfort of your family's private chalet—once part of an ancient Walser village—watch as alpenglow illuminates the rockface in pastel hues | Baroque palaces, chic piazzas and grand boulevards await in Turin, Piedmont’s mesmerizing capital and our must-see gateway city.
Natural wood design, stone features and lush surroundings are just part of the allure of this chalet-style alpine oasis, whose traditional charms are elevated only by its breathtaking setting. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
Note: The terrain on this trip includes access roads, mountain hiking paths and rocky exposed single-track trails.
While we offer daily hiking options on this trip, you should be aware that most hikes include steep ascents and descents as well as hiking at elevation, which is typically between 6,000 and 8,000 feet—and one day at 12,000 feet. While you're free to take your time navigating the sometimes rocky and uneven terrain, you should feel comfortable carrying your daypack (with plenty of water) while tackling the daily ascents and descents.
Backroads provides hiking poles, which are very helpful.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Our hikes through this captivating rugged terrain climb rocky and sometimes uneven paths, most of which are remote and do not intersect with roads accessible by Backroads vans. In some cases our shuttles will get us to and from the trailheads, but due to the hard-to-reach nature of these trails, we usually won't see our vehicles along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.