East Coast of Italy-Camping and Hiking
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Apr 21, 2013 8:10 AM Last Post By: meckerdv
Apr 21, 2013 2:46 AM
East Coast of Italy-Camping and HikingHello,
My wife and I are trying to plan a trip to Italy this summer. We would like to do hiking in the Italian alps. Can anyone suggest a place to start and finish? We are looking to do about a week and maybe some more of hiking.
Is it possible to camp in the Italian alps with tents? Or perhaps is it possible to hike and everyday to stay at a different lodge on the trail? We have 1 year old who will be 1.4 months when we travel. We have a deuter backpack which we take him out on for hiking trips.
Also, are there any trails with trout fishing on the way?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Apr 21, 2013 3:23 AM
Apr 21, 2013 4:23 AM
2Thanks for the response!
We are really open to this because we are new to the area and have never done a hike in the alps before. we are looking for something that is going to have beautiful scenery and is going to be condusive to a trek with our 1.5 year old.
we will be coming up from the east coast of italy.
Apr 21, 2013 4:28 AM
3You can camp freely only outside the national park and over 2500 m, if I remember correctly, so that's only for mountaineers.
With a toddler I'd choose South Tyrol, for a not too strenuous hut to hut trekking either in the Dolomites or in areas such as Pustertal or Vinschgau which are my favourites. Huts provide food and sleeping space, quite often in small rooms, and blankets, a camping sheet is required.
Apr 21, 2013 4:29 AM
4also, I think the hut to hut idea is smarter, that way we don't have to carry extra camping gear since one of us is carrying the backpack, and the other is carrying our little dude who is actually pretty big.
i think also it will be nicer for my wife to know that we can camp out at a hut with other people.
do you have to make reservations at these huts? if we are going over the summer, i imagine this region will be packed with tourists.
how does the hut to hut system work? are they enclosed shelters or just 3 walls? running showers/bathrooms? i really have no idea what to expect
Apr 21, 2013 4:32 AM
Apr 21, 2013 5:44 AM
6First, decide the area, then, look for trail and huts. There are plenty on the Alps; you could also choose a starting point, i.e. a village, and depart from there, try looking at this from Solda/Sulden am Ortler:
http://www.ortlergebiet.it/de/sommer/schutzhuetten-und-almen.html or http://www.ortlergebiet.it/it/estate/rifugi-e-malghe.html (there doesn't seem to be the English version).
Huts open from mid June to mid September, most of them are run by the Alpine Club (CAI), they offer always shelter, meaning: sleeping area, a restaurant (sometimes very simple, sometimes more like a hotel), bathroom, sometimes the possibility to shower. If you are going on a trek you can book the first one and then the others as you go; there can be problems for overcrowding only in a fine weather weekend in July and August for the smaller, higher huts. You have always to pay cash, you get sleeping, dinner and breakfast for about 35/40â¬ per person.
I don't know about your habits of course, but with a child that age I wouldn't walk for more than 2 hours and wouldn't sleep over 2500 mt - Solda is NOT the ideal base, being at 1900 m itself.
Or, try looking here: http://www.vinschgau.net/en/recreation-nature/interactive/interactive-map-of-venosta-valley-terra-raetica.html
This for the whole region:
Edited by: chiaram
Apr 21, 2013 6:15 AM
Apr 21, 2013 6:15 AM
Apr 21, 2013 6:34 AM
9I saw this particular trek - are you familiar with it by any chance? Do you think it could be appropriate? He outlines 5 days of hiking here. 5 hours a day is definately something we can do and have done before.
Apr 21, 2013 6:37 AM
This is from the link above, possibilities are absolutely endless.
When we had young children we chose Prato allo Stelvio/Prad am Stilfserjoch as a base for different summers and alternated days at the campsite or around the village with days trekking. The other side of Stelvio (Bormio, Santa Caterina Valfurva) offers equally enchanting trekking possibilities.
Apr 21, 2013 6:40 AM
Apr 21, 2013 6:44 AM
Apr 21, 2013 7:36 AM
13Oh sorry, my wife and I were switching computers. I am married to noa =)
Yes the 1.5 year old is ours.
I thought maybe about doing something like this itinerary and maybe using cortina d'ampezzo as a home base.
what do you guys think?
Apr 21, 2013 7:50 AM
14Yes, the last link you posted is much more feasible with a small child. I obviously don0t know about your child, but mine own tended to move a lot in the backpack and to get very bored after an hour or so, making carrying them very difficult and tiring.
Cortina is very beautiful and it's an ideal base, but remember that it's a very posh place, and the one VIP choose for their holidays. If you can avoid the two central week of August it would be better.
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