3 Adventurous Activities to Try in Italy

A country rich in tradition, Italy has undeniably left a mark on global culture, as reflected in its cuisine, art, and literature. That’s not to mention the country itself is highly picturesque, boasting natural beauty and intricate architecture. What people don’t know is that Italy is one of the top locations in the world for adventure travel, thanks to its array of mountains, hills, coastline, and volcanic terrain. In this guide, we take a look at some of the top adventurous activities in Italy that are sure to get your blood pumping and your heart racing.

Embark on a cycling tour

If you fancy doing a bit of cycling on your Italy trip, you can go one of two ways. Should you wish to take things easy, Tuscany’s beautiful countryside is the perfect option. With olive groves, rolling hills, and ancient hilltop towns, it’s no wonder Tuscany is often called one of the most romantic locations in the world.

However, those who want to get their adrenaline flowing should look no further than the Dolomites, which offer some of the most challenging climbs in the whole of Europe. The Dolomites include passes like Passo Stelvio and Passo Pordoi, which feature stunning scenery along the way.

Hit the slopes

Popular with locals and tourists alike, skiing in Italy is a must. With snow-sure glaciers and high-altitude resorts, you’re guaranteed perfect weather when whizzing down the slopes. The Dolomites and the Alps are both equally fantastic skiing destinations with plenty of resorts to choose from.

Valle d’Aosta, located close to the Swiss border, is another popular place for skiing – it is home to the mighty Mont Blanc after all. For off-piste skiing with challenging slopes, head to Gressoney, Courmayeur, or Champoluc. Or, if you really want to push yourself, try heliskiing in Piedmont. It’s exactly what you think – getting dropped off by a helicopter to fly down untouched slopes.

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Get out your walking boots

If you’re interested in exploring historic cities and gorgeous islands all while testing your limits, hiking around the Italian coast may be for you. Sardinia in particular is known for its abundance of hiking trails along its golden coastline.

One place to remember is Gola su Gorropu, a national park consisting of a dramatic canyon flanked by limestone walls towering up to 500m in height. Combine this with narrow pathways and steep climbs and you have a challenging yet memorable hiking experience.

Other great hiking trails can be found in Gran Paradiso, Pollino, Monti Sibillini, and Stelvio – all offer stunning walking routes in protected natural settings.

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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