5 day hike in Italy or France

Feb 24th, 2010, 12:07 PM
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5 day hike in Italy or France

Hi Everyone,
My friend and I (we are two women in our mid-20's) want to spend five days hiking in Italy or France. We are looking to do a continuous hike, either hostel to hostel or B&B to B&B. Do any of you have a recommendation of where we should go? We are open to pretty much anywhere, as long as it is beautiful, and we can do about 12-15 miles a day.
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Feb 24th, 2010, 12:08 PM
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Also, this is for mid-april this year, and we are students (poor), so we are planning on doing it ourselves, without a guide, and likely without luggage transfer/packaged maps, so if any of you have itineraries or know where to find directions, etc, it would be lovely!
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Feb 24th, 2010, 12:49 PM
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Check out the Grandes Randonnées in France: http://www.gr-infos.com/

I'd pick a route through the Dordogne.
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Feb 24th, 2010, 12:57 PM
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I'm not sure how helpful this may be (might be too much information), but this site by Bill Thayer documents many hikes through Umbria, Italy and includes links to his diary. Umbria is a beautiful area, especially in the spring.

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Feb 24th, 2010, 01:52 PM
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If you like the mountains check Trentino in Italy. Dolomites , not many tourists, cheap, beautiful. http://www.visittrentino.it/
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Feb 24th, 2010, 05:23 PM
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I assumed that the Dolomites in mid-April would be too early. Am I wrong?
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Feb 24th, 2010, 10:23 PM
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St Cirq advice is good to check out the grandes randonnées - but I'd probably focus on Provence, just to try to get the best possible April weather. Even that is not guaranteed, but generally speaking, April and May (and September) are the best hiking months around here. Plus you can stay at relatively low altitudes (800 meters and lower) and still have stunning vistas and gorgeous little villages. Send me an email if you feel like, I'm always happy to help out fellow hikers !

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Feb 25th, 2010, 02:01 AM
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Most hiking in Italy is really not amenable to 12-15 miles a day of hiking. It's too mountainous. If you go to lower territory, it's pretty hard to find pristine hiking for the distance your proposing to do each day. You will spend part of your time walking on roadways.

Just about the one exception is the "Alta via dei Monti" in Liguria, which stretches 440 kilometeres from the French border to La Spezia, and is marked in 44 stages. (It is above the tourist hiking trails in le Cinque Terre). You can access the trail by flying into any number of airports and taking trains or buses from there: Nice, Genoa, Torino, Milan, Pisa.

It is incredibly cheap to stay in that area, and the towns are fascinating and fully rural. But I have always found it very difficult to get information in English about the hiking trail by searching online, and I don't really know what the weather would be along most parts of the trail. I would peg it to be warmest in mid-April nearest la Spezia.

Here's a start on tracking down more information if your interested.




And some pictures


Have a great trip wherever you go!
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Feb 25th, 2010, 04:14 AM
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Sorry, yes April is a bit cold still for the Dolomites.
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Feb 25th, 2010, 09:14 AM
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What about the via Francigena? It's the medieval pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome. I haven't covered all of it and not at all by foot but the route through the Emilia-Romagna region (near Parma) is wonderfully picturesque. Mountains and plains with tiny villages and larger cities. http://www.viafrancigena.com/fra_fr_e.htm
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