Visitors can take advantage of specialised activity holidays or can find their own activities once they are in the country.
Italy is famous for its beautiful landscapes, stunning coastlines, cities and hilltop villages so just imagine what they must look like from high up in the deep blue sky. Balloon rides are available all over Italy, from the snow capped mountains in the north, the rolling countryside of central Italy, major cities and the sun soaked southern regions.
Italy is a mountainous country in many areas particularly in the North. The options for ski and snowboard holidays in Italy are vast with the major ski regions of The Dolomites in the North East which include the Italian Tyrol (or Tirol) region, Lombardia in the north central part of Italy & the Aosta valley in the North West under the eaves of Mont Blanc. Italian skiing is synonymous with great food, good snow & that special relaxed lifestyle that adds magic & tranquility to the whole Italian ski experience. Popular ski resorts like Val Gardena, Courmayeur and Livigno are just a few spectacular destination for winter sports enthusiasts.
Italy has one of the most attractive coastlines in the world and what better way to enjoy it than under sail. The cruising grounds of the Tuscan Islands, Sardinia and Sicily are among the best in the world. On our 'Sailing in Italy' page we describe all the best places to go sailing in Italy as well as providing a list of marinas, yacht charter companies and other useful services.
Although a lot of Italy is mountainous, there are many areas suitable for keeping horses. The Maremma area of Tuscany is particularly famous for horse riding, even to the extent of having their own breed of cowboys! Many other areas of Italy have high quality equestrian facilites that can be enjoyed by visitors.
There are many beautiful golf courses all over Italy. The warm and pleasant weather, combined with spectacular scenery, create the perfect opportunity to play golf in ideal conditions. On our 'Golf in Italy' page we list all of the golf courses in the country as well as providing information of companies offering specialist golfing holidays in Italy.
There are 24 National Parks in Italy that provide many opportunities for those who enjoy walking or trekking in unspoilt countryside. Others might like to stroll through typical Italian towns and villages.
Biking is a wonderful way to explore the countryside. Italy provides some of the most varied landscapes in the world, so there will always be something to suit everyone. Whether it's mountain biking through the spectacular scenery of Garfagnana, or ambling through the olive groves of Puglia, you are guaranteed a holiday to remember.
The warm, crystal clear waters found off much of the coastline in Italy creates perfect conditions for both snorkling and scuba diving. There are many holiday companies offering boat trips and specialist diving excursions all around Italy.