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Kompass Walking Maps of Italy
The Kompass Map is a tourist map (with a guide booklet that is unfortunately is in German, but does include tourist information) that is ideal for walking, cycling and finding your way around. English map legend. Scale: 1:50,000

Kompass Map 0044: Sterzing/Vipiteno

IGC 50K Walking Maps of North-Western Italy
Topographic walking maps of north western Italy with walking, skiing and tourist facilities marked. Scale: 1:25,000 or 1:50,000

Cervino Matterhorn-Breuil Cervinia-Champoluc: 108

Lombardy, North Italian Lakes - Marco Polo Map - Marco Polo maps feature completely up-to-date, digitally generated mapping. A fold-out overview map is ideal for route planning and 7 self-adhesive Marco Polo mark-it stickers can be used to pin-point a destination or route for future reference. The maps also contain a comprehensive index and inset street plans of major cities. Map Scale - 1: 200 000. All published March 13.

Veneto, Fruili, Lake Garda - Marco Polo Map.

Liguria - Marco Polo Map.

Emilia Romagna - Marco Polo Map.

Trentino - South Tyrol, Lake Garda - Marco Polo Map.
Abruzzo, Molise, Marco Polo Map -
Piedmont, Aosta Valley - Marco Polo Map.

Lazio, Marco Polo Map.

Campania Basilicata, Marco Polo Map.

 Puglia, Marco Polo Map.

Calabria, Marco Polo Map



Walking the Italian Lakes, Gillian Price - offers readers 48 day routes, on little-known but well waymarked paths, in the picturesque Lakes region of Northern Italy. Hemmed in by awesome cliffs, the glittering expanses of Maggiore, Como, Iseo and Garda have been visited by English-speaking holidaymakers since the days of the Grand Tour for their exquisite villas and lush gardens. Some visitors come for outdoor activities such as windsurfing and sailing. Yet just a few steps beyond the popular lakefronts lies wonderful network of footpaths offering delightful walking for all levels of experience and ability, from a leisurely waterfront stroll to a demanding 5-hour hike into the Alps. Well-marked straightforward routes can be enjoyed on short or longer walks, easily fitted into the space of a day. Published July 12. K

Walking in Abruzzo, Stuart Haines - First English-language guide to walking in Abruzzo, in the Apennine mountains centred on Sulmona and between L'Aquila and Castel de Sangro, with 3 national parks and 1 regional park, including an ascent of Como Grande, on Gran Sasso, the highest point in Italy outside the Alps. Abruzzo is one of the wildest and least populated regions of Italy, with 26 peaks over 2000m. There are fine routes throughout this largely protected area, between charming hilltop villages through forests and gorges and along high mountain ridges. These little-known walks are described here for the first time in English, with day and half-day routes all graded from easy wanders to challenging mountain adventures. Published July 11 K

ISBN: 9781852845766 - Walking in Abruzzo

Walking Rome, National Geographic - offering 15 carefully curated itineraries, written by an expert travel writer, that showcase the city's best sights. Fun features include in-depth looks at major icons, best of lists of quintessential things to see and do, and insider sidebars full of local knowledge. A travel essentials section has planning tips and hand-picked hotels. Travellers will find top-notch, streamlined, and useful information that goes beyond the internet basics to ensure a rewarding, authentic, and memorable urban experience. Expert authors organise each itinerary with on-the-ground information, allowing the traveller to avoid long queues, visit at its most opportune time, and see the sites in the most expedient way possible. Published April 12

Strolling through Rome: The Definitive Walking Guide to the Eternal City,  Mario Erasmo - Rome, the Eternal City - birthplace of western civilisation and soul of the ancient world - has a history that stretches back two thousand five hundred years. It is also one of the most-visited places in the world, but where does one begin to delve into two millennia of history, culture, art and architecture, whilst also navigating the vibrant modern city? Mario Erasmo here guides the traveller through Rome's many layers of history, exploring the streets, museums, piazze, ruins and parks of this 'city of the soul'. Punctuated with anecdote, myth and legend, these unique walks often retrace the very steps taken by ancient Romans, early Christians, medieval pilgrims, Renaissance artists and aristocrats on the Grand Tour. Here is a rich cultural history of Rome that brings its epic past alive, illuminating the extraordinary sights and fascinating secrets of one of Europe's most beguiling cities. Published Oct 14. K

Italian Lakes Car Tours and Walks, Sarah Stewart and David Robertson - 5 car tours, 38 main walks plus many alterntive and shorter variations, 21 picnic suggestions The Italian Lakes have long been a 'must' for holidaymakers, inspired by their dramatic beauty. As well as Maggiore, Lugano, Como and Garda, this book covers several other smaller lakes. Maggiore is the longest of the lakes, from where the Val Grande National Park, Italy's most extensive wilderness area, is within easy reach. Published Jan 09 K

ISBN: 9781856913591 - Landscapes of the Italian Lakes

Trekking in the Apennines: The Grande Escursione Appenninica, Gillian Price - Nearly 400km in length, and ranging between 400m and 2000m above sea level, the exhilarating Great Apennines Trek (GEA) spends just over three weeks criss-crossing the central-north section of the range, following routes established by long-gone invaders and traders, and trodden by pilgrims and shepherds since time immemorial. Dipping in and out of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, the trek makes its way northwest up Italy traversing two national parks dotted with pretty lakes. Published Feb 05 K

ISBN: 9781852844165 - Trekking in the Apennines: The Grande Escursione Appenninica


Walking on the Amalfi Coast, Gillian Price - Known as the Amalfi Coast, the steep southern edge of the Sorrento peninsula, on the Gulf of Naples, famous for its medieval villages perched atop plunging cliffs, with their near-vertical vineyards and lemon orchards, is now recognised as a World Heritage Site. This coastline, the rugged landscape behind, crowned by the Monti Lattari, and the idyllic islands of Capri and Ischia together also make a perfect holiday destination for walkers. The whole area is crisscrossed by ancient mule tracks, pilgrim routes and goat tracks, offering a variety of walking from family strolls to strenuous treks across terrain from paved paths to verdant hillside paths and rough volcanic scree. The 30 routes in this guide are all designed to be fitted into a single day, with a panoramic picnic stop halfway round and perhaps a plunge into the sparkling Mediterranean at the end. Published June 10. K

Walking in Italy: Exploring Italy's Great Cities and Finest Landscapes on Foot, Gillian and John Souter - a unique guide written for those who want to experience the delights of Italy's finest towns cities and landscapes. The best way to appreciate Italy is undoubtedly on foot, whether you are visiting a city for the first time or venturing out into the Italian countryside. You don't need to be an athlete to enjoy a well-informed stroll around Verona or even a two-day hike along the sparkling coastline of the Cinque Terre. This book helps you plan your journey and enjoy the best of Italy. Published June 07. Limited availability.

ISBN: 9781905214525 - Walking in Italy

Sorrento, Amalfi Coast and Capri: Car Tours and Walks (Landscapes), Julian Tippett - Detailed descriptions of 72 walk segments, with routes for all ages and abilities and walking maps of at least 1:50,000 scale. Also contains 17 picnic suggestions, 7 routes for car tours, touring map for motorists, town plans and hints on weather conditions, where to stay and what you need to take with you. Published June 15

ISBN: 9781856913232 - Sorrento, Amalfi Coast and Capri

Cinque Terre and the Riviera di Levante Walks (Landscapes), Georg Henke - This is a walking guide: while 'Landscapes' guides normally feature car touring and picnicking sections, the Riviera di Levante does not lend itself to touring by car. The towns and villages are so tightly packed that parking is a major problem - especially in the Cinque Terre. And since most of the trails are linear, the walks require access by public transport in any case. Visitors out for a stroll can use Sunflower's detailed maps to find the best spots for picnicking in a gorgeous setting.
Fold-out area map showing the location of all 35 long and short walks (each illustrated with 1:50,000 topo maps), no car tours or specific picnic suggestions. Free online update service with specific route change information on the publisher's website, maintained daily. Published May 14

The Via Francigena Canterbury to Rome - Part 2: The Great St Bernard Pass to Rome, Alison Raju - An essential guidebook for anyone planning to walk the Via Francigena pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome. Part 2 describes 940km of the pilgrimage from the Great St Bernard Pass to Rome. Contains all the planning information you need for your pilgrimage, including details of facilities and accommodation along the route. Published Nov 13.

AA Key Guide Italy - People experience their holidays by visiting a particular part of a city or region of a country. The chapters in "KeyGuide Italy" are ordered in a regional way, with all the sights, walks, drives and listings for that area in one section to reflect this trend in travelling. The guide is colour-coded throughout with coloured dividers separating each section. There are expert recommendations for where to eat, stay, shop and be entertained, great walks and drives and beautiful photography throughout. Published June 11

Hiking in Italy - Lonely Planet Guide, Brendan Sainsbury - Includes 57 hike descriptions in Italy, including Sardinia & Sicily. This title also includes practical information on equipment, transport, accommodation, eating and drinking. It also features reviews of the best dining, sightseeing and accommodation options. Published April 10. Limited availability.

ISBN: 9781741044690 - Hiking in Italy

Central Apennines of Italy, Walks, Scrambles and Climbs, Stephen Fox - The central Apennines cover three of the 20 regions of Italy. This guide offers both walks and climbs in these regions, where walkers can find secluded valleys and waterfalls, mystical gorges, beautiful woodland, and vast plains, and climbers can climb the giant rock walls and buttresses. Published Jan 97. Limited availability.

ISBN: 9781852842192 - Central Apennines of Italy

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