Walking in Italy's Stelvio National Park
Italy's largest alpine national park
Guidebook to the Stelvio National Park in the Italian Rhaetian Alps. The 38 day walks and hikes described offer a wide variety of routes on well-maintained and signposted paths, linking a network of picturesque villages and hospitable mountain refuges. The Stelvio National Park borders the Dolomites to the east and Switzerland to the west.
Seasonslate June through to October
CentresBormio, S Caterina Valfurva, Sulden, Martell, St Gertraud, Peio, Rabbi, Malè
Difficultysingle day walking routes graded 1 to 3 to allow for beginners as well as experienced walkers ready for peaks. Walks easily extended into multi-day expereinces with overnight stays in alpine refuges
Must Seethe thrilling Stelvio Pass on foot or by bus, the Forno glacier, the Ortler and Cevedale mountains, ibex and chamois in Val Zebrù, Martelltal and Valle di Rabbi, lammergeiers and eagles, traditional Ultental
- The 38 summer day walking routes in this guidebook explore the renowned Stelvio National Park in the Italian Rhaetian Alps. Bordering the Dolomites to the east, and Switzerland to the west, the Stelvio is one of the largest protected areas in all of the Alps. The walks explore each of the Stelvio's valleys, are graded for difficulty and range from 4 to 18km. There is plenty for active holidaymakers; from easy strolls to strenuous climbs to panoramic summits for experienced walkers. The Stelvio's unspoilt landscape ranges from valley farmland to forested hillsides and alpine meadows, and up to a wilderness of rugged glaciated summits and ridges, the highest of which is Ortler, at 3905m. The guidebook also includes plenty of background information on local wildlife and cuisine, as well as planning details such as what to take and dos and don'ts. The guide also contains accommodation suggestions, including campsites, B&Bs, hotels and mountain huts in the National Parks picturesque towns and villages such as Bormio, Sulden and Martell Dorf. Close to Milan, Verona and Innsbruck, with good public transport throughout, the Stelvio National park offers extensive, spectacular Alpine walking, with this as the first English-language guide to the area.
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Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice. Gillian has steadily explored the mountain ranges of Italy, and Corsica, and brought them to life for visitors in a series of outstanding guides for Cicerone. She is an active member of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) and Mountain Wilderness.View author profile
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