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Rock Climbing in Italy

Chalk up those hands, check those carabiners and head out onto the sun-baked rocks of Italy!

Complete with plentiful and varied rock climbing opportunities for participants of all levels, Italy has plenty to offer. Enjoy coastal cliffs on the island of Sardinia as well as the Amalfi Coast. Take full advantage of the rugged terrain of the Italian Alps in the Aosta Valley and the Dolomites too! Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Rock Climbing trips in Italy. The mountains are calling!
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Cassidy Creel

5.00

November, 2022

Climbing around Portovenere, 5 Terre

We had one of our best days in Italy rock climbing with Franco! He was super nice and we were able to climb everything we wanted, plus the views were amazing. Highly recommend :)

Cozette Lehman

1.00

November, 2022

1-Day Multi-Pitch Climb of the Pan di Zucchero in Sardinia

I spent a lot of money to fly to this location and to stay multiple nights at the guide’s b&b. If I had known I would only spend two hours doing one multi-pitch climb (and not the Pan de Zucchero climb I had paid for), I would’ve saved my money and gone elsewhere with another guide. As a result, I will not be using Explore-Share guides in the future if this is the model. In addition to a very short day climbing, the second day I had planned to add on was canceled when my guide had a stomach ache. He did not refer me to any other guides in the area. I was a woman on my own without transportation on an island in a remote town with a population of 700 people. As a consolation, I spent the day at a nearby beach where a local proceeded to grope and sexually assault me. When I mentioned this to Marco before leaving on my last morning in town, his irreverence was disappointing to say the least.

Anne Dacanay

5.00

October, 2022

Climbing around Portovenere, 5 Terre

I had so much fun, Franco is a very experienced and knowlegeable guide and I loved the challenges he gave me the option to pursue. No pressure, no fear, and maybe next time I will be able to sport lead on limestone. Beautiful location and views!

JUAN JARAMILLO

5.00

October, 2022

1+ day Rock climbing in Cinque Torri, near Cortina (Dolomites)

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Richard Beck

5.00

October, 2022

1-Day Multi-Pitch Climb of the Pan di Zucchero in Sardinia

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Jennifer Travers

5.00

October, 2022

San Vito Lo Capo, rock climbing in Sicily

I had a wonderful day climbing with Mirto. I learned a few things and pushed my grade in a safe manner. Mirto was supportive, encouraging, and a fun climbing partner!

yael barlev

5.00

September, 2022

1+ day Rock climbing in Cinque Torri, near Cortina (Dolomites)

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Mik Bakalarz

5.00

September, 2022

1+ day Rock climbing in Cinque Torri, near Cortina (Dolomites)

My partner and I spent a day in Cinque Torri climbing with Benny, one of Renato's guides. She was absolutely excellent, extremely professional and we both felt very safe with her - she spent most of her life climbing. When we booked, we expected just some single-pitch climbs and one multi-pitch, so we were thrilled to find out that we'd be climbing Torre Grande, the 100m+, 5-pitch tallest tower in the area. It was spectacular. We normally climb up to about 6a/6b indoors, so we found parts of it challenging, other parts easy, but the experience was incredible. At the end Benny lowered us from the top of the tower back to safety. The views were excellent all around. The day lasted from 9am to 5pm and there's a great refuge just 10min walk from Cinque Torri with awesome views of the surrounding mountain range and lovely hot chocolate to finish the day. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to try out climbing in the Dolomites.

Chantree Chandrapunth

5.00

September, 2022

Rock climbing weekend by the sea in Finale Ligure, Italy

Andrea was an amazing guide! We booked a two days climbing with him and he took us to great multi pitch routes. Will book again!

Monica Nguyen

5.00

September, 2022

Climbing around Portovenere, 5 Terre

We had the most fun and incredible rock climbing day at Celsa with Carlo and Louise! We had so much fun and loved getting to know our guides! Carlo was a great instructor and you could tell he was very passionate about rock climbing and wanted us to excel and encouraged us! It was an amazing day!!! Highly recommend!!!!

Ben Steel

5.00

September, 2022

San Vito Lo Capo, rock climbing in Sicily

Mirto is an excellent guide, he is friendly and very engaging. He takes time to explain climbing technique and safety concepts. He is passionate about the climbing spots in sicily, and he has many years experience. Would definitely climb with Mirto again, and I recommend the Multi pitch routes in mt etna hills.

Janet Donovan

5.00

August, 2022

1+ day Rock climbing in Cinque Torri, near Cortina (Dolomites)

Renato was not available, but he connected us with Andrea, a certified guide from his alpine school. Andrea was extremely friendly, flexible, and easy to communicate with before the trip. We met him at the chair lift for Cinque Torri, and he led my 13-year-old daughter and my husband on their first multi-pitch climbing route (and repel). He took his time to assess their skills, ensure they understood all of the safety precautions, answered all of their questions, and verified their comfort level. Andrea was a patient and knowledgable guide, and also very engaging - even with me and my 11-year-old son who stayed on the ground. He went above and beyond, taking the time to join us for lunch at the rifugio. This experience was the highlight of our time in the Dolomites, and I would strongly recommend Andrea.

Itamar Zamir

5.00

July, 2022

Val Di Fassa rock climbing day tours in the Dolomites

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Paul Simons

5.00

July, 2022

Half-day Rock climbing in Finale Ligure

All in all a great climbing experience in a beautiful area, perfectly adjusted to personal experience and interests.

Rosemarie daly

5.00

July, 2022

South-West Sardinia Multipitch Long Routes

Fantastic experience. Thank you Marco!

Cally Archibald

5.00

July, 2022

1-Day Multi-Pitch Climbing the Masua Cliffs in Sardinia

We had the BEST day climbing with Marco in the Masua Cliffs. It was our first multi pitch so I was a little nervous but Marco made the whole experience seem so relaxed and fun. He was super professional and adjusted easily to suit our level, and sang me lots of songs when I got scared 😅. The climb itself was amazing. Because it was our first time we did an easier 5c route but it had lots of fun challenges - crack, slab, chimney. For me it was super technical and fun. The abseil down was one of the most spectacular feelings I have ever experienced. I will remember it forever. Grazie Marco for a great introduction to outdoor climbing. We can't wait to get more experienced and come back to stay longer and do some of the harder routes.

Christian Schlegel

4.00

June, 2022

1-Day Multi-Pitch Climb of the Pan di Zucchero in Sardinia

Marco is a gentleman and a very conscientious guide. He was prepared and always ahead of the game. We will try to go climbing with him again. Thanks Marco! The choice of route was an alternative due to closure on the Pan di Zucchero. It did provide a similar experience from what we can tell. So far I like the Explore-Share Service. It has been efficient and uncomplicated with reminders and an easy way to put us in contact with our guide.

Claire Addison

5.00

June, 2022

Marmolada 1-day via ferrata ascent

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Varun Jaladi

5.00

June, 2022

Guided multi-pitch climbing in the Dolomites

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Olivier bedard

5.00

May, 2022

Climbing around Portovenere, 5 Terre

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Ladislav Kavan

4.00

April, 2022

1+ day rock climbing around Lake Como, Italy

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Cillian O'Donnell

5.00

October, 2021

1+ day sport climbing trip in the Amalfi Coast

We had a great trip, the weather on the particular day was unfortunately bad but our guide was very adaptable and motivated.

Ping-hsuan Shen

5.00

October, 2021

4-day Sardinia multi-pitch climbing

Really good experience booking via Expore and Share. We've been in contact with several companies to arrange a climbing class but non of them were able to book a guide for us, Expore and Share managed. Put guide Marco was super friendly and experienced, we strongly recommend him.

Duncan Mahood

5.00

September, 2021

Guided multi-pitch climbing in the Dolomites

Explore Share is really a fantastic platform. I'm a first-time user and I was very happy with my experience. It was helpful to chat with Renato briefly before completing my booking so that we could narrow down the right dates. Renato personally was a fantastic guide with unmatched experience. I'll definitely be using this service again.

Adam Dexter

5.00

September, 2021

Marmolada 1-day via ferrata ascent

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Eric Daft

5.00

August, 2021

Rock Climbing Day on the Vajolet Towers, Dolomites

My Guide Robert Cecco WAS AMAZING! I would highly recommend

Ksawery Karczewski

5.00

July, 2021

Basic rock climbing course in the Apuan Alps

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Sophie Littlefair

5.00

September, 2020

Guided multi-pitch climbing in the Dolomites

Etienne was great.

Pepijn van den Hout

4.00

August, 2020

Half-day family climbing near Arco, Italy

This was a good trip. I joined with my 7y/o daughter who has no climbing experience. She had a good time. Although I am not sure how to change this, from my personal perspective, the trip would have been even better if there would also be a bigger challenge for adults.

Shaun F.

5.00

July, 2020

Climbing around Portovenere, 5 Terre

Great experience overall - we went to the Apuan alps where we were able to climb multiple routes with a fantastic view all with our guide Franco - very fun and memorable experience and would definitely recommend

Pit De Faccio

5.00

April, 2020

Arco 2-day multi-pitch rock climbing trip, Sarca Valley

I went to Campanile Basso di Brenta with Marika. Awesome, nothing less, experienced, kind, calm and female gentleness.

Francisca Dussaillant

5.00

February, 2020

Half-day family climbing near Arco, Italy

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Tiffany

5.00

December, 2019

Climbing around Portovenere, 5 Terre

Really great climbing experience near Cinque Terre. The location was beautiful and our guide was fantastic. 1/2 of our group was experienced and 1/2 was not. Our guide made sure to find an area to accommodate everyone's abilities. Would highly recommend this experience!

Peter Adamco

5.00

October, 2019

Arco 2-day multi-pitch rock climbing trip, Sarca Valley

I couldn't recommend a climbing guide more highly. Marika is energic, friendly and gave us just what we were looking for, moderate multi-pitch climbing in beautiful settings in the Dolomites, followed each day by the best restaurants and bars. She knows everything about climbing, the routes and as a local, the history of the region. She was also meticulous with safety and kept us in line where needed. Marika met all of our expectations and more. You won't be disappointed when you climb with her.

Annina Vasilescu

5.00

October, 2019

Climbing around Portovenere, 5 Terre

I got to spend two amazing days climbing on two of the most beautiful climbing places you could think of. The guides were fantastic! Everything was well prepared, they took good care of everything and everyone, making sure we all felt safe and satisfied at all times. So if you want to start climbing as a beginner in one of the top 20 climbing spots of the world, or if you already have climbing experience and simply want to improve your technique or skills. Or if you’re already an experienced climber and you simply are looking for super professional climbing partners, this is what you have to go for! I feel like I made friends and will definitely come back next year to climb again with these lovely guys 🏼🏼🏼

Theo Williams

5.00

September, 2019

Pedra Longa, Sardinia 1-day Rock climbing, Signorina Fantasia

Marco was an excellent guide. He made both my girlfriend and I feel very relaxed and safe, whilst pushing us when needed. Would highly recommend!

Darin Banner

5.00

September, 2019

Guided multi-pitch climbing in the Dolomites

Excellent experience. Customized to my needs. Very safe. Successful climb. Thanks!

Sonya Silleck

5.00

August, 2019

Family rock climbing day in the Cinque Torri, near Cortina d’Ampezzo

Giovanni was an exceptionally wonderful guide! Our family spent the day with him climbing in Cinque Torri. He was incredibly patient with our children, and was able to find routes that we all enjoyed climbing. We loved every minute of the day and would recommend this trip to any family interested in doing some sport climbing near Cortina/Cinque Torri.

Mark Aitken

5.00

August, 2019

Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Guided rock climbing in the Dolomites

Etienne was an excellent rock climbing guide and also thoroughly enjoyable company throughout our climb. We climbed Dibona Arete on Cime Grande together. A wonderful climb, although for me some challenging moves which I only completed because Etienne was taking great care of belaying me. I've no hesitation in recommending Etienne. Very well organised by explore-share.com too.

DeVette Taylor - Scripps

5.00

July, 2019

Rock climbing in Cala Gonone, Sardinia

Marco, was simply amazing! Very helpful and accommodating especially with working with our schedule. He pushed us all to be keep going(and watch our footing)!

Anonymous

5.00

July, 2019

Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Guided rock climbing in the Dolomites

Etienne is a very experience local guide who knows the area very well. He guided my boyfriend and I for 2 days. The first day, we went on a 13 multi-pitch climb up Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Etienne guided us up the mountain efficiently and safely while also taking time to explain to us some basic mountaineering concepts and our surrounding mountains. We started at 7am and was rappeling down by 3pm as he had originally estimated. The 2nd day was a more casual single pitch sport day where Etienne gave us some private instructions on how to efficiently climb outside using more legs and less arms. We are very happy with the service Etienne provided, he had great communication skills and spoke great english. We would consider him for future guided trips in the area again.

Rebecca Rountree

5.00

July, 2019

Val Di Fassa rock climbing day tours in the Dolomites

Climbing in the Dolomites with Etienne was absolutely a highlight of our trip. He was an excellent guide, knowledgeable, safe, and a pleasure to spend a day with. Communication leading up to the trip was easy and responsive, and I felt I could ask him any of my numerous questions. Our climb at the Sella Towers was the perfect choice for our first multi-pitch and we couldn’t have asked for a better guide.

Franz Both

5.00

July, 2019

South-West Sardinia Multipitch Long Routes

Marco is a perfect climbing guide. He takes maximum care of his guest. I felt absolutely safe all the time. He knows the local area best and finds always shadowy routes which was very important at this time 34°C.

Scott Patterson

5.00

June, 2019

Guided multi-pitch climbing in the Dolomites

Excellent guide and climbing.

Brenda V

5.00

June, 2019

Guided multi-pitch climbing in the Dolomites

My brother and I did our first multi pitch climbs with Etienne in the valley near Arco. We had a great time on the rocks, we always felt secured and learned a lot too. Etienne knows the area very well and picked a pitch with a great view. Would recommend to any beginner climbers who want to challenge themselves.

Meir Asiskovich

5.00

June, 2019

Val Di Fassa rock climbing day tours in the Dolomites

We came to do 1 day climbing for beginners, ended exceeding expectations with the BEST advavature we ever add. The guide was super comb and professional. We just wait for the next time...

Sam Mueller

5.00

May, 2019

Guided multi-pitch climbing in the Dolomites

Its important to look at reviews of each guide to choose the best experience. Look no further. Etienne Bernard is flexible, safe, personable, proactive, and HIGHLY experienced. Although it was snowy and frigid, Etienne helped me persevere up the a 600' climb. He was very encouraging, I never felt unsafe, and I fully recommend his guiding services. I hope everyone looking to climb, ski, or hike in the Dolomites, Italy is able to having Etienne as their guide.

Katerina

5.00

November, 2018

Easy rock climbing for women in Sarca Valley

Marika is an amazing guide and a really nice person! we had a great time. She was not pushy but helped us to overcome our inner barriers and complete more that we expected. as a trainer Marika is absolutely professional and very passionate and open to share her knowledge, experience and love to the climbing. I really hope we will come back to works with her soon, since it was unforgettable

Daniel

5.00

October, 2018

Marmolada 1-day via ferrata ascent

We had a great experience with Mr.Enrico Geremia for our via ferrata trip up Marmolada. Enrico was a friendly guide and did not compromise with any of the safety equipment. We felt secure all the while with Enrico. We would certainly recommend our friends who have plans to hike the Dolomites in the future to use this platform :)

Sophie Price

5.00

October, 2018

Val Di Fassa rock climbing day tours in the Dolomites

Etienne was a fantastic guide! He suggested doing a multipitch tour of the Sella towers after I contacted exploreshare with a description of my experience, this was a great way for me to check out a bit of the Dolomites and a first taste of multipitch with the limited time I had available. Very friendly and knowledgeable, and went out of his way to help me get to and from the Val Di Fassa. Thanks again, and hope to return in the future!

Ryan

5.00

September, 2018

1-Day Multi-Pitch Climb of the Pan di Zucchero in Sardinia

The multipitch we did at Pan di Zucchero with Marco was fantastic. A great spot to climb, with amazing views. Marco was also a great guide – friendly, experienced, and willing to pick us up from our accommodation which was very helpful.

Helene Steuer

4.00

September, 2018

1-Day Multi-Pitch Climb of Aguglia Goloritze in Sardinia

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Battista Gilardi

5.00

August, 2018

Arco 2-day multi-pitch rock climbing trip, Sarca Valley

Last days of August 2018. As for more than 10 years I have left Valtellina for a week of climbing in the Dolomites. Our historical, affectionate and appreciated mountain guide Marika. On August 23, 2018, at the suggestion of Marika herself, we let ourselves be guided to the conquest of the "Campanile di Val Montanaia", a spectacular and wild spire. Beautiful ascension, in absolute safety and plaisir. Thanks "great" Marika. Battista.

Mary Lulgjuraj

5.00

August, 2018

Climbing in the Apuan Alps in Tuscany

I had an amazing time!

Samuel Levi Young

5.00

July, 2018

Climbing around Portovenere, 5 Terre

This was an incredible experience!!! Our guide Fabio, president of the Tuscan Rock Climbing Federation, took us throughout the beautiful Muzzerone. His 35 years of experience definitely showed. He was wise, courteous, and knowledgable. The climbing itself was some of the best we've encountered: the rock faces were gorgeous (nice and gritty, easy to grip) and the views of the Mediterranean were spectacular. Highly highly recommend.

Joris Hooftman

5.00

July, 2018

1+ day multi-pitch rock climbing in the Sarca Valley, Italy

Super chill guy. Had a great time. Laughed and learned a lot.

HILLARY CHIERICI

5.00

July, 2018

Climbing in the Apuan Alps in Tuscany

Dashing between spectacular thunderstorms, we had an amazing day with Carlos - who we've dubbed author of "Zen and the Art of Rock Climbing!" He brought a new and fresh perspective to climbing, from breathing techniques to adding blue painters tape to our toes to keep our focus on our feet. It worked! Our climbing felt more fluid and natural. It was a wonderful day for the entire family.

Tony Roberts

5.00

June, 2018

Guided multi-pitch climbing in the Dolomites

Brilliant trip with my 14 year old son. Etienne knew the area thoroughly, chose challenging but fun routes, kept us safe at all times and made the whole trip a fantastic experience.

Chengann Tan

5.00

December, 2017

Climbing around Portovenere, 5 Terre

Fabio and Valeria were our guides on the day. We were a family with kids aged between 10 and 14years old. Fabio was very safety conscious and passionate about the sport. Very friendly and we felt like a day out with friends. The climbing spot was amazing. Great view, nice rocks.

Ian Newton

5.00

September, 2017

Marmolada 1-day via ferrata ascent

Enrico is a great guide!

Derek Wood

5.00

August, 2017

Marmolada 1-day via ferrata ascent

Enrico was a great guide. He gave us some history of the mountain while climbing and took photos for us while hiking up to Punta Penia. Very professional and helpful guide!

Janne Blessing

5.00

August, 2017

Climbing in the Apuan Alps in Tuscany

We were a group of 6 climbing up to Monte Procinto (5a route) - we had a great day and our guide was really good. His calm and helpful attitude got us all to the top, even though a few of us are scared of heights. We're not really climbers, but we performed well with the after-climb beers :)

Matt Parsell

5.00

July, 2017

Climbing in the Apuan Alps in Tuscany

I knew it was going to be an amazing time climbing but wow! Cris and his wife took care of everything! Great communication and quick responses on all my questions and concerns. It was my first time climbing outside and also leading(3month new at gym climbing). They made me feel safe but challenged. Exactly what i was looking for. Spent 6.5 hours on the wall and that was perfect for my full day. Unimaginable views!! Will definitely be bringing my partner back for a few days climbing here!

Sathya

5.00

April, 2017

Climbing around Portovenere, 5 Terre

Our guide, Cris (Roberto's colleague), was very professional and easy going. He made us feel very comfortable. It was clear safety was a priority. We did a variety of climbs that were great for my sister (beginner) and myself (intermediate). So fun and a great way to see the views in a unique way!

Friedrich

5.00

September, 2016

Climbing in the Apuan Alps in Tuscany

I went climbing with a group organized by Roberto. We went to a crag near Camaiore, it was great!

Matthew

5.00

August, 2016

Climbing in the Apuan Alps in Tuscany

My daughter (11 years old) and I had a nice day of sport climbing is Sant Anna above Camaiore with a great guide from Roberto's team. It was a good place to learn and do some more challenging routes as the day progressed. The views are also fantastic. Can't wait to return next year and also spend a night at a rifugio!


 

There are many reasons for choosing Rock Climbing in Italy

From the seaside cliffs of Sardinia to the majestic towers of the Dolomites, and everything in between, there is no shortage of beautiful scenery. The turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea are plenty rewarding for the tough climb up the seaside cliffs. Meanwhile, climbing in the shadow of the Alps’ most iconic peaks is equally as beautiful.

 

Good to know:

Country Code:

+39

Currency:

Euro

Language:

Italian

Best time to visit:

May to September, although in Sardinia rock climbing may be done all year round

How long should I stay?

This depends on what you would like to do and how much time you have to spare. Many guides offer a variety of trips from single-day excursions to week-long expeditions. Overall, a week or two is probably enough to thoroughly experience whichever location you choose to visit

What’s the weather like?

During the summer, northern Italy can get quite hot in the valleys, but become more mild with higher altitudes. Rain is uncommon during this season, though more frequent in the autumn. Sardinia has a Mediterranean climate and is generally warm all year long. The summers can be quite hot with a very strong sun. Rain is not uncommon in the spring

More info about Rock Climbing in Italy:

Italy’s rugged and diverse landscape combined with its superb summer climate makes the Mediterranean paradise an ideal rock climbing location. The country is pretty big by European standards, but getting here is no problem. Depending on where you are going, you’ll likely arrive somewhere different. To get to the Dolomites, flying into Milan is best. Arriving in Turin is ideal for a trip to the Aosta Valley. Meanwhile, arriving in Cagliari or Olbia works well for climbing in Sardinia. Other popular rock climbing destinations in Italy include around Pisa and Genoa on the western coast; Trieste in the west, along the Slovenian border; Lake Como in the north; and Ancona, on the Adriatic Sea coastline. Bouldering is also quite popular in the north too

 

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