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