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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!

Rock Climbing in Italy

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FAQs: Rock Climbing in Italy

What should I know about Rock Climbing 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.

Why should I choose Italy for my Rock Climbing adventure?

Stunning scenery

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.

Something for everyone

Italy is a great place for rock climbers of every level. The Dolomites offer numerous routes up some of the most famous crags. Some are more difficult than others. The sea cliffs of Sardinia offer quite a challenge as well and the Aosta Valley has long, challenging climbs as well as short day trips. Single and multi-pitch trad and sport routes abound.

Come for the culture

When you are not out on the rocks, take in some of the culture from this cradle of Western Civilization. Take in the superb architecture and visit ancient cities. Taste the unique flavors of the Mediterranean diet. Sample some of the best olive oil and wine in the world too. While you’re not sightseeing or eating, talk to the people and learn what living in this unique country is like.

What can I expect from the weather in Italy?

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.

How many days should I allocate for my Italy Rock Climbing experience?

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.

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What’s the high season for Rock Climbing in Italy?

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

What people are saying about Rock Climbing | Italy



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.



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...



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.



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.



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.

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