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St Zyprian In The Dolomites

Some skiers spend years trying to get off piste but never quite manage it. Sometimes, the answer is so simple: just ditch the skis, strap on a pair of snowshoes, and walk.

  • Dolomites

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Winter Activities

    Landscape

    Mountains

  • Jan

    Feb

    Mar

  • Average group size: 10-12

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Walking grade

Grade 5

This is a Grade 5/Snowshoeing holiday. We will walk through some of the finest scenery in Europe. It should be looking at its very best capped with winter snow. For details of the walks please see the walks descriptions under the day by day itinerary.

You should expect to walk on generally good paths but occasionally these become rough and stony or slippery for short sections; we‘ll adjust our pace accordingly and the programme will always be adjusted to cope with any inclement weather conditions. 

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk with a local guide to experience the best walks and knowledge of the area.
  • Admire the stunning landscape as you walk through woods or valleys; alongside a river or following the mountainside contours.
  • Enjoy afternoon cakes, heated pool and sauna at the hotel.
  • The new cable car built in 2022 offers marvellous views on the way to one of our walks.

Some skiers spend years trying to get off piste and into the silence of the winter mountains but never quite manage it. Sometimes, the answer is so simple it’s hard to believe just ditch the skis, strap on a pair of snowshoes, and walk. Leave the resort behind and don’t look back. Instant silence. Just you and your snowshoe companions, the birds, and the peaceful white mountains of the Dolomites. A very occasional skier crosses your path, but they are gone in an instant. Blissful.

In the still of the morning, the winter chill nips at nose and ears. The sun rises from behind the castellated limestone peaks that dominate the skyline. Walking from St Zyprian we are surrounded by some of the finest scenery in the Alps. The jagged outlines of the Catinaccio, the Rosengarten, and the Sciliar group peaks are distinctive and captivating. We set out across crisp snow, unmarked apart from the occasional fox and bird track. This is a pure wilderness experience. Snowshoes liberate us from prepared tracks and crowds, and we can be the first to cross the virgin terrain.

Back at the hotel, we can relax in the heated indoor and linked outdoor pool and the spa before the first-class dinner that the four-star Hotel Dosses offers. They keep a pretty good wine cellar, as you might expect and the Wellness Centre offers a range of facilities including a sauna, steam room and solarium.

As with all winter activities snow cannot be guaranteed. However, the walks are equally spectacular on snowshoes, on spikes or in walking boots.

There is a new cable car, completed in 2022 which leaves from close by the hotel and takes guests up to the mountains. We will use this at least once on the holiday although guests who prefer not too can take the bus instead.

As with all winter activities snow cannot be guaranteed. However, the walks are equally spectacular on snowshoes or walking boots. It is important to note that like all winter activities there is an element of weather dependence. Please take this itinerary as a guide to what walks we might do. The day to day itinerary will be chosen to make the best of the conditions.


  • Return flights from London to Innsbruck
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • Afternoon cakes included
  • Hire of snowshoes and poles
  • All local transport costs.
  • Local guide to accompany five walks
  • The services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

30000

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

St Zyprian

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

You transfer from the airport through the mountains to reach St Zyprian and the hotel. Dinner is in the hotel tonight and through out the holiday.

Day 2

Val Ciamin.

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    670m

The week starts with a walk from the hotel. The walk provides unchallenging environment to get acquainted with equipment. The vista that appears just metres from the hotel is just stunning. The pillars of dolomitic limestone are quite unlike anything in the Western Alps and it will be difficult to bring our attention back to putting our snow shoes! It a charming and quiet walk, going up the north side of the Ciamin valley and down the south side. It is dominated by the sunlit walls of the Rosengarten/ Catinaccio ranges. Our picnic lunch is at the Rechter Leger, a simple agricultural building and we will be back in time for the cakes and salads provided included by the hotel from about 3.30pm onwards, every day!

Day 3

Alpi de Suisi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    425/560m

Today you head away from the jagged peaks which flank the Hotel. Alpi di Siusi takes us into a new landscape where the geology differs from the Dolomites. This rolling plateau is the largest high mountain pasture in Europe. On a clear day views are 360 degrees, whether you look at the towering Mount Sciliar (aka Schlern), the Denti di Terrarossa (aka Rosszahne) or the Sasso Lungo Mountain group. We travel by local bus through valley villages and then by cable car to Compatsch at 1,825m. The gentle cable car ride is part of the experience. At the top,  snow conditions permitting, we explore the little rolling hills of the Puflatsch plateau. On this walk we reach a height of 2,130m at the commanding viewpoint of Filln - Kreuz. Lunch can be taken at one of the mountain hut restaurants which serve traditional South Tyrolean food, sitting outside on a sunny terrace or inside in a cosier setting.

Day 4

Labyrinthsteig.

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400/1000m

A wonderful route which really does go through a natural labyrinth of gigantic snow-covered boulders. We start from Passo Costalunga for views of the Marmolada in the distance. We make our way across the ski slopes, into the woods, down into the valley where we find ourselves on the Agatha Christie Weg! Agatha Christie set part of her thriller ‘The Big Four’ in the Labyrinth; it was the hideout of one of the four master criminals featured in the book. After a great walk we finally arrive back at the hotel. There is also an option to take a bus back to the hotel to shorten the walk if required.

Day 5

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we plan a rest day. Obviously, there is plenty of walking available, but you may prefer to take the bus down to Bolzano to see the very impressive Ötzi Museum and/or some retail therapy.

Day 6

Ciampiede al Rifugio Vaiolet.

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450m

This walk takes us into the next valley with great views of the ‘other side’ of the Catinaccio, Val di Fassa, the Marmolada, the Cortina Dolomites, the Sella Stuck and numerous ‘Torres’ and ‘Cimes’! This is arguably the most magnificent scenery of the whole holiday. We take a bus, cable car and chairlift to the start of the walk. The walk goes up the Vaiolet valley and takes in five refuges (of which only one is likely to be open) with towers to the left and peaks to the right - a visual feast! We return down the same valley, conditions permitting by a slightly different route.

Day 7

Alla Hanickerschwaige.

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/950m

This popular trail takes in forest and high alps. Everything in the South Tyrol is marked in both German and Italian, and a ‘Schwaige’, essentially a shepherd’s hut or dairy building on a summer pasture, is the same as a ‘Malga’. We can start from Passo Nigra and contour round the mountain, in and out of forests and high pastures with superb views of several ranges including the Brenta group, the Latemar group, the Orlter group, the Schwarzhorn and the Weisshorm, the list just goes on! There are a few narrow and slightly exposed sections of this walk, but they are short.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Sadly your week draws to a close. It is time to leave the superb hospitality of the Hotel Dosses. The transfer back to Innsbruck is equally scenic as the way up and should take a similar time.

Departure dates for your selected tour

25th Jan 2025 - 1st Feb 2025 (7 Nights)

22nd Feb 2025 - 1st Mar 2025 (7 Nights)

8th Mar 2025 - 15th Mar 2025 (7 Nights)

Graphic of map of St Zyrian In The Dolomites Ramble Worldwide walking holiday tour depicting surrounding area of Italy, Austria, and Germany

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Innsbruck 
  • Arrival transfer by road c.2hrs
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Dosses

We stay in the very comfortable four-star family run four-star Hotel Dosses in the mountain hamlet of St Zyprian.

The hotel has been run by the Schroffenegger family for three generations and offers a superb combination of smart and relaxed. Accommodation is very spacious and very comfortable - traditional, but new.

Cakes and salads are provided by the hotel from 15.30 onwards and dinner is never less than a four course affair, often more, including a buffet starter. They also keep a good wine cellar, as you might expect.

There is well appointed wellness centre in the basement which should be tried. It offers a wide range of facilities including a hot tub, sauna, steam room and solarium. Bring a swimming costume for the hot tub. For the locals nudity is the practise in sauna and steam room, you may prefer a swimming costume! Full instructions will be provided! Free Wi-Fi is available.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 5/Snowshoeing holiday. We will walk through some of the finest scenery in Europe. It should be looking at its very best capped with winter snow. For details of the walks please see the walks descriptions under the day by day itinerary.

You should expect to walk on generally good paths but occasionally these become rough and stony or slippery for short sections; we‘ll adjust our pace accordingly and the programme will always be adjusted to cope with any inclement weather conditions. 

Walks & Excursions

The leader will offer guidance in technique and will arrange a full programme.  Walks will be arranged by our leader in consultation with our local guide who will accompany all walks. Each evening the leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day.  If you do not wish to join the party, please let the leader know. 

Inevitably weather and snow conditions can affect the selection of walks and the order we undertake those walks. 

Costs for transport in conjunction with the programme are included in the holiday charge. A bus pass for the week provides an unlimited number of bus rides as far as Bolzano in the valley.  Cable cars and any other excursions may also be taken. 

Please note that, as for everywhere, snow cannot be guaranteed. In the event of limited snow cover, all walks can still be undertaken using snowshoes or spikes as appropriate.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London to Innsbruck and return.

Travel between the Innsbruck Airport and St Zyprian is by road and takes approximately 2 hours.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge and will be taken at the hotel.  Lunches are not included.

Cakes and salads are provided by the hotel from 15.30 onwards although you will be expected to buy a drink – tea, coffee or alcoholic.  Dinner is never less than a four-course affair, often more, including a buffet starter. The hotel will also provide excellent gluten free, vegetarian and vegan meals on request. They keep a pretty good wine cellar, as you might expect.

In Italy, traditional meals may include primo, il secondo, and dolce, depending on the individual restaurant. Primo can be served as an appetiser and usually consists of rich pasta, soup or risotto. The main course is called il secondo and usually includes meat, fish or vegetarian. The dolce refers to the dessert and ends a traditional Italian meal.


Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Thermos- coffee/tea (for a small charge) or hot water are available at the hotel
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful) although ski poles will be provided
  • Sit mat
  • Gaiters (very useful in deep snow)
  • Waterproof walking boots
  • Neck Buff
  • Ice/Snow grippers for walking if insufficient snow for snow shoes

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

It is very useful to have a day sack that has means of strapping snow shoes on when they are not being worn. 

Holiday Specific Kit

Trekking poles are provided by the hotel along with snow shoes and are included in the cost of the holiday. 

Ice Grippers (Half Crampons) clip over footwear to provide better grip in slippery conditions. Previous clients on the holiday have found these useful on occasions when walking around the town and in areas of poor snow cover on our walks. The hotel does have pairs it can lend but it is probable they will not have enough of each size to supply everybody. We do not recommend you buy a pair but if you have some at home it does make sense to bring these with you.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Italy

Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Maps showing the loipen (cross-country ski tracks) are available locally. Many local libraries stock a good selection of travel guides/books which may offer you more information on the area. You may find the following websites useful:

 talian State Tourism:           www.enit.it

Sud Tirol Tourist Office:       www.suedtirol.info/What_to_See_-_Do/holiday.html

Tiers Tourist Office              www.tiers.it/en/index.html

 

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Italian Laws & Customs

In some Italian towns and cities you may be fined for dropping litter and in some towns or cities it’s an offence to sit on monument steps or to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity of main churches, historic monuments and public buildings. It’s also an offence to enter or bathe in public fountains.

In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.

Illegal traders operate on the streets of all major Italian cities, particularly tourist cities like Florence, Venice and Rome. Don’t buy from illegal street traders. You could be stopped by the local police and fined.

It is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy. Doing so may result in heavy fines. It’s also forbidden to collect various species of flowers, plants and herbs from mountain and wooded areas. For more information, check with the regional authorities of the area you’re visiting.

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust is passionate about making the outdoors more accessible for more people from all communities. We grant funds to many organisations and have recently partnered with Mind Over Mountains, Adaptive Grand Slam and other groups to create an enduring impact on people’s lives and to support them to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the Trust makes many small grants to local organisations such as Ramblers Groups, Walkers are Welcome, My kind of Books and recently provided a small grant, via his scouting group, to enable a young man whose family had fallen on hard times to complete his DofE Gold award.

Patron of the Trust is the renowned explorer, Mark Wood. Over 20 years Mark has undertaken expeditions to some of the most remote parts of our planet. Our shared values make for an exciting partnership, and we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can encourage people from all communities to enjoy being active outdoors in whatever way suits them best.

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

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Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Italy

  • Capital

    Rome

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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