Walking in Italy – Streets, Staircases and Hills

Erice road Photo by Margie MiklasMost of Italy is  mountainous or hilly at the very least, so plan on walking a lot when traveling to Bella Italia. On average, I walk a minimum of five miles a day and many times it’s closer to eight or nine.  I find all  the inclined streets, staircases, walkways and hills quite challenging, but the more often I travel to Italy, the easier these have become to navigate.

Italian woman walking uphill in Bergamo Photo by Margie Miklas
Italian woman walking uphill in Bergamo

I decided to post a few of these photos to give you an idea of how it is to move about in Italy. It still amazes me that the locals do this every day and think nothing of it since they are used to it as part of the Italian lifestyle. No wonder they live to be in their eighties and nineties and still get around better than their younger counterparts in the U.S.

 An inclined street in Bergamo Photo bymargie Miklas
An inclined street in Bergamo
Narrow stairway in Centro Storico of Caltagirone Photo by Margie Miklas
Narrow stairway in Centro Storico of Caltagirone
Apricale caruggi Poto by margie Miklas
Apricale caruggi
Dolceacqua Bridge Photo by Margie Miklas
Dolceacqua Bridge
Positano Photo by Margie Miklas
Positano Staircase
Cisternino centro storico
Cisternino centro storico
Life on the Amalfi Coast photo by Margie Miklas
Life on the Amalfi Coast
Hiking the Cinque Terre Trail Photo by Margie Miklas
Hiking the Cinque Terre Trail
Winding roads in Sicily Photo by Magie Miklas
Winding roads in Sicily
Steep hills in Perugia Photo by Margie Miklas
Steep hills in Perugia
Udine - Porticato del Lippomano Photo by Margie Miklas
Udine – Porticato del Lippomano
Path of the Gods Photo by Margie Miklas
Path of the Gods Photo by Margie Miklas
Erice Photo by Margie Miklas
Margie in Erice

Have you experienced any challenges walking in Italy? I’d love to hear your stories, so please leave a comment.

Grazie and Ciao

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10 Responses

  1. Lovely photos. I love how people have the baskets of flowers outside their windows and the cobble streets.

  2. That is one of the things I love so much in Italy too Rebecca…There always are flowers!

  3. Margie – Looks like you’ve been “meandering along the cobblestone to somewhere,” too. Nice photos.

  4. antoguida

    lìItalia è proprio bella! 🙂

  5. The post brings back memories. Key for us lovers of Italy to be able to enjoy as much as possible, travel as light as we can! The times i have a heavy bag become such an impediment; getting on and off public transport, getting up to higher stories of accomodation when there is no lift, rattling along cobbled streets which are rolly bag wheel killers… If I can’t comfortably pick up my bag and carry if for a while then I am taking too much! Gorgeous pictures Margie.

  6. Grazie Andrea…

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