Although Italy has just recently loosened their lockdown restrictions and opened back up to tourists, the country has big plans for its tourism industry -- a $35 million plan, to put it bluntly.
Over the course of the next 13 or so years, Italy plans to expand on the existing 4,350 miles of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club) Path to connect the country’s 25 national parks. From the Dolomites along the northern border, down past Cinque Terre and through the middle of the boot, the path will even wind down through Sardinia and Sicily.
“National parks are a treasure trove of nature: we must guarantee their conservation, but also their usability,” said environment minister, Sergio Costa, in a statement according to Time Out. “For all travellers along the Path of the Parks we will also create a ‘passport,’ a symbolic recognition for hikers who will cross the territory of each park and to reward those who have managed to complete it by stopping in all 25 national parks,” he said.
To kick your wanderlust up a notch, here’s a sneak peek at the kinds of grounds you could encounter on your way along the Sentiero dei Parchi.