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Italy

Wildlife holidays in Italy

What’s special about Italy?

Italy casts its magical spell on many of its visitors, who find themselves returning again and again to explore different regions of this wonderful part of Europe.

Its ancient cities such as Rome, Venice and Florence are breathtaking, but these are not the only places to find architectural and artistic masterpieces. The Colosseum, Grand Canal and Ponte Vecchio might be world renowned, but equally enchanting are the hundreds of small, fortified hilltop towns and villages scattered throughout the country containing a network of often deserted cobbled streets echoing to the sound of church bells, the church itself often hiding its own treasures.

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"Italy is famed for its ancient history but our ‘Italy – The Sorrento Peninsula’ explores the rich Mediterranean and mountain flora, birds and butterflies of this relatively undiscovered area."

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager

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Pearly Heath (Ken Bailey)Rosengarten and Cranesbills (Ken Bailey)Woodland Ringlet (Ken Bailey)Yellow-spotted Ringlet (Ken Bailey)Lago di Barrea and Monte Marsicano from Barrea (Lee Morgan)Hilltop town (Gill Castle)Lago Barrea (Gill Castle)Naturetrek clients searching for bearsViloet Romulea, Romulea bulbocodium (Paul Harmes)Azure Stonecrop, Sedum caerulium (Paul Harmes)Pink Butterfly Orchid, Orchis papilonacea (Paul Harmes)Alpine Squill, Scilla bifolia (Paul Harmes)Farm house and Yellow Asphodel (Andrew Cleave)Serapias cordigera (Andrew Cleave)Serapias vomeraceae (Andrew Cleave)Ophrys parvimaculata (Andrew Cleave)

Italys landscape is spectacular. The rolling hills of Tuscany outlined by dark cypress trees are perhaps many peoples perception of Italy. However, over 75% of the country is mountainous with the Alps, Dolomites and Apennines being probably the most well known and providing wonderful mountain walks.

In addition, Italy offers the beautiful Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, the Amalfi coast, the wonders of Pompeii, volcanoes, mountains, ancient cities and some of the best food and wine in the world – the whole bathed in that wonderful light seemingly unique to Italy and so beloved of the Old Masters.

Naturetrek tours to Italy

Naturetrek offers a whole range of wildlife holidays and natural history tours to Italy. The tours include:

  • Natural history & culture in Tuscany
  • Flora, birds & butterflies on the Sorrento Peninsula
  • Flowers of the Gargano Peninsula
  • Bird watching in the Po Delta & sightseeing in Venice
  • An exploration of the wildlife of Umbria & Italian Alps
  • Flowers & butterflies of the Italian Dolomites
  • Brown Bears, Wolves, Wild Boar, butterflies & other special wildlife of Abruzzo National Park

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Italy HOLIDAYS

Hotel was excellent. Staff always very friendly and helpful. Evening meals consistently of a very high standard. Local wines good value for money. Everything clean. The logistics and organisation of the trip were first class. Great range of habitats provided superb range of things for all tastes - scenery, Lepidoptera, botany... Excellent co-operation between the guides. Picnics - a wonderful selection of Italian meats, cheeses, fruit and wine was provided every day. Both Rob and Gianluca are great leaders. Robs knowledge of the area, its history and of course its butterflies was fantastic. His athletic use of a net led to many species being seen that would otherwise have flown away. Gianluca has a phenomenal enthusiasm for everything which is infectious.
The whole holiday lived up to expectations. All travel arrangements went smoothly. The Hotel hit just the right balance of informality and comfort. Food was excellent and we were never made to feel a nuisance when up early for bear-watching! Lee and Jessica complimented each other with their vast and diverse knowledge. They were delightful companions and never made us feel pressurised for time - congratulations to them both! We would certainly go with Naturetrek again - this was my 4th!
Andrew Cleave had a lovely relaxed approach. He gave just the right amount of information.