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Fitness and Sport for Expats in Italy

Submitted: March 2014

While the image you might have of Italians is a pasta-eating wine-drinking laidback people, Italy’s beautiful terrain offers unending inspiration for the fitness zealot.  A range of sports and hobbies make up Italian culture. Even if you are not a fitness fanatic, Italy’s breathtaking landscapes have the ability to encourage anyone to lead a more active lifestyle.



Windsurfing and Sailing in La Garda

It is possible to go windsurfing or sailing at any time of year in La Garda because of the regions constant winds. If you would are new to these sports or would simply like to hone your skills then there are many windsurfing and sailing clubs along the lakeshore of Italy’s largest lake. The windy atmosphere makes La Garda the ever-friendly host to regattas. A list of the windsurfing clubs is available at this website https://www.visitgarda.com/en/Windsurfing-center-lake-garda/. For sailing clubs, visit https://www.visitgarda.com/en/sailing-center-lake-garda/

 

Cycling/Mountain Biking

Italy is a bike-friendly country where many people pedal as their main form of transportation and even train for various cycling events. A bike tour is a great way to enjoy Italy’s idyllic views. The biking season begins around April and ends in late October.

If mountain biking is your sport then The Dolomites (a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps) offers beautiful mountain terrain. During the summer time, Cortina D’ampezzo is every cyclist’s dream. There are many hotels around the town that cater to the cycling enthusiast.

If you are interested in competitive cycling then visit the Italian Cycling Federation website for more information. https://www.federciclismo.it/index.asp

 

Skiing

During the winter months, Cortina D’ampezzo transforms into a winter wonderland of ski slopes ready for the beginner and expert alike to conquer.  You can find many ski resorts around Italy to cater to your needs.  Accommodation at ski resorts ranges from budget friendly family-run hotels to the ultra luxurious. To find the resort best suited to your needs; it is advisable that you do research into the different ski regions of Italy. A good website to view is https://www.skiresort.info/ski-resorts/europe/italy/

 

Hiking

If your idea of a relaxing afternoon is hiking while taking in gorgeous scenery, then Italy provides endless trails. National Geographic hailed Cinque Terre, Sentiero Azzuro as one the world’s best hikes. The hike can be as easy or as challenging as you make it since there are five towns to stop and rest along the trail. While the Cinque Terre is one of the more popular hiking trails, there are many other trails around the country from which to choose. A list of other popular hiking trails can be found at https://www.everytrail.com/browse.php?activity_id=5&country=ITALY

 

Yoga

If you are looking to awaken your inner yogi, then why not start in Italy. There are many gyms that offer yoga classes, but if you would like to immerse yourself fully into the practice and you have a few days to spare, why not consider a yoga retreat? There are countless yoga retreats offered but it is always advisable that you do your research before spending money on a retreat. A good website to start your research is https://www.bookyogaretreats.com/all/d/europe/italy

If you are into the gym culture, there are many popular chains to choose from. If you would like to find a gym close to you then visit the website https://www.gymvisit.com/findagym.htm?loc=europe/italy for a selection of facilities near you.

 

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