One of the great joys of taking a countryside walking tour of Italy is finding wild orchids blooming along the trail. Our walking tour guides in Italy know just when and where to spot these exquisite flowers, enriching the experience of a countryside or coastal walking tour in Italy.
You’ll find wild orchids in Italy begin blooming in Sicily in February, and continue through mid-May, and we’ve timed our walking tours in Sicily to coincide with the wildflower season. In other areas of Italy, such as Tuscany and Umbria, walkers will be rewarded with wild orchids in April and May.
Talking a walk in the splendid countryside in Italy allows you to notice things that you would never find on a faster mode of travel.
In the Dolomites, the wildflower season is mainly in June and July, when you can take a rest from a hike in the Dolomites in a field full of wild orchids. If you’ve ever thought of hiking in the Italian Alps, this is the best time to go.
Hike up to an alpine meadow to admire the various colors of the tiny nigritella orchid, which blooms at 2000 meters high in the Dolomites, and breathe in their vanilla scent.
Occasionally in Sicily and while walking along the coast in other areas of Italy, you’ll even find orchids in late fall, blooming beneath bushes of wild thyme.
And if you are more of a seafarer than someone who takes walks in Italy, you can always just name your boat after these exquisite flowers.
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