Wild Orchids Found on Walks in Italy


One of the great joys of taking a walking tour in Italy is finding wild orchids blooming along the trail.  Our walking guides in Italy know just when and where to spot these exquisite flowers, enriching the experience of a countryside or coastal walking tour.

wild orchid
Ophrys tenthredinifera, sawfly orchid

You’ll find wild orchids inItaly begin blooming in Sicily in February, and continue through mid-May, while in other areas such as Tuscany and Umbria, walkers will be rewarded with wild orchids in April and May. 

orchis papilionacea
orchis papilionacea - butterfly orchid

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.

wild orchids in Italy
ophrys lutea & orchis lactea

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.  

wildflowers in the dolomites

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.    

 nigritella orchids

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.  

ophrys orchid

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. 

boat named Orchidea

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2 thoughts on “Wild Orchids Found on Walks in Italy

  1. Hi Anita,
    I am heading to Italy around last week of May and June. I am an avid Orchid grower here in Australia and I would love to see some of the Italian Orchids in the wild. I will be around Treviso as this is where my fathers family is from. Who should I book these tours through, I am finding it hard to find. I see people blogs and pictures, but there are no names on who they did their tours through.

    This has been a must for me for some time, and I am taking the opportunity this time, if I can find someone to show me around.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    1. Hello Fiorella – You might try heading up to the mountains during that period of time, as I think your time period is a bit late for orchids at a lower altitude. I am sorry but I do not know of anyone doing orchid viewing tours in that area. Best of luck and have a wonderful trip. – Anita

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