When you think of Italy, you summon images of sun kissed vineyards, stunning Renaissance castles and picturesque rolling landscapes. You don’t immediately associate it with adrenaline-fuelled white water rafting adventures, and yet rafting is about as Italian as balsamic vinegar.
The Italy rafting season, like most of the rest of Europe, runs all summer long and there’s a range of adventures for all ability levels.
Located in north-west Italy, the Stura di Lanzo is a 65 km long tributary that meets the mighty river Po in the historic city of Turin. However, things are a little bit rougher up stream as the Stura di Lanzo squeezes through gorges and winds its way through majestic mountain landscapes. It’s perfect for beginners and those looking for a gentler adventure.
If you’re looking for something a little more extreme, the Noce River passes through Il Val di Sol (the Valley of the Sun) and is renowned for being one of the best rafting destinations in Europe. With some frightening class V and VI rapids to take on, this is a place for experienced rafters to get their kicks white water rafting Italy.
The unmistakable Alps dominate northern Italy. One of the largest mountain ranges in Europe, it’s not surprising that in the summer time, it’s also home to some truly exceptional rafting. The South Tyrol region is surrounded by the mighty Dolomites, offering rafting with a view that is hard to better anywhere on the planet.
Tucked away in the north-western corner of the Alpine Italy is the stunning Aosta valley. With Europe’s highest peak Mont Blanc towering in the distance, you can get some idea of the kind of rafting that you can experience here.
Whether it’s a white knuckle adventure of a more serene experience in picture perfect landscapes, for white water rafting Italy is hard to beat.