Episode 039 Hike Italy : The Italian Lakes District Hike and Kayak the most beautiful lakes in the world* Located in the Italian alps, the Italian Lakes District has spectacular pristine lakes surrounded by the majestic alps! No wonder so many celebrities like George Clooney, Madonna and Sir Ri
Publish Date: Jan 23, 2019
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Episode 039 Hike Italy : The Italian Lakes District Hike and Kayak the most beautiful lakes in the world* Located in the Italian alps, the Italian Lakes District has spectacular pristine lakes surrounded by the majestic alps! No wonder so many celebrities like George Clooney, Madonna and Sir Richard Branson have purchased homes here. On today’s Active Travel Adventures podcast, we interview Christine Jenkins, who went on Active Adventure’s ‘Dolce Vita’ fully guided ten day adventure travel holiday. Christine explains that each day, she thought if she had to go home that day, her expectations were exceeded, and still every day got better still! She hiked stunning trails overlooking the lakes, and kayaked on Lake Como and Lake Orto (the latter being her favorite since it is less crowded). Of course, in Italy, all the food and ample wine was divine - and plentiful! Here is the Dolce Vita itinerary: Day 1: Arrive Milan Malpensa, visit Sacromonte Varallo Day 2: Hike to Rifugio Crespi Day 3 — Hiking the Walser hamlets of Valsesia Day 4 — Hike down to Pella, boat to Orta San Giulio Day 5 — Sea kayak Lake Orta Day 6 — Hike the Mottarone mountain range Day 7 — Hiking Val Grande National Park Day 8 — Journey to Lake Como, hike to Vezio Castle Day 9 — Sea kayaking Lake Como Day 10 — Back to Milan Malpensa Links mentioned on today’s show: Ep 28 Annapurna Nepal with Stan Ep 35 Mont Blanc hike through Italy, Switzerland and France Active Adventures fully guided 10 day hike and kayak of the Italian Lake district Podcast web page www.ActiveTravelAdventures.com Host of the Active Travel Adventures podcast Twitter@Kit_Parks Facebook Group: Active Travel Adventures Instagram: parks.kit Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:00 Intro 02:13 How Christine got in to adventure travel 02:30 How switched from regular travel to adventure travel 03:30 Making new friends on adventure travel holidays 03:55 Why chose the Italian Lakes vacation 04:58 What makes Active Adventures different 05:32 How difficult was this adventure 06:11 Adventure travel as team building 06:24 Where were fellow travelers from 06:47 How did she train 07:33 Is elevation an issue 07:59 Landscape 08:47 UNESCO Valsesia 09:48 Favorite memories 10:20 Refugios 11:45 Hike into Alagna 12:06 Alagna 13:06 Breakfasts 13:47 Italy does food right 14:49 Dinners 15:48 Typical daily activities 17:36 Describe the lakes 19:21 Describe the landscape 20:35 Visit to the glacier 20:57 When did Christine go 21:42 Using hiking sticks 22:06 Surprise lake swim 23:16 Christine describes her group 24:32 The trip exceeds all expectations 25:53 Mont Blanc and Annapurna (Nepal) 26:58 Celebrities at Lake Como 28:28 Played hooky 29:38 Using a local guide 30:02 Paragliding 31:57 Naked boaters at dinner 33:30 Christine’s guides 35:15 Fresh foccacia 35:49 Accommodations 37:25 What she wished she’d known 38:19 Traveling solo 39:23 Advice to anyone considering the Italian Lakes 40:20 How Christine chooses where to travel 42:15 ATA and affiliate partners 43:13 How to get the FREE Travel Planners 43:29 A shout out to Pat 43:37 Reach out to Kit Time Stamped Show Transcript Christine: 00:00I said to my roommate, my neighbor, I said, you know, if I have to go home tomorrow, I'm still ecstatic. I've had the best time ever. So each day was like a bonus day... it just can't get any better, and it kept getting better. That's all I can say. Kit: 00:21'Dolce vida' the good life, the sweet life. Today we're going to explore the sweet life in Italy. We're going to the Italian Lakes district, an area of Italy you may not be familiar with. Welcome to the Active Travel Adventures podcast. I'm you