Guidebooks for Italy
The Alps of Northern Italy provide many excellent rock climbing areas in particular the Dolomites with its long multi-pitch routes. However throughout the rest of Italy there are many excellent rock climbing areas that are predominately sport climbing on good quality limestone rock.
Dolomites Guidebooks. The Dolomites offer big wall multi-pitch routes up to 800m long. There is an abundance of classic routes at all grades many of which can be reached with fairly short walks from the road. In terms of length of route relative to approach time this makes the Dolomites some of the best value rock climbing in the World.
Italian Alps and northern Italy. The Italian Lakes nestle in the Italian Alps with both Lake Garda and Lake Como providing excellent climbing areas. Arco at the northern edge of Lake Garda is rapidly gaining a reputation as a good quality rock climbing area, providing everything from single pitch sports routes to multi-pitch routes up to 1,400m high. The limestone crags that rise out of Lake Como near Lecco offer a great range of rock climbing from single pitch sport routes to long multi-pitch routes up to 500m long that demand a mountaineering approach.
There are many excellent bouldering areas in northern Italy, with the most famous being Val di Mello and its excellent granite boulders. Other bouldering areas include Valmasino, Cimaganda and Prestone.
Northwest Italy including Finale. Finale Ligure is probably the most famous sport climbing area in Italy, with over 2,700 routes across a wide range of grades. Situated close by, near Genova, is the dramatic sea cliff climbing at Muzzerone that offers everything from single pitch routes on slabs to steep and overhanging multi-pitch routes. Further south is Tuscany, well known for its beautiful landscapes, medieval villages and its rich artistic legacy. Within this beautiful landscape there are many fantastic crags that offer a wide range of rock climbing, from single pitch sports to multi-pitch bolted routes up to 550m long on limestone rock.
Southern Italy and Sicily. Sicily offers the best and most diverse rock climbing in southern Italy. Just outside of the capital Palermo is Monte Pellegrino, which has everything from single pitch sports routes and multi-pitch bolted routes over 200m long. Near Trapani is the most famous seaside resort of San Vito lo Capo where a new sport climbing area has recently been developed. Nearly 4km of coastal cliffs have produced hundreds of quality limestone single pitch routes mainly in the easy to mid grades.
The southern mainland area of Italy has many climbing areas, in particularly around Naples with some fantastic sea cliff multi-pitch climbing.
All of these rock climbing guidebooks for Italy are in stock (unless otherwise stated) and are dispatched within 2 working days (usually 24 hours) from the UK.
Price:£19.99This book covers the various rock climbing, sports climbing, bouldering and deep water soloing in France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Morocco, and will help you plan your next rock climbing holiday to south western Europe. A general introduction is given to each country, with lots of photographs, maps and background information, that make you want to go and climb in these countries. Published in December 2007 and in English text throughout. More Information