The nearly 4,000-mile trail began as a dream by Associazione Sentiero Italia to join together all of Italy’s mountains on a single trekking path. Beginning in Trieste, a northeast port city where James Joyce penned his best works, the trail follows lesser-known Italian destinations. Rather than running through Italy’s major tourist centers, it takes you to hidden gems like historic Campobasso or the seaside town of Catanzaro. Want to take a year off and hike the entire trail? It’ll be a life-changing experience. Do you only have a few days or weeks free to travel? That’s also ok, as the path is divided into sections and therefore easy to maneuver for shorter treks.