Rafting in Italy: the 5 best spots

Rafting in Italy not only offers action, adrenaline and fun, but also allows you to admire the “bella natura” from new perspectives. The geographical diversity of the country makes rafting in Italy a very varied activity for beginners but also for experienced rafters. Our top 5 rafting spots are located between Calabria, the southernmost region of the Italian Peninsula, and South Tyrol in the north, so you can find wonderful rafting offers all over Italy!

Rafting in Val di Sole

Rafting in Val di Sole, also known as Sole Valley, takes place on the Noce River. National Geographic has named the Noce the best river for rafting in Europe and this well-deserved popularity makes it one of the most popular places for rafting in Italy. Both beginners and experienced rafters are welcome here, as the Noce offers very easy and quite challenging sections. While children and beginners bypass the difficult sections with a shuttle bus, the real pros among you can have their action-packed fun!

  • Easy, intermediate & difficult tours 
  • Minimum age: 5 years
  • Meeting point: Commezzadura or Mezzane (depends on chosen tour)
  • Highlights: Rapids used in many kayaking championships
  • Other activities: hydrospeed

Rafting in Calabria

If you’re in the mood for a holiday, this is the place to be! The rafting tours on the Lao River are not only a mere half an hour away from several beaches, but the local providers can also easily accommodate larger groups.

The natural landscape you’ll be witnessing here is simply breathtaking. The Lao flows through the Pollino National Park, the largest national park in Italy, where impressive waterfalls and huge limestone formations await you.

  • Easy, intermediate & difficult tours 
  • Minimum age: 4 years
  • Meeting point: Papasidero or Laino Borgo (depends on chosen tour)
  • Highlights: A short break at a beautiful waterfall.

Rafting in Valsesia 

Valsesia, the “greenest valley in Italy“, is located in the Piedmont region and is the perfect place for those who want to try rafting for the first time. Valsesia is well suited for beginners as it offers the perfect mix of theory and practice, and combines a thrilling activity with spectacular panoramic views.

The rafting tours take place in the Sesia gorges. Apart from the beautiful local fauna and flora, you can also discover beautiful places that are only accessible by river.

  • Easy & intermediate tours 
  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Meeting point: Campertogno, Vocca or Balmuccia (depends on chosen tour)
  • Highlights: If the weather and water conditions are favorable, you’ll stop by a lake and jump off a big boulder into the water!
  • Other activities: hydrospeed, mini-rafting

Rafting in the Aosta Valley

The Aosta Valley is located in the north of Italy and is only an hour away from the French and Swiss borders. Here, the Dora Baltea is the river where all the action takes place. Its source is at the glaciers of the famous Mont Blanc, which means that in summer and spring, when the snow and ice start to melt, the Dora Baltea has an excellent water level.

This rafting spot is one of the most visited in Italy. We recommend the Aosta Valley to those of you who are looking for an action-packed adventure, because tackling 17 km of heavy rapids requires a lot of courage!

  • Easy, intermediate & difficult tours 
  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Meeting point: Morgex or Aymavilles (depends on chosen tour)
  • Highlights: The rafting tours take place in the Marais Nature Reserve and therefore offer unique views (including gorges, vineyards and old castles).

Rafting in South Tyrol

The advantage of rafting in South Tyrol is the wide range of offers: both because of the large number of providers and the different rivers. In South Tyrol you can raft on the Eisack, the Adige, the Rienz and the Ahr.

  • Easy & intermediate tours
  • Minimum age: 3 years
  • Meeting point: Rabland, Sand in Taufers, St. Sigmund, Verona or Bussolengo (depends on chosen tour)
  • Highlights: admiring Verona on the Adige by day or even under a full moon, the 50m-high waterfall on the Ahr
  • Other activities: pack-rafting

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