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Italy Rock Climbing 

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In Italy, there are all types of climbing to be found. The country is full of possible destinations. An abundance of everything from sport climbing to long, alpine routes. In addition to a variety of climbing styles, are the various types of stone. Much of the climbing is on different types of limestone, however, beautiful granite can be found as well. Check it out, you won't be disappointed!

Getting There 

There are a variety of major cities that can be flown into. Just pick the one closest to your selected climbing destination. At times is is better to fly into a nearby country (Austria, Germany) for quicker access to your destination. It also makes sense to check with your car insurance and credit card company regarding coverage of rental cars. Some will not cover cars rented in Italy, but will cover cars rented in other countries and driven in Italy.

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325 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',47],['3 Stars',146],['2 Stars',99],['1 Star',30],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Italy

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Italy:
Via delle Guide   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   Cinque Torri Group : Torre Grande West Summit
Northwest Corner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 300'   Torre Seconda (Second Tower... : Torre Barancio
Fedele   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 26 pitches, 2625'   Passo Pordoi Area : Piz Pordoi
Southeast Arete Via Alvera-Menardi   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1000'   Lagazuoi , Fanis and Contur... : Col dei Bos (Cima Bois)
"Spigolo Jori," SE Arete   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 15 pitches, 1350'   Pomagagnon and Cristallo Gr... : Punta Fiames
South Pillar, a.k.a. “Mariakante”   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 9 pitches, 820'   Passo Pordoi Area : Piz Pordoi
South Face Buttress 1, a.k.a. “South Arete”   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 14 pitches, 1100'   Tofana Group : Tofana di Rozes
Kasnakoff   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 820'   Passo Sella Area : Second Sella Tower
South Face (Via Miriam)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 530'   Cinque Torri Group : Torre Grand South Summit
Vinatzer   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 13 pitches, 985'   Passo Sella Area : Third Sella Tower
Cima Piccola – South Arete Yellow edge   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 1100'   Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei ... : Cima Piccola
L'Arco dei Guaitechi   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 195'   Monte Sordo : Settore Centrale
Schubert (Friendhip Route)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 7 pitches, 820'   Passo Sella Area : Piz Ciavazes
La Torre   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Monte Cucco : Settore della Torre
Big Micheluzzi   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 12 pitches, 820'   Passo Sella Area : Piz Ciavazes
Messner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 820'   Passo Sella Area : Second Sella Tower
East Face "Via Finlandia"   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 450'   Cinque Torri Group : Torre Grande, North Summit
North Face - Comici   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 15 pitches, 1475'   Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei ... : Cime Grande
Cima Ovest-North Face - Cassin   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 1500'   Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei ... : Cima Ovest
South Face, Buttress 2, Pilastro Route (Constantini/Apollonio)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Alpine, 19 pitches, 1500'   Tofana Group : Tofana di Rozes
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Featured Route For Italy
Rock Climbing Photo: Funffingerspitzen from the base of the tram

Fünffingerspitzen Traverse 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Europe : Italy : ... : Punta Delle Cinque Dita
This is a gorgeous climb! Airy & excitingly exposed with panoramic views. This climb is VERY popular so catching the first tram is advised. Be prepared to have people on your heels and lined up behind you, but it's worth dealing with the crowds. The climb has solid rock with lots of holds. Once you climb to the notch it follows the arête (north ridge) to the top of the thumb. There are well used slings at the top of the thumb (it could stand to have a gift of better slings with rings in multip...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing in Finale Liguere, photo: Bob Horan Colle...
Climbing in Finale Liguere, photo: Bob Horan Colle...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing above the vineyards in Finale, photo: Bob...
Climbing above the vineyards in Finale, photo: Bob...
Rock Climbing Photo: Louisa Iovane on Doping (8a), Val di Nicolo.  Phot...
Louisa Iovane on Doping (8a), Val di Nicolo. Phot...

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By Forestvonsinkafinger
From: Iowa
Oct 22, 2009
As many world class routes there are in this country, I am surprised at the lack of action on for Italy. I suggest we all take a group outing there.
By Matt Marino
From: Georgetown, MA
May 12, 2010
Does anyone have any information on Riva Ridge in Lizzano Italy? It was the sight of the 10th Mountain Division's first combat in WWII and being a former 10th Mountain Soldier I'm trying to make a pilgrimage.
By SYBold
Nov 1, 2012
For extensive topos on the various crags of Italy (and other regions)see the Italian version of MountainProject:

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