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Italy & Dolomites Hiking Tours

Italy Trips

Europe

Tour du Mont Blanc

4.60

  • Duration 12 days
  • Activity Level Level 4 
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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Experience Mont Blanc in an unparalleled way – by hiking, biking, and kayaking your way around the massif. You’ll delve deep into the history, culture, and cuisine of France, Italy, and Switzerland with plenty of time to soak in the views.

Trip Start: Geneva Trip End: Geneva

Europe

Dolomites Adventure

4.77

  • Duration 9 days
  • Activity Level Level 4 
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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Explore the charming villages and breathtaking landscapes of Italy’s Dolomites. Spend your nights in enchanting refugios and indulge in local cuisine each day as you explore one of the most stunning mountain ranges in the world.

Trip Start: Venice Trip End: Venice

Europe

Italian & Swiss Alps Hiking Adventure

  • Duration 9 days
  • Activity Level Level 4 
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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Covering spectacular terrain across the Italian and Swiss Alps, the drama and beauty of the Monte Rosa Massif are breathtaking. On this alpine adventure, you will be rewarded with mesmerizing views of the highest and most beautiful mountains of the Alps.

Trip Start: Milan Trip End: Milan
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From the staggering Italian Dolomites and the Mont Blanc massif to the charming Italian Lakes District, these Italy Adventures & Hiking Tours are packed with lifelong memories.

Italy is bursting with unique landscapes, peaceful villages and seldom explored mountains. There's no better way to experience its vast beauty than on one of our Italy adventure vacations and hiking tours. If you're ready to fall in love with ancient architecture, culture and incredible landscapes working together in perfect harmony, the Italian Lakes District is calling. For a challenging adventure through the far north of Italy, our Italian Dolomites hiking adventure will hit just the spot. Or, if you're keen to explore the towering Mont Blanc massif, strap on the boots and enjoy yourself a fully catered Tour du Mont Blanc hiking adventure. Indulge in the finer things in life and take a giant step to a quieter time on these awe-inspiring Italy adventure vacations and hiking tours.

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4.85/5 Rating | 6,500+ Reviews

What Our Guests Say About Their Italy Adventure

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Dolomites Adventure - September 2023

Dolomites

"My first trip with Active Adventures! I say I am very pleased! I very much enjoyed not only my trip, but I had fun with my group and my guides. I will miss them dearly! What a great first experience and I will be doing more adventures with Active! Worth the money!

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"My first trip with Active Adventures! I say I am very pleased! I very much… read more

"My first trip with Active Adventures! I say I am very pleased! I very much enjoyed not only my trip, but I had fun with my group and my guides. I will miss them dearly! What a great first experience and I will be doing more adventures with Active! Worth the money! read less

5 Stars (98 reviews)

J Julie | September 2023

Dolomites Adventure - September 2023

Pierre Pelletier

"Great trip, great mid-September weather. Our guides Andreas and Holly were the best, Andreas always had interesting stories about the areas we were in and Holly was always upbeat and added her own stories as well. The landscape was beautiful and for the most part, breathtaking. The food and accommodations were great. Loved the Refugio’s, they were 5 stars to my wife Vivian and I. The last day, for our via Ferrata we had Giovanni as our climbing guide and he as well added his excellent skills and storytelling to give us another great day to remember.

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"Great trip, great mid-September weather. Our guides Andreas and Holly were the best, Andreas always… read more

"Great trip, great mid-September weather. Our guides Andreas and Holly were the best, Andreas always had interesting stories about the areas we were in and Holly was always upbeat and added her own stories as well. The landscape was beautiful and for the most part, breathtaking. The food and accommodations were great. Loved the Refugio’s, they were 5 stars to my wife Vivian and I. The last day, for our via Ferrata we had Giovanni as our climbing guide and he as well added his excellent skills and storytelling to give us another great day to remember. read less

5 Stars (98 reviews)

V Vivian | September 2023

Dolomites Adventure - September 2023

Best guides ever

"A fantastic itinerary!

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5 Stars (98 reviews)

K Kitty | September 2023

Tour du Mont Blanc - September 2023

A really great experience in a beautiful part of the world

"I really enjoyed this trip - we were fortunately to have knowledgeable, experienced and relentlessly upbeat guides for our trip. While the weather didn't always go our way, the hiking was spectacular and such a rewarding experience. A great group, good accommodation in lovely small villages and towns and some delicious food made this a thoroughly memorable trip. Warning - the hiking is challenging and you do need to train to enjoy it! Highly recommend.

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"I really enjoyed this trip - we were fortunately to have knowledgeable, experienced and relentlessly… read more

"I really enjoyed this trip - we were fortunately to have knowledgeable, experienced and relentlessly upbeat guides for our trip. While the weather didn't always go our way, the hiking was spectacular and such a rewarding experience. A great group, good accommodation in lovely small villages and towns and some delicious food made this a thoroughly memorable trip. Warning - the hiking is challenging and you do need to train to enjoy it! Highly recommend. read less

4 Stars (124 reviews)

J Justine | September 2023

Tour du Mont Blanc - September 2023

Gayle

"The Mount Blanc tour was spectacular! Scenery was incredible, Hiking was challenging and our guides were great!

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"The Mount Blanc tour was spectacular! Scenery was incredible, Hiking was challenging and our guides… read more

"The Mount Blanc tour was spectacular! Scenery was incredible, Hiking was challenging and our guides were great! read less

5 Stars (124 reviews)

g gayle | September 2023

Tour du Mont Blanc - September 2023

Anne

"I really enjoyed the trip. The weather was excellent and although the treks could be challenging, the scenery was awe inspiring and well worth the effort!

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"I really enjoyed the trip. The weather was excellent and although the treks could be… read more

"I really enjoyed the trip. The weather was excellent and although the treks could be challenging, the scenery was awe inspiring and well worth the effort! read less

5 Stars (124 reviews)

A Anne | September 2023

Dolomites Adventure - September 2023

The Dolomites adventure

"The transportation was prompt, guides were knowledgeable and friendly and the location FANTASTIC! I was happy there were e bikes available for the 34 mile bike ride as making the trip shorter was not an option.

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"The transportation was prompt, guides were knowledgeable and friendly and the location FANTASTIC! I was… read more

"The transportation was prompt, guides were knowledgeable and friendly and the location FANTASTIC! I was happy there were e bikes available for the 34 mile bike ride as making the trip shorter was not an option. read less

5 Stars (98 reviews)

M Michael | September 2023

Tour du Mont Blanc - August 2023

Mt Blanc!

"Impressive tour around Mt Blanc with a great mix of challenging hiking, and a sprinkling of biking and kayaking for diversity.

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"Impressive tour around Mt Blanc with a great mix of challenging hiking, and a sprinkling… read more

"Impressive tour around Mt Blanc with a great mix of challenging hiking, and a sprinkling of biking and kayaking for diversity. read less

4 Stars (124 reviews)

A Alastair | August 2023

Tour du Mont Blanc - August 2023

Hiking exceeded expectations!

"If you like to hike, this particular trip with Active Adventures is a must! The views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains/passes were beyond spectacular (pictures did not do them justice). The daily hikes were challenging but doable, and the guides and itineraries were such that all skill levels could reasonably participate. Everything about the trip, from the accommodations, to the food, to the knowledge and friendliness of the guides, was excellent. Being my 7th trip now with Active Adventures, I continue to come back because I know I’ll always have a terrific experience, and this trip again did not disappoint!

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"If you like to hike, this particular trip with Active Adventures is a must! The… read more

"If you like to hike, this particular trip with Active Adventures is a must! The views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains/passes were beyond spectacular (pictures did not do them justice). The daily hikes were challenging but doable, and the guides and itineraries were such that all skill levels could reasonably participate. Everything about the trip, from the accommodations, to the food, to the knowledge and friendliness of the guides, was excellent. Being my 7th trip now with Active Adventures, I continue to come back because I know I’ll always have a terrific experience, and this trip again did not disappoint! read less

5 Stars (124 reviews)

K Kevin | August 2023

Dolomites Adventure - August 2023

Superb vistas in the Dolomites

"Excellent food & accommodations made our hiking & biking experience in the Dolomites a top rated experience. Our guides Holly & Andreas were exceptional and we really felt immersed in the mountain culture and history of the Dolomites.

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"Excellent food & accommodations made our hiking & biking experience in the Dolomites a top… read more

"Excellent food & accommodations made our hiking & biking experience in the Dolomites a top rated experience. Our guides Holly & Andreas were exceptional and we really felt immersed in the mountain culture and history of the Dolomites. read less

5 Stars (98 reviews)

D David | August 2023

Dolomites Adventure - July 2023

Dolomites

"Very well organized , hikes were somewhat challenging but very doable, could walk at own pace and not feel like slowing down group, meals and accommodations were excellent, organized and well planned, if you didnt think you could do one of the hikes or bike riding, they had another easier plan or hike.

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"Very well organized , hikes were somewhat challenging but very doable, could walk… read more

"Very well organized , hikes were somewhat challenging but very doable, could walk at own pace and not feel like slowing down group, meals and accommodations were excellent, organized and well planned, if you didnt think you could do one of the hikes or bike riding, they had another easier plan or hike. read less

5 Stars (98 reviews)

D David | July 2023

Dolomites Adventure - July 2023

Dolomite Adventure

"This trip was excellent. I enjoyed everything about it. The food was excellent; the area is beautiful; the hotels and rifugios were top notch; but most importantly, our guides, Holly and Ivan, were welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable about the area, especially Ivan. I learned so much about the Dolomite area. It was an enjoyable nine days of hiking, biking and even a little rock climbing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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"This trip was excellent. I enjoyed everything about it. The food was excellent;… read more

"This trip was excellent. I enjoyed everything about it. The food was excellent; the area is beautiful; the hotels and rifugios were top notch; but most importantly, our guides, Holly and Ivan, were welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable about the area, especially Ivan. I learned so much about the Dolomite area. It was an enjoyable nine days of hiking, biking and even a little rock climbing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. read less

5 Stars (98 reviews)

C Christy | July 2023

Dolomites Adventure - July 2023

Lovely trip!

"The Dolomites were beautiful, the hikes were challenging but there was room to opt in and out of some of the harder/longer sections, and the guides were exceptional. The Rifugios in Italy are MUCH nicer than those in New Zealand and Patagonia (for those who've been), and the food was truly delicious! I particularly appreciated the amount of coffee and strudel we were able to enjoy (icing on the cake)
Be prepared for unstable weather (in the Dolomites and in general these days), but also for an incredible experience!

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"The Dolomites were beautiful, the hikes were challenging but there was room to opt in… read more

"The Dolomites were beautiful, the hikes were challenging but there was room to opt in and out of some of the harder/longer sections, and the guides were exceptional. The Rifugios in Italy are MUCH nicer than those in New Zealand and Patagonia (for those who've been), and the food was truly delicious! I particularly appreciated the amount of coffee and strudel we were able to enjoy (icing on the cake)
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4 Stars (98 reviews)

K Karene | July 2023

Dolomites Adventure - July 2023

Dolomites Amazing Experience

"This trip was a life changing experience for my husband and I. The people in our group were amazing people. Our guide Holly was incredibly patient, her calm demeanor, and knowledge really made the trip special. Johan our other guide was a ball of energy, knowledge, skill, and sunshine wrapped into one we were lucky to meet him. They worked seamlessly together to balance each other out and make each activity we completed great. We are already thinking of our next trip.

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"This trip was a life changing experience for my husband and I. The people… read more

"This trip was a life changing experience for my husband and I. The people in our group were amazing people. Our guide Holly was incredibly patient, her calm demeanor, and knowledge really made the trip special. Johan our other guide was a ball of energy, knowledge, skill, and sunshine wrapped into one we were lucky to meet him. They worked seamlessly together to balance each other out and make each activity we completed great. We are already thinking of our next trip.
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5 Stars (98 reviews)

H Heather | July 2023

Tour du Mont Blanc - July 2023

Outstanding

"I can not say enough positive things about the Tour du Mont Blanc trip. The hiking, the guides, the driver(s), the accommodations and, of course, the food were all fabulous. The hiking was challenging, but so worth it for the views. We throughly enjoyed ourselves and our looking forward to our next adventure.

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"I can not say enough positive things about the Tour du Mont Blanc trip. The hiking, the guides, the driver(s), the accommodations and, of course, the food were all fabulous. The hiking was challenging, but so worth it for the views. We throughly enjoyed ourselves and our looking forward to our next adventure.

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5 Stars (124 reviews)

M Michele | July 2023

Our Dolomites Adventure... from a Guide's Perspective

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Meet Your Italian Local Guides

FAQs About Visiting Italy

What is the most visited place in Italy?

The most visited place in Italy is the Colosseum. Built by Vespasian in 72 CE and enlarged by the addition of a fourth story by his son, Titus, it was a venue for public spectacles and shows - even mock sea battles. This huge amphitheater, the largest of its kind ever built by the Roman Empire and the largest of their constructions to survive, remained a model for sports facilities right up to modern times.

What is the best month to travel to Italy?

Italy's best travel months are May, June, September, and October. They're also the busiest and most expensive time to visit (with the north remaining just as busy throughout midsummer). Crowds aside, these months combine the convenience of peak season with pleasant weather.

What is the most famous food in Italy?

Kicking things off with the big daddy of Italian cuisine, forget anything you once thought about pizza: here in Italy, pizza making is a form of art. Think ultra-crisp stone-baked dough, tomatoes bursting with the countryside from which they were grown, creamy mozzarella and simple toppings scattered with fresh basil leaves. Try the classic margherita for a masterclass in simple pleasures, or spice it up a little by diving into toppings like salty prosciutto and punchy white anchovies.

Do I need a visa to visit Italy?

It is your responsibility stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for more information regarding this.

Do I need vaccinations to visit Italy?

You don't need any vaccinations for Italy. Easy!

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

Can you help me find international flights to Italy?

Our preferred Travel Partner Fuzion Travel can assist with you with flights and other travel arrangements. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

What's included on your Italy trips?

Accommodation
On your Italian trip you'll stay in a variety of places depending on the destination and activities. For the most part you'll stay in comfortable B&B’s around the country. Whilst during the trek in Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park on the Dolomiti trek, you'll stay in mountain lodges, known locally as rifugio’s.

Transport
Your transport will be a mixture of private vehicle, bike, kayak and your very own two feet on our trips in Italy. All your transport is included from the start of your trip and we'll drop you at the airport at the end. The details are all listed in the trip specific itineraries.

Meals
All your meals are included as described in the itinerary except on your free days. We have found that people enjoy checking out what is on offer by themselves sometimes, so you can go and see what's out there! On every other day and especially after any long hikes, we've chosen places to eat that can cater for our hearty appetites, work well with our small groups (they know we are coming) and provide us with an authentic destination specific culinary experience. There are always options for you, so you can either be brave or choose something more familiar. You can be assured that on all our trips we will make sure you are very well fed, and Europe's vast array of cuisine won't disappoint you!

Trip leaders
Our trips are all led by an experienced Trip Leader alongside a local specialist guide. Our Trip Leaders are very proud to work with Active Adventures and often lead our trips for many years, for which we are very lucky and very grateful, as it means we're able to consistently offer a fantastic level of service. They work closely with our local specialist guides to provide you with a seamless, fun, exciting and memorable trip. They will happily share with you as much or as little as you want to know about the history, culture, social aspects and lifestyle of the country you are visiting.

How many people are there on each of your Italy trips?

We generally take up to 14 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

What rooming is provided on your Italy trips?

Our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate (two people per room), though in certain places, ie; the refuge/refugio’s on the Dolomites Adventure, you'll be sharing a room with up to 10 people and there will be a large bathroom with private cubicles which is shared by everyone at that accommodation.

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

You will need proper hiking boots - trail shoes are not good enough. We'll be taking you to some awesome places where you'll be hiking over a variety of terrain, therefore your boots should have full ankle support and a stiff sole with a high profile tread. It's also important that whichever footwear you decide to bring that it's well broken-in and waterproofed before you come down. If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What is the food like in Italy?

Famous for its incredible pasta, creamy risottos and wood-fired pizzas, Italy's cuisine is known across the world. An authentic Italian meal is a true culinary experience, they enjoy leisurely meals of many courses, with a great melding of flavors, aromas, colors and textures. Plentiful fruits, vegetables, grains, cheeses, meats and fish in each meal. In the North of Italy, fish (such as cod, or baccalà), potatoes, rice, corn (maize), sausages, pork, and different types of cheese are the most common ingredients. Cheese, cold cuts and wine are central to Italian cuisine, along with pizza and coffee (especially espresso).

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

What is the currency in Italy?

The currency in Italy is the Euro €.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currencies?

Our trips include all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except where indicated on the itinerary). Most people like to bring a little extra to cover a round of drinks at the pub, take home some souvenirs, book a tour and eat out on their free day, and tip our guides if they've had a great time. 

Usually the easiest thing to do is use your credit or debit card to withdraw money directly from your home account, in local currency. There are plenty of ATM's and banks in larger towns in Europe, and ATM's will accept all major credit cards and many debit cards. Cash advances are the most convenient way to get cash.

What is the time zone in Italy?

For the majority of the summer season Italy is in the Central European (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

What type of plugs and voltage do you use in Italy?

Italy operate on a 220V AC system with Plug Type C which consists of two round parallel pins while the wall plug has two holes where it is connected.

Will I have access to internet/WiFi?

WiFi is available almost everywhere in cities and easy enough to find in most towns/villages so you can rely on having regularly access during your trip. If you have data roaming switched on, then you'll be able to use the internet on your smartphone, but beware of the fees! WiFi is available at most of the accommodations that you'll be staying at, sometimes for a small cost so check this out at each location when you arrive. There is no WiFi on the Multi-day hike and we’re sometimes without reception.

What is the weather like in Italy?

Italy has a predominantly Mediterranean climate with mild, sometimes rainy winters and sunny, hot, and usually dry summers. In northern Italy and the Dolomites, expect hot summers good for swimming in mountain lakes and hiking the Dolomites, with average temperatures are in the mid 20's C (80F) on the valley floors and cooler, of course, as you climb in altitude.

What is there to do in Venice?

As the capital of the Veneto Region of Northern Italy, Venice actually lies on 117 small islands that are connected by a series of bridges and separated by a network of canals. Visit the St. Mark’s Basilica, it’s a sublime piece of architecture that has stood the test of time since its creation in 1092 and remains one of the most important religious buildings in Northern Italy. Canale Grande is the largest canal, more like a river, only four bridges span the grand canal as generally people and tourists travel along the canal, not over it. Consider walking along sections of the canal, admiring the buildings that line it, and watching the busy water traffic of Venice. Or if you’re looking for a spot of relaxation and to get away from the bulk of the tourists, the Lido is the place to go. This separate island creates a barrier between Venice and the Adriatic Sea and features a long stretch of beautiful beach to enjoy.

What is there to do in Milan City?

You can catch a local train from the airport to the centre of town, and Milan is a walkable city with priceless works of art, eccentric beautiful buildings, world-class restaurants and oases of calm. We recommend visiting the Milan Cathedral, it’s a truly monumental building and is famed for its sublime architecture and took over 600 years to complete. Explore the Grand Gallery, this cross shaped mall is covered via four glass panelled arms that let in the sunlight perfectly, whilst the walls and shop fronts are decorated with ornate panelling and stucco artwork. Wander around Castello Sforzesco, this 15th century castle has a central location in Milan and is set in extensive grounds and gardens, at the front of the castle stands an immense brick wall lined with battlements and frame by a central guard tower. If you feel like seeing more the Torre Branca is a large observation tower, ‘Torre Littoria’, that stands at a colossal 108.6m high, constructed in 1933, from here you have unparalleled views of the city of Milan and can see for miles.

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