Active lifestyle experiences planned by incredibly knowledgeable hosts.

Italiaoutdoors is an owner-operated private guide service which blends top-notch, high-quality recreational biking, hiking, climbing, and skiing experiences with culinary programs that explore the history, culture, and food and wine of Northern Italy. Italiaoutdoors is co-owned by certified culinary expert Kathy Bechtel and certified recreational expert Vernon McClure. Kathy attended Boston College and has an MBA in Strategic Management. She retired from her position as a Bell Lab telecommunications engineer to attend culinary school where she graduated first in her class. She leads cooking classes in Italian cuisine, researches Northern Italian food history and wines, and develops food recipes. Vernon is an ex-army ranger and four-time ironman and since 1993 he has been leading active adventures in Northern Italy including climbing, biking, skiing, snowboarding, scuba diving and sailing. He has a master’s degree in European literature.

Kathy and Vernon impart their wealth of experience and knowledge as they lead small groups of 6-8 people on custom-designed guided tours which are personally tailored to meet individual interests and fitness levels. Adventures are ideal for baby boomer families who share a passion for healthy lifestyles, culture, and culinary delights. Tours are designed to exceed your expectations and provide you with a signature experience ranging from classic ventures at world-renowned sites to unique explorations of less familiar hidden gems. Responsible travelling for the environments visited, local people, their culture and customs include accommodations at hotels that respect energy-efficiency standards. Dining at quality restaurants recognized by the Slow Food movement for their commitment to sustainable farming and agriculture is also part of the experience.

Baby boomer families can partake in memorable adventures that include road biking, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, and skiing regions with distinct characteristics that include Veneto, Trentino, Friuli Venezia, and Emilia Romagna. A great pair of boots or walking shoes will allow for fantastic hiking/walking adventures throughout the Dolomiti, Alps, Prealpi, and Colli.  Rock climbers experience thrills climbing stiff grades of the numerous cliffs of the Lumignano, Vicenza Climbing Site. Mountain bikers pedal their way around the Trento region, Lake Garda and its valley, Val di Gresta, and soak up beautiful vineyards, apple groves, monasteries, and the spectacular Alpine/Dolomite mountain range. Ski, snowboard, cross-country ski, snowshoe, or winter hike Trentino Alto-Adige and end each day exploring sumptuous food and wine. Visit this awesome website to start designing your perfect combination of adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventure with a delectable culinary and wine experience. Magnifico!