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Best Books on Walking

Following on from this month's Blog about Pilgrim Paths, we have focused on three female writers who found, through walking, resolution to issues in their lives which seemed at the outset insurmountable. The inspirational on-foot journey's documented in their books took each of them...

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Italy's Pilgrim Paths

Italy's Pilgrim Paths still attract many walkers today, even if a religious motivation is no longer the reason for setting off.  The trails are peppered with architectural and artistic masterpieces and walking off the beaten tracks means fewer tourists and a more peaceful experience.

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Bologna: Italy's culinary capital

Bologna may lag slightly behind Florence and Rome when it comes to art treasures, but if we're talking food, the city is in a class of its own, rapidly gaining ground as the country’s gastronomic capital.

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The Tour de France in Florence

For the first time in 2024 the prestigious Tour de France cycle race will start in Italy. The "Grand Départ", as it is known, will happen in Florence on Saturday 29th June. The first two stages will cross the Apennines between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna and the third stage will cross...

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The Best Wines of Corsica

Historically, the wines of Corsica have not been widely known beyond its shores. The vineyards are mostly planted in the coastal areas which benefit from warm sunshine, low rainfall and cooling sea breezes.  Exports are now on the increase as winemakers turn their attention to higher...

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Mountain lover or beachcomber?

Jackie's latest guest article for US online magazine Sixty & Me looks at the benefits of a mountain holiday over a beach break. If you're searching for inspirational views, silence and tranquillity and lots of fresh air, then you too might be an orophile (mountain lover!)

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Packing Tips for Hiking Trips

The key message in terms of packing for anyone joining a Hedonistic Hiking tour is "less is more"!   Our 9-seater minivans do not have unlimited space and, for our style of tours, you do not need multiple changes of clothes.  Read on for some top tips on travelling light...

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The Best Wines of Sardinia

For many decades the international markets paid little attention to the wines of Sardinia, but an enthusiastic, younger generation of wine-growers are today revitalizing the reputation of Sardinian wine, with positive progress being made in terms of quality and increased exports abroad...

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Getting Fit for Hiking

First-time guests are often worried that they will not be as fit as others in the group, so we recommend a little preparation to help to dispel those fears. As we now have a couple months to go until the start of our European season, it is time to get focussed and start your...

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Venice enforces Entry Fee

Starting in 2024, the authorities in Venice have officially enforced the €5 Venice Access Fee for day visitors, which will apply on 29 designated dates in the year.  A new platform facilitates payment of the fee in advance, ensuring a sustainable balance ...

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