The Giro d'Italia

Submitted by HedonisticHiking on 1 May 2019

The Giro d'Italia is a multiple-stage bicycle race held each year in Italy. Along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, the Giro forms a key element of the cycling world's Grand Tours. It is usually held during late May and early June and we often come across the race on our walking tours which happen at this time of year.

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Christmas in Italy

Submitted by HedonisticHiking on 12 Dec 2018

Nothing quite illustrates the atmosphere of Christmas in Italy as effectively as the saying ‘Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con i vuoi’. In other words, ‘Christmas with the family, Easter with who you like’. But while family rules, food comes a close second: eating is what an Italian Christmas is all about!

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Il Palio della Balestra

Submitted by HedonisticHiking on 30 Sep 2016

At the end of our Medieval Umbria tour we find ourselves in the stunning town of Gubbio. Next year it happens that we will be there on the final Sunday in May which means we will witness one of its most historic and spectacular events.

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Prosecco beats Champagne!

Submitted by admin on 11 Oct 2014

It's official!  More bottles of Italian Prosecco were sold last year than of French champagne and the trend for enjoying this sparkling white from Northern Italy seems set to continue.  Recent figures show that 307 million bottles were sold against 304 million of Champagne. One Hedonistic Hiker helpfully commented that we, on our tours, could be largely responsible for this galloping increase but we are not certain!

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Foraging for Funghi

Submitted by admin on 23 Sep 2012

Our Parma, Tuscany & Cinque Terre tour takes us to the Slow Food town of Borgotaro in the hills of Emilia-Romagna at the time of year when the locals are celebrating the Sagra del Fungo Porcino.  This is an annual festival (2012 was the 37th) dedicated to the famous porcini mushrooms which grow so abundantly in this area.

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A View of the Palio

Submitted by admin on 22 Aug 2012

Last week we hosted our Palio of Siena tour for the first time.  We thought it would be interesting to ask one of the pioneers on the trip to answer a few questions about his experience but, better than that, he wrote a whole article and supplied some wonderful photographs too, all of which are published below.   Many thanks to Chris Bell for his time, trouble, and enormous enthusiasm!

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Easter in Italy

Submitted by admin on 2 Apr 2012

As Easter approaches I thought it might be interesting to share a few of the Italian Easter traditions that we have observed over the years living here in Tuscany.

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