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Celebrating 20 Tours!

In 2023 Chris Bell completed an impressive 20 tours with Hedonistic Hiking. First joining us in 2008, he has been a regular visitor to Italy ever since and many of our guests will remember hiking with him across the peninsula. And he's not stopping at 20!  We are looking forward to seeing...

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Pumpkins

Cooking with Pumpkins

Autumn is the season when we start to see pumpkins appearing in Italy's shops and markets. They are loved here for being a fabulously versatile ingredient which can be used in both savoury and sweet dishes.

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Montepulciano

Montepulciano

One of the highlights of our Etruscan Trails in Central Italy tour is our hotel stay immersed in the Tuscan landscape that surrounds Montepulciano. But the town’s midway location right in the heart of Italy makes it an ideal top or tail to any central Italy tour, an opportunity to explore...

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Portoferraio

Portoferraio is the capital city of the island of Elba, in the Tuscan archipelago. The third largest island in Italy, it has rich mineral deposits and has been mined for hundreds of years for its iron ore - hence the name Portoferraio - meaning Iron Port.  We visit this attractive city...

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Hiking in the Maritime Alps

2024 will see us returning to the border area between France and Italy, hiking in two stunning National Parks which are home to a unique cultural and natural heritage. On the French side is the Mercantour National Park and on the Italian side the Maritime Alps National Park....

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The White Wine of Orvieto

Orvieto is one of Umbria's most striking towns.  It's gothic cathedral is a must-see for visitors but the town is also famous for its white wines, which have been cultivated in the region since the time of the Etruscans.

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Ten of the Best Smaller Museums in Italy

Jackie's latest guest article for Sixty & Me looks at ten of Hedonistic Hiking's favourite smaller museums and attractions in Italy, which are just a little off the beaten track. These hidden pint-sized gems don’t have the size and grandeur of the country’s big hitters,...

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Colle di Val d'Elsa

Colle di Val d’Elsa is a town which sits right in the centre of the region of Tuscany, a little to the north west of Siena, which has a unique glass-making history. We stay here for the second half of our Tuscan...

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A plea to pack light!

As you are starting to think about what you need to join our hiking trips in September and October, we hope you will take note of our plea to travel light!

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Cuneo

Cuneo is a small, elegant city in Italy's north western region of Piedmont which, for centuries, has been the gateway to the Maritime Alps and on into France.  It has almost 1,000 years of history and has been passed back and forth between France and Italy over the centuries. ...

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