The Wine Bank
For the first time in 2022 we visited The Wine Bank in the tiny Piemontese village of Pollenzo. It is a comprehensive library of Italian wine, and houses more than 100,000 bottles from around 300 different producers from all over Italy.
One Hundred Years of Opera
2023 marks 100 years of Verona's stunning summer opera festival and hikers on our Austria and Dolomites tour in July 2023 will be lucky enough to arrive in the city just in time for an unforgettable performance of Aida.
Voyage to the centre of the Victorian Alps
If you are looking for a little alpine adventure in March of next year, then our Hiking the Victorian Alps tour could be just the right itinerary for you. Jaw-dropping scenery, delicious food and wine and two guides to look after your every need.
A 2 Star Dining Experience
On the final evening of our Tuscan Harvest tour we dine in one of very few restaurants in Italy to have 2 Michelin stars. The restaurant is called Arnolfo and is in the centre of Colle di Val d'Elsa.
Our Island Tours
Thanks to Covid, 2022 was the first year we have been able to run our two fabulous new island tours in Sardinia and Corsica. These long-awaited departures finally took place in September and the feedback from the Hedonistic Hikers who took part has been incredible.
Three Quirky Railways
Following on from our Blog last month about how efficient train travel is in Europe, and how much better for the environment, this month we take a look at three of Italy's most interesting scenic railways, and show how you could extend our Italian walking holidays to enjoy these...
The Future is Orange
Orange Wine has become a talking point for winemakers around the world. We first tasted it in Slovenia, a country which has a long tradition of making these strong wines from their local white grapes.
Let's talk about train travel
At Hedonistic Hiking we are starting to think more and more about train travel within Europe. If you're making plans for travel in 2023, and you'll be visiting more than one country, then take a moment to think about letting trains take the strain of your journey.
Chocolate and Hazelnuts
One of Italy's most popular confections is known as Gianduia and is a mouth-watering blend of chocolate and hazelnuts. Turin is a centre of chocolate production and August and September in Piedmont herald the start of the hazelnut harvest ...
National Geographic Traveller Food Festival
Saturday 16th July saw us exhibiting at the National Geographic Traveller Food Festival in the Business Design Centre in London. We were part of the Italian National Tourist Board stand for the event and talked to visitors from far and wide about our hiking holidays in Italy.