A View of the Palio

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...

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Clinging to the steep slopes of the Monte InginoGubbio appears an imposing and aloof city. Its Gothic stone buildings rise up the windy hillside and the waters of the Camignano gorge run down through its centre.  The surrounding countryside...

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A Bite of the Cherry

On the final day of our Slovenian tour in June we walked through the land between the Italian and Slovenian borders which is known as Brda. The region is an agricultural paradise and many fruit trees prosper in these fertile hills. But the most highly-prized of all is the...

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Parma: City of Popes, Partisans, Prosciutto & Parmesan

Situated on the Western side of the region Emilia-Romagna, Parma is a prosperous and picturesque city which has given the world two of its greatest culinary inventions:  ...

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Our spring tours so far this year have taken us to Tuscany's coast and its lesser-known Lunigiana region as well as to Liguria. All three of these areas are home to one of our favourite grape varieties known in Italy as Vermentino. It makes a white wine with an elegant...

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Eating in Eataly

As if we hadn't eaten enough delicious food on our Culinary Tour of Northern Italy, we stopped on the way home to Siena on the edge of Turin to visit Eataly, a "supermarket" which celebrates the highest quality produce from all over Italy and champions small artisanal...

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Spring Planting

One of the first things we do when we get back to Italy in April is to plant our salad and vegetables so that we, and our Hedonistic Hikers, can enjoy our own fresh produce over the summer.  On many of our tours later in the season we use our home-grown salads and veg.  Our home in...

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A Tale of Two Countries

Welcome to Hedonistic Hiking's first Blog.   In the coming months we have many stories, recipes, facts and opinions to share with our friends and we hope you will always find something here to whet your appetite for food, wine and walking in both ...

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