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Four Favourite Castles

Stopping by a castle or palace on holiday in Italy is a great way to learn about the history of the region and the country, and it will often come hand in hand with some eye-popping views. Many of our tours visit some of Italy’s most spectacular castles, fortresses, and palaces.

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In Praise of Pecorino

Pecorino is the generic name for all 100% ewe's milk cheeses in Italy. They are largely made in the central and southern parts of the country, as well as the Mediterranean islands, and are named after the word for a sheep which is una pecora.

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A Love Letter to Victoria

Bar Midland is a bar and restaurant in Castlemaine, Victoria, which we visit on our Highlights of the Goldfields Track tour.  It was founded by locals Loudon Cooper and Alexander...

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Pilates for Hiking - New Year Special Offer!

Pilates can really help to prepare you for hiking. It can give you a spring in your step, help your strength and mobility and keep you enjoying the great outdoors for longer! We've a fantastic new year on-line offer from Jackie's own Pilates teacher.

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Meet Will: our new recruit!

Will Binder is Jackie's nephew and the newest member of the HH team. This summer he graduated from Sheffield University and is now free to become a fully-fledged member of the team in 2023.  Having experienced Hedonistic Hiking on both sides of the world, and having family in both...

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Gastronomic adventures in Italy

Jackie's latest guest article for Sixty & Me looks at some the best gastronomic adventures you can have in Italy and highlights some of her personal favourites.  Whether it's joining locals at a seasonal food festival, taking a cooking class or dining in a celebrated starred restaurant...

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Three Great Reasons to visit Beechworth

Beechworth is one of north east Victoria's best-preserved gold-rush towns and a charming place for visitors to spend a few days.  Our Hiking around Beechworth weekend takes place from...

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Amazing Abruzzo

If you’re an Italophile in search of new vistas and experiences, make sure Abruzzo is near the top of your list. While this central region is one of the country’s least well-known, its landscape and unique atmosphere certainly make it one of the most memorable.

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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.

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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.

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