Champions of Chutney

We love chutney as an accompaniment to our picnic lunches on the hikes, as they go so well with the cheeses, crusty bread and cold meats we find along the way and are a great way to use up a glut of fruits or veggies.  Here are three of our favourites.

In all cases, the chutneys...

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Smooth Talking

Thinking you might over-induldge at Christmas and worried that your normal exercise regime might go to pot over the holiday period?  Instead of reaching for that extra beer or glass of wine why not quench your thirst every now and again with one of these fabulously healthy and refreshing...

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Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini, composer of some of the world's favourite operas, was born in the city of Lucca in 1858 and lived almost all of his life in this part of Tuscany.

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Prosecco beats Champagne!

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...

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Milan Expo 2015

Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

Following the Blog we posted back in October, (see below) we have now updated it with full information for pricing and ticketing, for anyone who plans to be in Milan this year between May and October and wants to be part of this huge event. ...

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The Diary of a Hedonistic Hiker

In the summer of 2013 Gina Dark entered a competition through Italia!

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Palio Passion

Ten things you may not know about The Palio

If you've not yet joined one of our annual Palio tours in Siena every August your ideas about this horse race might be a little sketchy. As race day approaches (August 16) we thought you...

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Mysterious Matera

The region of Basilicata in the southern part of the Italian peninsula is wild, dramatic and sparsely populated. Its geography has something "other worldly" about it, with majestic mountains, bare clay hills and dark forested valleys.  But it is the landscape of...

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Bear Essentials

The first tour of our Italian season took us to the wild landscape of Abruzzo, in the central Apennine region of Italy. Abruzzo is home to imagemany National Parks but the Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise itself is home to some very special residents.

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Exploring Elba

The island of Elba sits opposite the coast of Tuscany, about 20km from the town of Piombino, where the ferry leaves to connect the island to the mainland. It has a population of about 31,000 residents but is incredibly popular with visitors...

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