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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 Hedonistic Hiker helpfully commented that we, on our tours, could be largely responsible for this galloping increase but we are not certain!

Milan Expo 2015

Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

Expo is a global, non-commercial exhibition organized by the country that wins the bid to host the event and involves the participation of many other nations invited through its diplomatic channels.

The Diary of a Hedonistic Hiker

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

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 might like to discover more about one of Italy's greatest spectacles!

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 poverty.

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.

History

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 during the summer months who come to enjoy the secluded coves, azure waters and stunning views from the mountains to the Mediterranean sea.

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A Bonzer Brit!

Chris Bell is one of our most dedicated followers of Hedonistic Hiking tours in Italy but this year, for the first time, he flew to Australia and joined our hikes on the Great Ocean Walk and in the Victorian Alps. We asked him for his first impressions ....

We loved the way you incorporated two Hedonistic Hiking tours into a month of travelling exploring Victoria and Tasmania.  Would you recommend this approach to other  travellers?

Celebrating local produce

The last weekend in February was party time for Hedonistic Hiking as we hosted our annual long lazy Italian-style lunch in the historic village of Wandiligong, and enjoyed some of the very best ingredients that north east Victoria has to offer.

Mick was at the helm, ably assisted by old friend Brad Wolter, and the menu was a journey through some of our favourite Italian dishes but using ingredients sourced entirely from suppliers close to Bright.