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Wining and Dining in Naples

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 must be preserved in sterilised jars. To sterilise the jars, wash them thoroughly in very hot soapy water, rinse them in very hot water and then put on a baking sheet in a 140C/fan 120C/gas 1 oven until completely dry.

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 smoothies.  They are really simple to make in an ordinary blender (you don't need a fancy juicing machine) and the ingredients are easy to get hold of. They'll help to keep you match-fit for your next hike in 2015 and have you bursting with energy!!!

Giacomo Puccini


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.