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Venice enforces Entry Fee

Starting in 2024, the authorities in Venice have officially enforced the €5 Venice Access Fee for day visitors, which will apply on 29 designated dates in the year.  A new platform facilitates payment of the fee in advance, ensuring a sustainable balance ...

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Is your hiking gear sustainable?

We can all try harder to be conscious consumers, taking time to investigate the products we are purchasing, and keeping items for as long as possible. Choosing your hiking gear should be just the same and we can all help to maintain the health of the planet.
 

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Corte

The last stop on our Island of Corsica tour is close to the pretty town of Corte, the former capital of Corsica. The town has a charming historic centre with several buildings and monuments that are well worth a visit.

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Nine gastronomic reasons to visit Italy

Jackie's latest guest article for US online magazine Sixty & Me explores nine gastronomic reasons to holiday in Italy. From cured meats to gelato, discovering Italy's food culture will be a huge part of your trip, and it can be as educational as it is delicious! 

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Do Italians love honey?

The Italians have not historically been huge consumers of honey, "miele" in Italian, but it was widely used as a remedy. Whether you like the classic millefiori, acacia, chestnut, eucalyptus, lavender or honeydew, Italy is nowadays making quality honey with special characteristics.

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Festive Bubbles from Franciacorta

If you're looking for some festive fizz this Christmas you might like to search out a bottle of Italy's famous sparkling wine from the region known as Franciacorta.  The wine is made using the traditional champagne method and its a firm favourite with Italians across the country...

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First Impressions of Hedonistic Hiking

Following on from last month's interview with a Hedonistic Hiker with 20 tours under his belt, this month we talked to Cathy Samson who completed her first tour in September 2023.

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Celebrating the Saints

Every town in Italy has a patron saint and each one has a day in the year dedicated to its celebration, known locally as the "Festa del Santo Patrono."  Festivities may also include live music, dancing, fireworks, historical costumes and food showcasing local specialities. All the...

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Making the perfect Italian picnic

We are lucky to work in Italy when it comes to rustling up picnic lunches because the selection of ingredients is extensive, high quality and delicious. Anyone who has hiked with us will remember the joy of coming to a pretty spot along the trail to find a table laden with lunchtime goodies...

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Three Gardens to see in Spring

May and June in Europe are two of the best months to see gardens in full bloom.  Many tours include visits to gardens, and others offer time to visit under your own steam.  Here are three of our favourites.

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