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The Cinque Terre Floods 2011

After the sad news that several of the World Heritage Site villages of the Cinque Terre were devastated by floods in October 2011

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New Trip in Piemonte

In 1388 the County of Savoy fought its way to the coast at Nice and so established a maritime port for the first time. The Duchy that was to follow added this magnificent part of Europe to the Holy Roman Empire. Later this came to form the nucleus of modern Italy, with Turin as its capital.

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Walking holidays in Europe since 1995

Duende Travel designs journeys on foot for people who want to know more. More about the history, more about the food and the wine, more about the culture that lies hidden from view without the insights that our enormously experienced guides know how to provide. Composed using the finest possible resources our trips touch all facets of a country’s heritage.

Accommodation

We always make minute searches to find the best possible places to stay. In many cases the result is spectacular accommodation in glorious settings. We always give preference to locally owned and run hotels located in interesting buildings. Equally importantly we are not slaves to going only where there are five star hotels; our journeys are led by curiosity and excitement and we want our stays to add to the overall experience of travel, not to act merely as a comfortable pause between other activities.

Food and Wine

Dining out in Europe can be a wonderful experience. We all remember a favourite meal overlooking a little harbour in Brittany or lunch on a loggia of a town square in Tuscany. But the pace of life today means that restaurants change quickly: the favourite little trattoria of our last visit can soon lose it’s charm or fade away altogether. Keeping a finger on the pulse of the best around is what we try to do wherever we go, whether it is a restaurant that spans generations or the latest Michelin sensation.