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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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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.

It is, of course, a great pleasure to explore the local regional cuisine and in the evening we choose the best restaurants available and select local and regional specialities, with an emphasis on seasonal dishes. We always seek out home-cooked food although we remain aware of the difference between the eating habits of our clients and the local residents and try to select dishes which provide a balance of ingredients. At the end of the walk we hope that a good selection of regional dishes will have been tried. In most cases we order a meal for the whole group, which ensures reasonably efficient service as well as variety during the trip. We always take into account any special requirements or preferences and you are most welcome to try any dishes which we have not requested.

At lunchtime we provide plenty of fresh food in the form of salads and fruit as well as cold meats, cheeses, local breads and any speciality which is better suited to lunch. Wines are important and are chosen by the tour leader and during the trip we will attempt to offer a wide variety of local as well as national wines to give a true overview of those available in the area.