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Our top 5 favourite hikes in Tuscany

Mountain scenery in Tuscany

Imagine the Tuscan landscape and postcard-perfect rich green and warm amber, rolling hills, intersected with winding country roads that lead to quaint, medieval hamlets are likely to come to mind; an Italian landscape that has inspired artists for centuries. However, there is a less well-known beauty; the undiscovered gem of northern Tuscany and the Garfagnana region.

Take a wonderful walk along the Amalfi Coast

Flowers of amalfi

The glorious Amalfi Coast in Italy is a real tourist hot spot and it's easy to see why the Italians flock here for their holidays. Charming villages overlooking the sapphire Mediterranean is the stuff dreams are made of, and both the scenery and the lifestyle give you the opportunity of experiencing the real flavour of Italy. If you want to live the real la dolce vita then our Walking the Amalfi Coast tour takes you on foot to discover a multitude of hidden gems off the tourist trail.

3 National Parks to see Bengal Tigers in the wild

International Tiger Day

Nothing will prepare you for the extraordinary thrill of seeing a tiger in the wild. That first encounter where you lock eyes with the world’s biggest cat will leave an indelible imprint on your memory. In India, the Bengal tiger has been the country’s unspoken mascot for centuries, yet its population is continually threatened by poaching and fragmentation of habitat.

A Taste of Adventure: Portuguese Carne de Porco a Alantejana

Portuguese Carne de Porco a Alantejana

“My partner Chris, his son Ed, and I discovered this dish when we went on an Exodus family adventure to Portugal last year. We were staying in Vilanova de Milfontes and I was a bit nervous that a 12-year-old wouldn’t like the food. He soon proved me wrong by trying everything we ordered! One night we discovered this dish on the menu of a local restaurant. Ed surprised me by saying it was his favorite dish, so on our last night we just had to go back and order it again,” says Exodus staff member Gina Eckersley.

A Taste of Adventure: Italian Tiramisu

Tiramisu

The name of this classic Italian dessert translates as ‘pick-me-up’, due, no doubt, to the lavish amounts of caffeine and mascarpone it contains! Our recipe is from our local partners in Italy, the Acampora brothers. They own the Hotel Due Torri – a family-run hotel in a small village just outside Positano and Amalfi. Travelers who visit them are taught how to make this treasured family recipe at the hotel, and often take the recipe home with them.

A Taste of Adventure: Croatian Breskvice

Croatian peach cakes

These pretty little cakes are a great favorite in Croatia at gatherings for family and friends. They are a cross between a sponge and a cookie and are sandwiched with a peach jam, cocoa and rum filling. Little peach cakes are also popular in Italy where they have a custard filling flavored with peach brandy and are known as Tortine di pesche.

Serves 20 | Preparation time 1 hour | Cooking time 14 minutes

The Top 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the West

Grand canyon

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a sought-after status, and in America’s vast and dramatic west, it protects a number of the USA’s open spaces and natural wonders. From overawing canyons to the serenity of ancient forests, these world heritage sites represent the very best of the phenomenal landscapes of this vast and varied nation. Recognising their significance protects these special places, and by visiting you cement their importance and help to protect them for future generations to enjoy.

Here are the top 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of western USA:

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