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Jackie Parsons is the co-owner of Hedonistic Hiking. She has been a tour guide since 1992 and has lead walking tours since 2000. She creates and guides Hedonistic Hiking’s all-inclusive gastronomic hiking tours throughout Italy. Alongside the hikes, all tours provide an unforgettable insight into the local history, art, culture, food, and wine, and are graded for ability. Find out more at

Latest Posts By Jackie Parsons

7 days ago

7 Reasons to Choose a Mountain Holiday Over a Beach Break

What sort of person are you? Introverted? Sociable? More of a thinker than an extrovert? And do any of those personality traits have any bearing on what sort of holidays you take? Search online and you’ll find multiple quizzes to determine…

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2 months ago

What Type of Holiday Should You Take Now That Your Kids Have Moved On?

Look back over the years and if you’re lucky, you’ll have clocked up a fair few holidays. Sun-soaked beaches, less-than-perfect campsites, city wanderings. The fact is that simply having a break from routine provides us with the memories that stand out…

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3 months ago

Are You a Walking Enthusiast? 6 Tips to Enjoy a Walking Vacation Experience After 60

Do you look forward to taking a walk every day? If so, you may well be thinking about making your next vacation one that involves walking. The fact is that once you incorporate walking into your daily routine…

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3 months ago

9 Gastronomic Reasons to Visit Italy

Exploring a country’s food culture is a big part of any overseas holiday, and most definitely the case in Italy where, happily, eating and drinking can be as educational as it is delicious! Wherever you go in Italy, you’ll find a focus on using only locally…

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5 months ago

Where and When to See Europe in Bloom

If the sight and scent of flowers fills you with joy, possibly even to the point of shaping your holiday planning, you’ll know how important it is to get your timing right. Regardless of where you’re going, you’ll want to make sure that you’re visiting…

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7 months ago

Top 10 Small Museums and Attractions in Italy

There’s no shortage of world-class museums and galleries in Italy but a visit to a lesser-known, smaller attraction delivers a crowd-free and often equally enriching alternative. These hidden pint-sized gems don’t have the size and grandeur of the country’s big hitters but they’re a great way to step straight into the local culture and history […]

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9 months ago

6 Reasons Why Italy Ticks Every Box for Travellers Over 60

Are you mulling over where to go for your next holiday? After several tricky years, suddenly the world is our oyster! Interestingly, though, that doesn’t seem to make the decision any easier, possibly because as the years pass and we understand…

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10 months ago

7 Things You May Not Know About Tuscany

The one thing you probably do know about Tuscany is that it’s one of the most visited regions in Italy, topped only by the Veneto, and also one of incredible beauty. Most visitors leave with memories of art-filled cities and medieval hilltop villages…

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12 months ago

How to Make Travelling Solo a Joyous Experience

Does the thought of travelling alone fill you with abject horror? Or do you get a thrill at the idea of setting off on holiday on your own? The fact is, solo travel is on the up, with more of us travelling solo than before the pandemic and American women…

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1 year ago

6 of the Most Charming Villages and Small Towns in Italy

Next time you go to Italy, think twice about staying in the famous culture-driven cities and instead make tracks for some of the smaller towns and villages. Crowd free and infinitely charming, these towns also present the perfect opportunity…

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