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There is no longer any such thing as an “undiscovered” bit of Italy. Entire libraries have been written on the major sights and places, while even small villages produce thousands of hits on a Google search.

There are still, however, parts of Italy that do not get the attention they appear to deserve, that are merely well-known where they should be famous all over the world. One such place is

... Why We Should Pay More Attention to Perugia

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Briga is the Italian mountain village from central casting …

… that somehow got lost and wound up on the other (French) side of the border where it was subsequently renamed La Brigue.

Whatever nomenclature you prefer: this is a pleasant little place, much more charming than gloomy Tende a few kilometres to the north, and well worth a stopover if you are in the area.

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Guest Post You thought that, when going hiking, missing the last bus home and leaks in the water bottle that ruin your backpack and everything inside were the biggest risks on the sort of tame outdoor “adventure” that we regularly advertise in these parts? Wrong – as you will find out in the following guest post*.

Discovering the great outdoors can be an exciting time for many beginner hikers. You’ve

... One More Thing to Worry About When Going Hiking

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Scars, as a rule, do not make human faces prettier but can make them more interesting. The same mechanism is at work in towns and cities. Many modern cities with long histories bear the scars of old catastrophes in their townscapes: we can still see where the structure of London was altered following the Great Fire of 1666 and where the old streets were simply rebuilt with new houses, and we can still

... L’Aquila – an Eagle with Broken Wings

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In certain – generally rather expensive – restaurants, they offer you what they call a menu de degustation: which means that rather than feeding you properly with meat and two veg, they show you a little of their art, teasing your taste buds with one bite of this and two bites of that and indicating what they would be capable of if you were offering them more of your time and money.

Today’s

... A Trip to Take a Peek at the Peaks of Abruzzi

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Ready for more “Cologne through the prism of its Romanesque architecture”? All right then, here we go.

This week, we shall visit six more early medieval churches, now turning our attention to the southern half of Cologne’s Old Town. We will walk through some pretty and picturesque streets with much local atmosphere, making sure that there is a lot to see even if your interest in early Christian architecture is somewhat limited.

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Why is Germany such an uncool travel destination? One reason, I suspect, is that most of her major cities come across as rather charmless. Not that they lack historical interest or scenic spots: the problem is that any such attractions have been buried in mundane urban fabric and that you have to look for them amidst architectural crimes from the 1960s and 1970s.

The best example for this is Cologne, the

... Finding the Romanesque Churches of Cologne

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Untouched nature anywhere near the Riviera coast is rare, but it exists. As Exhibit One, we present today’s post.

Untouched nature – where it exists – is also, as a rule, well hidden. To find the lush green valley that provides the scenery for this week’s hike, you must go to the back of the first elevation of rocks that you can see from the coast.

Take bus

... Finding Untouched Nature in the French Riviera

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One of the main tourist attractions of the Italian Riviera actually lies a few miles further inland: no visit to this stretch of the Mediterranean coast would be complete without a trip to at least one of the Ligurian mountain villages with their narrow lanes and dark cobbled alleyways.

Ten or twenty minutes away from the hustle and bustle of coastal resorts between Ventimiglia and Alassio, you will enter a different world, one

... Some Ligurian Mountain Villages You Can Visit

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This week’s post takes a leaf out of your local supermarket’s sale strategy. If “2 for the price of 1” helps shift chickens, deodorant, toilet paper and what-not, it should also attract the punters to the Easy Hiker blog.

Today, we shall give you a taste of two of the outstanding Ligurian trails, the north-to-south Alta Via Monte Liguria and the east-to-west Sentiero Arcobalone in one hike.

That, at

... 2 Outstanding Ligurian Trails for the Price of 1

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