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Bologna - La Grassa

Famed for its good food, discover the heritage of the world renowned produce of Bologna, walk in the Apennine hills and enjoy the historic cities of Parma, Modena, Ravenna and Bologna.

  • Italy

  • 7 nights
  • Breakfasts in your hotel & 6 dinners in local restaurants
  • Food & Wine

    Culture

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  • Average group size: 12-14

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Adagio Collection

The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Bologna's history and culture with a local guide.
  • Taste the local cheeses and hams in Parma.
  • Explore Ravenna and its superb Byzantine art.
  • Venture through the famous market town of Modena with a local guide.
  • Stay in the beautifully preserved city of Bologna.
  • Stay in a centrally located hotel with everything you need on your doorstep.

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Po Valley that runs across Northern Italy, Bologna city in Emilia Romagna province is surrounded by a vast area of fertile farmland. This region is renowned for producing some of the world's most exquisite culinary delights. Often translated as 'The Fat One' in Italian, Bologna's nickname doesn't refer to individuals but pays homage to the exceptional, globally acclaimed produce originating from the surrounding areas. From the well-documented pleasures of Parmesan cheese and Parma ham to the lesser-known treasures such as Modena's balsamic vinegar and coincidentally, the birthplace of Ferrari cars, this region is a gastronomic haven. Parma is unmistakably linked to its famed ham and cheese, while the Bolognese proudly claim Mortadella sausage, lasagne, and tortellini. However, it's crucial to note that Spaghetti Bolognese is not recognized in Italy, and a mention of it may elicit a puzzled look, as the term is unfamiliar. This is a holiday based around food, where you'll experience typical homecooked traditional dishes in family run restaurants, sometimes referred to as Cibo Povero.

Yet, Bologna offers more than just a culinary journey; it boasts a meticulously preserved city centre, easily accessible from your hotel's doorstep. Modena showcases perhaps the finest Romanesque cathedral in Italy, while Ravenna, the former capital of the Western Roman Empire, beckons with its timeless architecture dating back 1,500 years. Parma, another captivating city, invites exploration, and a leisurely day in the Apennine foothills adds a refreshing outdoor dimension to your experience. Conclude your adventure with a final day exploring the captivating city of Bologna. 

  • Return flights from London to Bologna.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite four-star hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Six dinners taken in local restaurants.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train.
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary.
  • Services of a local guide in Bologna, Ravenna, Parma and Modena.
  • All local tips.
  • Services of an Adagio Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

51820

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Fly to Bologna and have a short transfer into the city to the hotel just off the Piazza Maggiore. You may have some time for a stroll around the local area before dinner.

Transfer Time = 30 minutes

Day 2

Bologna

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

Start the day with a guided tour of the enchanting city of Bologna.  As you navigate the cobblestone streets, the allure of Bologna's well-preserved architecture will unfold before you, creating a picturesque backdrop for your exploration. The markets and food shops scattered throughout the city are veritable feasts for the senses. Showcasing the finest produce from the surrounding fertile lands, these establishments promise a mouthwatering array of culinary delights. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you witness the locals passionately selecting and savouring the freshest ingredients. It's an experience that not only tantalizes the taste buds but also provides a deeper connection to the gastronomic soul of Bologna. 

Don't miss the opportunity to marvel at Bologna's famed porticos and towers, which add a unique architectural charm to the cityscape. The porticos, with their elegant arches, create a distinctive ambiance as you stroll beneath their shelter. Keep an eye out for the iconic towers that punctuate the skyline, each with its own story and historical significance.

In the heart of Bologna, every step unveils a blend of history, gastronomy, and architectural splendor. As you delve into the city's treasures, let the expert guidance of your tour illuminate the hidden gems and stories that make Bologna a true cultural gem in the heart of Italy.

Day 3

Parma

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

It’s off to wonderful Parma today. It will take about an hour in a private coach. Explore the town, its history, its food and its culture with a local guide. You also have the fantastic opportunity to stop and taste the delicious local cheeses and hams after the tour has finished.

Your day begins with a guided tour led by a local expert who will unravel the layers of Parma's rich history, providing insight into the city's cultural heritage. Stroll through the charming streets, lined with architectural wonders that echo tales of times gone by. From historic landmarks to hidden gems, your guide will paint a vivid picture of Parma's past and present. 

A highlight of your visit is the chance to indulge in the gastronomic treasures that define Parma's culinary reputation. Along the way, you'll have the fantastic opportunity to pause and savour the exquisite flavours of local cheeses and hams.

Day 4

Walking in the Apennine Hills

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Today promises a refreshing escape into the scenic Apennine hills as you board the private coach, offering a picturesque journey into nature. Embrace the opportunity to stretch your legs and immerse yourself in the invigorating mountain air, a perfect contrast to the city explorations. Start the day with a short and gentle walk to Caprara di Sotto and Caprara di Sopra, passing remnants of history in the form of World War II ruins. It is a short walk, taken at a relaxed pace. After a delightful short walk, there will be ample time in the afternoon to explore Bologna independently. Whether you choose to wander through the historic streets, visit local attractions, or simply soak in the ambiance of this vibrant city, the afternoon is yours to tailor to your preferences. 

Dinner is not included tonight so you can explore Bologna's culinary delights and delicious dishes independently.

Day 5

Ravenna

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Travel an hour to the east to the historic town of Ravenna. Once a brief but significant capital of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, Ravenna is a gem waiting to be explored. Despite its size, this town holds a wealth of treasures, particularly in the form of superb mosaics and Byzantine art that testify to its rich historical legacy. 

One of the highlights of your visit is the renowned Basilica of San Vitale, a masterpiece that has earned global acclaim. This basilica is a testament to the architectural and artistic brilliance of the Byzantine era, showcasing intricate mosaics that transport visitors back in time. The visual storytelling within its walls provides a unique glimpse into the cultural and religious tapestry of Ravenna's past. 

Day 6

Modena

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Now to the vibrant city of Modena! With a local guide leading the way, immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Modena's famous market. Witness the hustle and bustle as locals gather to select fresh produce and regional specialties. As you traverse the town, marvel at the architectural splendor of the Main Square, where the striking Duomo takes centre stage. 

Crossing the iconic Via Emilia, from which the entire region derives its name, adds a historical perspective to your journey. Explore the market further, taking in the sights, sounds, and aromas that make Modena a sensory delight. Finish with a visit to a traditional shop for a Balsamic Vinegar tasting.  

Following the guided tour, you have the freedom to enjoy a leisurely lunch or explore Modena's galleries at your own pace. It is not included but we will make time for anybody who wishes to visit the Ferrari Museum. It is well worth it for everybody!

Day 7

Bologna

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Enjoy a final day in Bologna and there's still much to explore and experience! One exceptional option is the scenic walk up the 4km porticoed walkway to the Santuario di Madonna di San Luca. This journey not only offers a rewarding physical activity but also provides a unique opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of Bologna and its surroundings. In addition to this invigorating walk, Bologna's city centre still beckons with its wealth of attractions. Consider exploring the historic streets, visiting local landmarks, or immersing yourself in the cultural and artistic offerings of this vibrant city. Whether you choose to delve into the rich history of Bologna, indulge in its culinary delights, or simply savor the charm of its streets, the final day provides an opportunity to tailor your experience according to your preferences.

Day 8

Departure

Meals

Breakfast

It is time to say goodbye to the delicious tastes and sweet smells of Bologna. There may have some free time before your short transfer to Bologna Airport for your return flight home to the UK. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

12th Sep 2024 - 19th Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

8th May 2025 - 15th May 2025 (7 Nights)

12th Jun 2025 - 19th Jun 2025 (7 Nights)

21st Aug 2025 - 28th Aug 2025 (7 Nights)

30th Oct 2025 - 6th Nov 2025 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

Fly from London to Bologna Airport and return. Sometimes flights are from London Gatwick to Venice Airport with British Airways. 

Transfer approximately 30 minutes by private coach to the hotel. For those holidays with flights to Venice Airport, the transfer to the hotel is approximately 2 hours. 

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Orologio

Bologna enjoys an historic legacy as fine as any city in Europe. It has the oldest university in Europe. The city centre is beautifully preserved, note particularly the porticos, covered walk ways, for which the city is renowned. Originally they protected the Bolognese from sun and rain, a function they still serve to this day. Another notable feature is the towers, vanity projects for the wealthy citizens in the middle ages which add to the city’s distinctive skyline. The view from the Torre degli Asinelli is inspiring but the stairs to the top are certainly not for the faint hearted.

Named after the city clock tower clearly visible from some bedroom windows, the four star Hotel Orologio is ideally located for our sight seeing programme. You are about 50m from the main square in Bologna in the heart of the centro storico. All the city sites are within a short walk as are the sumptuous markets and food shops. The hotel is family run and simplistic, but ideally located for this holiday. There is a bar area that you can relax in after dinner. 

Stay in double and twin bedded rooms. Single rooms are double for sole use rooms. All rooms are decorated with dark wood furnishings and bright pastel colouring. Facilities include:

  • Ensuite facilities
  • Satellite Television
  • Mini fridge
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • WiFi
  • Tea/coffee making facilities 

For interest the art works in the square outside the hotel by Nicola Zamboni and Sara Bolzani were unveiled in November 2017.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

A relaxing way to explore, where we’ve perfected the art of taking our time. You don’t need to be a seasoned walker or fit enough to walk for miles to join these itineraries. All trips at this grade are focused on quality time. We encourage everyone to pause and take in their surroundings, strolling on foot at a leisurely pace. 

Usual daily walks - Distance: 3 miles; Ascent/Descent 50m; Terrain: good paths and tracks; Time: Over the duration of a day. 

Please ensure to read the 'Proposed Itinerary' for a more accurate description of daily activities on each holiday, and if unsure please contact one of our friendly experts for advice.  

Walks & Excursions

Food & Wine

Local cuisine and wines are an important ingredient in everyone’s plans, and our Food & Wine holidays aim to include dining out at local restaurants where we can, as part of your experiences, as well as delving a little deeper into local delicacies and including visits and tastings at wineries and beer houses, plus we might explore a city on a food tour with stops to visit a market, enjoy a cookery class or follow a tapas or meze trail. On this holiday we include a tour with a local guide of Parma, where we’ll sample local cheeses and hams.  

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Your Group

Your Leader

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

Fly from London to Bologna Airport and return. Transfer approximately 30 minutes by private coach to your central hotel. 

On some dates flights are from London to Venice Airport, therefore the transfer to the hotel is approximately 2 hours. 

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Bologna we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.  

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel (and vv) are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Seven breakfasts and six dinners are included in the holiday. Breakfasts are taken at the hotel and includes a wide choice of local products such as cereals, eggs, bacon, sausages, fresh fruit, fresh bread, cakes and pastries. 

Dinners are taken in local restaurants during the evening where you can enjoy a range of al la carte, set menus and buffets. Dinner is not included on one night so you can explore Bologna's culinary delights and delicious dishes independently. Local restaurants allow you to enjoy an authentic experience and sometimes lively atmosphere in a traditional Italian restaurant along with local diners and the Italian hospitality. Italian dishes are usually created using locally sourced fresh ingredients. Usually you can expect a variety of international and local delicacies such as pasta, risotto, meat and fish! The hotel's central location also means you can enjoy a walk to and from local restaurants for dinner, maybe even venture further for a drink in a local bar afterwards! You can immerse yourself in the local culture and explore more of Bologna! 

You'll experience typical homecooked traditional dishes in family run restaurants, sometimes referred to as Cibo Povero. In Italy, traditional meals may include primo, il secondo, and dolce, sometimes in addition to antipasto or antipasti; but this varies depending on restaurants and the regions of Italy. Antipasto and Antipasti are a traditional course in formal Italian meals and translate as 'before the meal' as they are usually before the primo course. Antipasto refers to one portion and Antipasti refers to more than one portion. This usually includes cured meats such as salami, pepperoni, prosciutto or mortadella. Rich cheeses such as fresh mozzarella, gouda, provolone or Parmigiana-Reggiano are also included. Seafood like shrimp, anchovies and salmon are sometimes included too. Primo can be served as an appetiser and usually consists of rich pasta, soup or risotto. The main course is called il secondo and usually includes meat, fish or vegetarian. The dolce refers to the dessert and ends a traditional Italian meal. 

Lunches are not included in the cost of the holiday. Sumptuous markets and food shops are just a short walk from the hotel so picnic supplies of the highest standard will be easily available.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes! 
  • A sunhat, fleece and gloves… to cover all eventualities. 
  • Sun cream. The sun can be strong in Italy.
  • A water bottle. Just in case we can’t get to the local café. 
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required. 
  • A simple basic first aid kit. 
  • A daypack to hold all the above. 
  • Sensible footwear as some paths we walk are stony. 
  • Insect repellant.

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Italy

Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found Power Plugs Sockets.

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

The Rough Guide to Italy has some useful insights into the area and sites we will be seeing and lots of other in-depth information about the country. 

There are many Bologna based Pocket Guides by Insight Pocket Guides and Berlitz Pocket Guides.

Italy: Top sights of Bologna by Helen Williams and Lorena De Luca

The Bologna website has more information about the area that we will be staying in. 

Gino's Italian Escapes: A taste of the Sun: Bologna - Gino continues his culinary adventure in Bologna

Gino's Italian Express: Bologna o Verona - Gino continues his culinary adventure in Bologna

Rick Stein's long weekend - Series 1 Episode 5 - Rick ventures to Bologna for its culinary dishes

Italy Unpacked: The Art of the Feast - Series 1 - Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli explore the culture, food and history of Bologna, Modena and Parma

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Health Advice for Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

GHIC / EHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Height

It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 1000m.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust is passionate about making the outdoors more accessible for more people from all communities. We grant funds to many organisations and have recently partnered with Mind Over Mountains, Adaptive Grand Slam and other groups to create an enduring impact on people’s lives and to support them to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the Trust makes many small grants to local organisations such as Ramblers Groups, Walkers are Welcome, My kind of Books and recently provided a small grant, via his scouting group, to enable a young man whose family had fallen on hard times to complete his DofE Gold award.

Patron of the Trust is the renowned explorer, Mark Wood. Over 20 years Mark has undertaken expeditions to some of the most remote parts of our planet. Our shared values make for an exciting partnership, and we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can encourage people from all communities to enjoy being active outdoors in whatever way suits them best.

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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Italy

  • Capital

    Rome

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

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No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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