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Vineyards, villages and Volterra: 5 reasons you should visit Tuscany’s Chianti region

A bright orange glare casts a warm glow over the endless quintessential Tuscan landscapes as the sun begins to set behind cypress-studded hills. The perfect setting for romantics, the Chianti region has long-inspired a swathe of artists and writers who lift the natural beauty and translate it delicately into words and images. Picking up a […]

Top 9 rooms with a view

Location, location, location! Immaculate vineyards, erupting volcanoes, pounding ocean waves and mighty mountain ranges – just some of the spectacular views Headwater customers will enjoy this summer when staying at our finest-ever collection of hand-picked hotels. 1. The Amalfi Coast is renowned for its sensational scenery: mountains dropping into crystal blue seas, towns clinging vertiginously […]

Where is hot in April for a Cycling Holiday?

In theory, the UK and much of northern Europe should be a pleasant enough temperature come April, but sadly in practice single digit temperatures, rain and even snow are all too common. Luckily enough we’ve got three great destinations that would make for a perfect April cycling holiday with sunny weather and far more besides. […]

In the footsteps of Saint Francis…sort of

I’m in Umbria on a route-finding ‘mission’ for Headwater – one with a slightly religious flavour – to put together the walks for their fantastic new walking itinerary that follows part of the 500km Saint Francis Way (the Via di Francesco) from La Verna to Rome. Well, I’m hoping it’ll be fantastic…once I’ve finished it! […]

5 tips for ordering coffee in Italy

Coffee is an important part of the Italian culture. The locals enjoy the delicious beverage with friends or family during a coffee break known as ‘una pausa’. Ordering it isn’t as simple as you’d think; with many variations it’s a good idea to be clued up about what you should and shouldn’t say. Headwater’s short […]

Unbelievable Umbria – 4 of the best of food and wine

It’s not hard to see why the Umbria region of Italy is considered its beating green heart. Lush vegetation really does flow through the veins of central Italy thanks to the abundant fertility of Umbria; where perfectly orchestrated vines clasp the sides of the stretching hills, the fields’ deep palate of greens, browns, ochres, and […]

Through the keyhole: Headwater’s quirkiest hotels

Do an internet search for “the world’s quirkiest hotels” and you’ll see a magnet-shaped hotel in China, a converted former Jumbo Jet in Sweden and ‘spirit spheres’ (posh treehouses) in Canada. At Headwater we hand-pick each of our hotels and there’s one or two below that we think would give these a run for their […]

Best places to see waterfalls on a Headwater holiday

The rushing and gushing of water is somewhat therapeutic, even the tinkle of raindrops on a window is enough to send many people to sleep. A waterfall is in a league of its own – the way gravity pulls the water from the mountain or cliff edge is magnificent to watch and marvellous to photograph. […]