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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 […]

Top 12 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 […]

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. […]

Come Ride with Headwater!

We have some exciting news about improvements we have made to our route directions, following customer feedback. For those of you like to travel by bike when on holiday, we have begun rolling out electronic versions of our route directions, which can be downloaded onto handheld devices such as mobile phones (Android or i-Phone) or […]

What’s cooking in Piedmont?

Food is a fundamental part of any holiday experience and at Headwater we pride ourselves on choosing locations where you can sample the best of authentic regional cuisine. Whether it’s a gourmet meal paired with the finest wines, a cookery lesson sampling local delicacies or a simple local dish that just hits the spot, food […]