Magna Carta (Photo by Ash Mills)
Magna Carta (Photo by Ash Mills)

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Eat Like A Local: Greek Fried Courgettes And Tzatziki

If you've been lucky enough to book a place on our popular Crete & Santorini tour, you'll probably have enjoyed several plates of delicious fried courgettes - or kolokythakia tiganita. Served with a refreshing tzatziki or sometimes a creamy tomato sauce, these traditional snacks can be found in most tavernas…

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"Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?" by Oliver Gilkes

A Roman dinner party conjures up images of sophisticated conversation, poetry recitations, and gentle flute music, but this is only a partial view. Some gatherings were just as likely to involve raucous drinking, naked tightrope walkers and vulgar ostentation.

Traditionally thrown in the early evening, after a visit to the…

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Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know, by Oliver Gilkes

In the fourth century AD, the emperor Julian put pen to paper and composed a satirical sketch called ‘The Caesars’. In it, he imagined a banquet thrown by the Gods, to which they invited the Roman emperors. As each entered the hall the assembled deities discussed their achievements and character,…

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Pompeii vs. Herculaneum

If you're thinking about a holiday to Pompeii in Italy, you might also be wondering if it's worth taking a trip to the neighbouring town of Herculaneum, which was also destroyed and preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. 

Pompeii is a sprawling site that covers around 170…

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The Pompeii Experience

Italy’s appeal with its blue seas, stunning landscapes and Mediterranean lifestyle goes back a lot further than the first all-inclusive package holiday. Even in AD 79, the Romans recognised its allure, travelling to their holiday destinations of choice, Pompeii and Herculaneum. Like the modern tourist, the Romans created a resort…

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Sipping in Sicily: Our Guide To Sicilian Drinks

If you're looking for a refreshing treat, there's no better place to look to for inspiration than Sicily. From delicious aperitifs to full-bodied red wines produced on this glorious Italian island, there is something to quench every kind of thirst here. Without further ado, bottoms up! Or, as the Sicilians…

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Rome with Mary Beard

Ancient Rome in four days might sound like a visit too far, but when you have Professor Mary Beard to guide you for one of those days – as well as a host of specially arranged privileged visits – it turns into a unique opportunity to experience the Eternal City.…

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What Are Our Expert Guide Lecturers Reading?

To celebrate World Book Day, we wanted to mark the occasion by asking our Guide Lecturers to recommend you a book or two! Many of the experts who lead our tours have published books themselves, but they are also supportive of other writers' projects and we've put together a little…

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