Tours & Courses for 2018 …

Today, the sun is shining and the birds are singing: at last it seems to be spring…

Thoughts run to travel. And here, is what we have on offer for this year via Hidden Worlds, the small company Lois and I have run together for almost two decades….though our combined experience of such things is many years more.

We have a brand new website devoted specifically to our tours and workshops…built by Lois. There will be a newsletter and…a blog.


We are small, deliberately so because that way we can ensure out impact on the natural world we love is minimal but also because we can take better care of those who choose to travel with us. We feel (and have been told) that what we offer is unique:

  • A deep knowledge of Italy, its history, culture and food because we live here and have travelled widely for many years before and since we moved in 2003.
  • Paul’s lifelong  study of the Mediterranean and alpine region of Europe that has resulted in numerous books and an unrivalled knowledge of wonderful plants in superb scenery where butterflies and birds also abound.
  • Photographic expertise and the ability to communicate it honed over many years…from beginners, through enthusiasts to those who might want to know about the equations that govern diffraction and resolution – we can vary to suit what you might want to know.
  • We love good food ourselves and are both cooks:  Paul is a vegetarian (and has been since he was 6 years of age) Lois is not… so we make sure you eat well through places we chose to stay, the picnics Lois makes all using the best of locally produced ingredients.
  • Background…the history, the art, the landscape of the country that is our adopted home and which we never tire of exploring.

We are not the cheapest but far from being the most expensive…living and working in Italy and staying small we keep overheads low…you benefit.


With some companies you have a leader who comes to a place once a year…we live in Italy and see the places we visit in all seasons because we are fascinated by this country and its historical and natural treasures. We have an exceptional network of Italian friends who trust us implicitly and with whom we work on projects…we find so much others never see and love sharing this with like-minded people. Good company is of utmost importance to us.

If you have never travelled in a ‘group’ even small ones like ours and you feel that you are too independent…well so are we and that is why we work with you to make sure you see what you want and a whole lot more. If you have a group of friends and make up to a minimum of four then we can arrange private trips …we are, above all flexible with an exceptional knowledge of what we offer and where we live.

People are sometimes concerned about level of activity and fitness…just talk to us. Generally our days involve gentle ambling but for those who enjoy longer walks we can provide that, too.  If you know anyone else who would like to know about us then please pass on the email address:

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