AMALFI COAST & BAY OF NAPLES

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The Walk of the Gods! I'm not a walker as a rule, so I approached this with some trepidation. But it was brilliant - great weather, in fairness (it would have been a different story had it been raining); stunning scenery; lovely villages - and, of course, good company. Walking shoes essential, although there were only one or two slightly dicey bits. I got away with walking sandals on this trek, but when climbing Vesuvius they were a definite disadvantage.

What did you think of your group leader?

Eduardo was very good - patient and always helpful. I picked up some good tips on viticulture from him!

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Bomerano is high up on the mountain. We went in May, when the forecast was for sunny weather throughout, with temperatures rising to 30c. But the village was always on the cool side - the forecast was for the coast, hundreds of feet below us. And one day it rained (how it rained!) - yet the day turned out to be lovely as we passed through the mountain and down to sea level. So - seriously consider taking warm clothing. We were less impressed than others with the hotel food. The staff are lovely, and the pizza-making and pasta-cooking  demos interesting (we learned a lot), but we found far better (tastier) food in local restaurants, which were notably full of locals.  

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We always thought we'd do Europe on our own (and generally do), but as ever, we got far more out of the trip by going with Exodus.