Tuscany: Florence to Lucca

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

My most inspirational moments were the opportunities to test my abilities to climb the hills/mountains. Where I live there are some short, steep hills, but no long climbs. It was a great feeling to reach the 1000m height after a few kilometres of effort and to look back down to where we had started.

What did you think of your group leader?

Radu was a great leader, equally supported by Liz, and the two of them made the trip thoroughly enjoyable. Never a dull moment. Very knowledgeable of the area and history, entertaining and inspirational, and always aware of the well-being of our group.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Always take a good variety of suitable clothing. The weather can change day by day, can be very hot in the valleys and cold on the hill tops (especially descending at high speed down the hills!). See how many flavours of the gorgeous ice-cream you can taste.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Highly recommend staying on in Lucca for another day or two if possible. Lots to see, and soak up the atmosphere.