Get away from it all and enjoy the ride....

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

We went a day early to see Matera properly. This is an extraordinary and attractive place that has been transformed from being Italy's national disgrace in the 1960s to be named as the European City of Culture for 2019 while we were on the trip. Not to be missed.

What did you think of your group leader?

Our group leader was Michaele. He was professional, knowledgable, organised, hard working and personable while also being great fun and spontaneous at the same time. He made sure that everyone had a fantastic holiday. It's hard to imagine anyone doing the job as well as him.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

The trip was a combination of interesting medieval towns and villages, great climate and a taste of of Italy far away from the usual tourist sites. The cycling was through countryside and by the coast, but not always beautiful - we understand that the route is to be 'tuned' in the near future. Some days were quite tiring but really shouldn't be a problem for anyone who has prepared for the holiday. The opportunity for a dip in the turquoise sea during October is not to be missed.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We are smitten. This was our first cycling holiday and we are keen to try another next year. Especially if Michaele is the leader. We had read the less favourable reviews of this trip even before we booked; our experience was enduringly positive.