THE AMALFI COAST

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Probably the visit to the Colloseum at Pompeii, but every day had its highlighlights - Herculaneum, Vesuvius, Positano and Ravello were all well worth seeing along with the superb views of the Amalfi coast on each of the walks.

What did you think of your group leader?

Christine was brilliant - knowledgeable and enthusiastic, much-loved by the hotel staff and other locals we bumped into on the walks - she added a lot to the whole experience.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

It will probably be colder than you are expecting at the hotel in Bomerano so pack something warm. If you suffer from any knee problems be aware that there are many steps to walk down. The food and staff at the hotel are great and they cater for vegetarians - unlike British Airways! There are no kettles in the rooms. The water is safe and fine to drink. The local public buses are used on several days - don't turn up late, they are very busy. We took the optional trip on offer on our day off to Herculaneum and Ravello (35 Euros each and 10 Euros each for the guide, who is excellent) - well worth doing but be aware you spend quite a long time travelling on the minibus.  Enjoy!   

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The last day requires getting up about 3.30 am to get the bus at 4.30 to the airport, which is not an ideal way to end the holiday. When you get to Naples airport there are a few places to get a drink and a bite to eat at various places before security, after security, and close to the boarding gates. Almost everyone in the shops and restaurants in the region speaks enough English to get by if your Italian is limited. You can pay your drinks bill at the hotel at the end of the week using a credit card.