Walking the prosecco hills

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

It is very hard to pick a highlight. The Villa Barbaro was outstanding and memorable. The overall quality and variety of the food and drink was terrific. The last night meal at The Swallow, was a corker!

What did you think of your group leader?

Severio was pleasant, with an easy going style but he could have been better. As a native of Italy, it would have been good if he could have told us more about the culture and history of the region. I didn't expect him to be an expert in all areas, but he would sometimes make up answers to questions instead of just saying, 'I don't know, perhaps I can find out'. His knowledge of flora and fauna, for example, was poor, which is not a problem in itself. LWhat I found irritating was,for example, that when we came across the body off large black snake and asked what type it was; rather than admit that he didn't know;he told us that it was a grass snake. A couple of days later we discovered that it was actually a European whip snake! Generally, he was a bit too casual. At lunch stops, we rarely knew how long we had to eat; he would often just say, after a while, that we'd be leaving in five minutes. Severio always got us where we needed to be on time, but didn't volunteer the sort of additional information that would have added a great deal to the holiday. A simple map of some the places where we stayed and visited would have been helpful or a verbal outline of recommended places to see or things to do , would have been useful.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The trip to Treviso didn't allow enough time to have a good look round. The walk by the river, particularly the return leg, shrouded in trees, was really dull. Annoyingly, at the end of the walk, we stood outside an ancient and intriguing building which Steverio told us was supposed to be wonderful but was only accessible by prior arrangement with the council. If this building if this great, wouldn't it be a lovely idea to incorporate it in the guided walk that we did on arrival?