What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Climbing the Monte Prudo peak on the last day. The weather had been a bit varied in the week (ranging from thunder and lightning to hot sunshine) but on the day of the hike the weather was beautiful and clear so the views from the top were absolutely stunning. Great fun navigating the strong winds, lunch at the top of the peak, breath-taking scenery, beautiful woodland, home-cooked food to return to - a perfect day.
What did you think of your group leader?
Awesome - Sara was enthusiastic, energetic, caring, skilled, steady, reliable and organised throughout the trip. She was encouraging of everybody in the group, and took a strongly positive and inclusive approach to everyone, whatever their abilities or needs. Her extensive knowledge of the region and it's community meant that she could arrange the week's activities flexibly to cater for changes in the weather and the group's preferences. I learned so many new things about hiking and outdoors activities in just one week, from Sara's experience and knowledge. And her sense of humour added to the fun!
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be prepared for variable weather conditions, and changes in the itinerary because of it. The outdoor swimming pool is lovely, but it's not heated so was chilly to swim in in September - brace yourself!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The accommodation (Braccicorti) has basic facilities, which are adequately comfortable for the needs of the trip, but doesn't offer 'luxury' so make sure you're not expecting luxury. It has a really homely feel to it, with staff who are friendly, welcoming and helpful. The home-cooked meals are delicious. The bedrooms were ensuite which I hadn't expected from the brochure. It was great to learn from the family and group leader about the running of the farmhouse and agriturismo whilst staying there.