WALKING IN TUSCANY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

There were a few: reaching the summit of monte di Prado mountain was wonderful, and it is a fabulous walk along a ridge with exceptional views, also coming down at the end to the beautiful ski lodge with a huge open log fireplace. Walking through the forests, with mushrooms of every colour lurking in the undergrowth, with Elvis the dog snuffling around for truffles. Visiting Castiglione village with its square filled with stalls selling fabulous local cheeses. Spending the day in Lucca in brilliant sunshine on our day off was magical, especially after three days of walking. 

What did you think of your group leader?

The group leader can make or break the holiday and ours was certainly 'made' by having Sara as our leader. She is thoroughly knowledgeable, not just about the mountains where we were walking each day, but she is obviously also passionate about the area, and she always gave us such detailed and interesting insights into local Italian life. She's also really fond of the lovely family at Braccicorti where we were staying. Sara 'went the extra mile' on every occasion to make sure everyone was happy and looked after. I felt carsick on the first day, so she always made sure i sat in the front with her, and I would say it was that aspect of looking out for everyone's welfare that makes her such an excellent leader.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Don't listen to Exodus's advice about taking energy bars, you get more than enough food to see you through at Braccicorti.