WALKING IN TUSCANY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Climbing the peaks on each walk and seeing the Garfagnana region streatch out below. Stunning vistas. The walks were invigorating and packed with interest.

What did you think of your group leader?

Sara was faultless. She worked hard to ensure that organised excurtions went smoothly, for example, scouring the local villages to get train tickets for the next day visits to Lucca. Sara had a wonderful sence of humour and was a mine of information on the walks and about the tales and experiences she had encountered. She made the trip a smoothly run operation. She's a treasure as are the family at the farm who worked behind the scenes.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Make sure you know what you are letting yourself in for if you take this trip with regard for walks- the Walking in Tuscany tour and in the Garfagnana would be akin to say doing some of the peaks of the Lake District or the highlands of Scotland. Certainly do-able if your walking ability is of that level. This is not a trip for gentle rambles around tuscan villages, although we had a few of those when circumstances necessitated.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Mamma's cooking was superb, as a vegetarian I never felt I was getting second best. The best meals were her Parmigiana, her pasta with Pesto and her deserts were sublime- the Tiramisu Ice Cream and her Pannacotta here gorgeous.  It would have been nice if we could have eaten outside a few more times as the outdoor dining area was just idylic on our last meal.