WALKING IN TUSCANY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Reaching the top of Monte Prado, the highest peak in Tuscany.

What did you think of your group leader?

There will be one or two people in your life, who will have a huge impact on you, and Sara Bull had that impact on all of us.  She is a very experienced leader, and has a fountain of knowledge, which she shares with you of the local area from the history, to the villages and towns, flora and fauna etc. She kept us going with treats of biscuits and sweeties, and she led from the front and from the back, to ensure that those who were a bit slower reached the tops of the mountains along with the rest of us.  She is the kindest and most thoughtful person I have ever met, and if you come on this holiday you will have a very memorable time, and you will feel extremely privileged to have met her.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Walking poles are essential, as they are a great help both on the climbs up the montains, and on your way back down.  If you are thinking of coming, just book it, you will have a wonderful time.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We were very lucky to go to Castiglioni a couple of times, once on a walk, and the last time being on the morning of our departure, to see the chestnut festival which happens at the beginning of october.  The people were so friendly and welcoming, and at the festival we witnessed a great sense of community, something which is quite rare these days in England.  The whole town were out enjoying themselves, and it was quite a spectacle.  If you come here, you will experience the warmth and hospitality of the people of this region, especially at Braccicorti.  I have great memories especially of the picnics on top of the mountains, and in particular Mamma's delicious homemade sundried tomatoes and the Grappa that she made, which we were treated to one evening.