What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Reaching those high peaks giving such rewarding views The charming villages with geraniums spilling from every window box Waking in the morning and just listening to the birds singing, distant church bells and the hum of the combine harvester somewhere in the valley.

What did you think of your group leader?

Liz was a gem.  A real star.  Fit as a fiddle, practical, an excellent driver and her love of the job and location showed.  She looked after us so well, ensuring we all had adequate water and clothing as necessary.  We enjoyed her company very much and admired her stamina as she really does work hard.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

The walking can be quite tough in parts - take poles if you have them they certainly help. Good trail shoes or lightweight boots are a must as some of the paths are uneven.  Don't think about wearing walking sandals - your toes will be cut to ribbons! It's all very casual at Braccicorti so travel light.  A torch is necessary for the trot along to "Il Grotto" on the free evenings.. and do try their ravioli with ricotta in a walnut sauce. Plenty of lovely local produce to try, buy and bring home so don't overpack going out.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Go on a diet before you spend a week eating Mamma's delicous food.