Walking in Tuscany
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Lots of moments, but particularly the views from high up, and those times when you've been walking for a while and somehow, without noticing the change, everything feels just right.
What did you think of your group leader?
Sara is a great leader. She thinks of everything everyone might need and sorts it out for them, is flexible around routes and weather, explains routes and difficulties fully beforehand, and is naturally easy to talk to. I can't think of any way she could have improved things further.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
I came by train, arranging tickets and route myself. Everything was straightforward, and I recommend it so long as you give it plenty of time. I was surprised how high the mountains were - up to 6,000' - but then I'd never been to Italy. As we started the walks fairly high up, it was still easy to get to the ridges. But waterproofs and some warm clothing were really necessary at times.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I really liked Braccicorti, where we stayed. It's extremely comfortable without being like a hotel (I feel uncomfortable in hotels, they never feel like a home). And the Italian family who run it are extremely welcoming and friendly. I liked that we could make up our own packed lunches from a selection of foods.