Walking in Tuscany
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Probably the ascent of out summit on the first day, with fabulous views of mountains, chestnut forests, marble quarries and the coast. But every day was different and they were all good in their own ways.
What did you think of your group leader?
Brilliant. Sara is very experienced, very knowledgeable, and very keen that we were all looked after, all having a good time, and being given any information we asked for about anything at all. Our weather wasn't always great but she was always prepared with a variety of suggestions and ideas as to what we could do, while giving us as much choice as she reasonably could. I can't imagine how anyone could know an area, it's people and wildlife better than she does, or put more time and energy into looking after both us and the environment. She also went out if her way to make sure that being gluten- free was never a problem for me.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Yes - read the trip notes and consider the weather! We took waterproofs and good walking boots while not particularly expecting to need them, and very much did! The walks we did were varied and some fairly low-level, but in a mountainous area the weather is always a factor ( though Sara was well- equipped with alternate and enjoyable bad- weather plans). Also some of the terrain is fairly steep and uneven underfoot. I found walking poles absolutely invaluable, though some of our party really didn't, so my advice would be to go with what generally works for you. Oh, and the free day ( which in my case was very much needed) - all of our group went to Lucca, ( for which we were given maps, train times etc by Sara) and I think it was a good decision - not too far to travel and a really attractive and surprisingly quiet town.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
A really enjoyable trip! Not particularly relaxing; there were times when a bit of time to chill would have been good. But an excellent variety of different walks, plus some sightseeing, a really lovely comfortable place to stay with warm, welcoming people, fabulous food and plenty of wine. And all in a beautiful, unspoilt area of hills, forests and attractive villages.