Walking in Puglia & Basilicata

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

After we arrived on Saturday, we went from Alberobello to Noci for the New Wine Festival, held on the streets of the town. I really liked being part of the crowded streets, trying the wine, craft beer, roasted chestnuts (a feature of the festival) and great food from all the stalls laid out. Bands were playing and there was street entertainment, like performers doing fire eating! The local people are really friendly and I enjoyed being part of a genuine, event.

What did you think of your group leader?

Marinella is very good. She helped us with the language and explained the local food dishes to us. She kept the itinerary rolling and got us out of scrapes, where we did not quite know what we were doing! She was very diligent in organising our trip.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

This is a really good Autumn trip. Really relaxing and warm, when the UK gets cold and wet. The walking is easy but inspiring through crossing olive groves, vineyards, and amongst the trulli (cone roofed houses) of the region. It is on this basis, it should be booked.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Some of the best food and drink I have had on a holiday - great fish dishes by the Adriatic sea, local pasta specilaities, Primitivo wine. Matera, in Basilicata where we finished up, is definitely a town on the up, voted European City of Culture for 2019, built around a gorge with many cave and cave like dwellings.