Walking boots in the heel of Italy

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Meeting a sprightly ninety year old gathering wild asparagus.

What did you think of your group leader?

Marinella is passionate about her region of Italy and her enthusiasm is infectious. She works very hard to accommodate the different interests and requirements of each group member and has a good- humoured, practical and flexible approach. Her suggestions for our free time were spot on. Ten out of ten.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

I found walking boots very helpful as the ground is often stoney although there is little ascent on several of the walks. The steps (there are a lot) and streets in Matera would be lethal in the rain. Definitely visit Monopoli on your free day if you get the chance - It's a perfect half day trip from Alberobello. The whole group really enjoyed the optional visit to a dairy farm and very generous home-cooked meal The famous facade of the cathedral in Lecce is completely obscured by scaffolding.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The included meal at the farmhouse halfway through the week was rather disappointing although the pasta was delicious.