Walking on Matera and Puglia

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The history and sights of Matera. The architecture of Lecce, which some of us did on our free day, was sumptuous. The feast at the farmhouse we went to on our last night was fit for a king!

What did you think of your group leader?

Our guide Giussepe was superb: he gave us loads of information about the places we visited, was an excellent leader of our walks, provided fabulous picnics and recommended or took us to great places to eat. He was very caring of every member of the group, was always cheerful and displayed a really good sense of humour. A first class guide, with only the occasional and slight lapse in correct information about the nature of the walks on some days

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

The walking was not always gentle and could be especially difficult in the heat, so perhaps not a good idea to go in the height of the summer. Take a walking pole or stick, as this proved necessary for some ascents or descents