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What a fantastic week! Stunning scenery, a great variety of walks, a lovely place to stay, good food and tremendous company. Oh, and the weather put on a big smile for us too (apart from the last day) and possibly the best guide in the business. It really would be difficult to think of a way of beating it.
Monte Prado and Monte Sumbra were good to 'bag' but walking some of the ridges and through the beautiful forests added a different dimension as did exploring some of the local settlements on the valley day. The Golden Eagles on the first day, Alpine Choughs on the second and the Fire Salamander later in the week were pretty good too.
What brought it all together was the way the group gelled, good banter, a few 'wind ups', people looking out for each other and a very relaxed atmosphere, a perfect combination for a great trip.
No one thing. The overall experience of the mountains, the group and our guide made the whole package an inspirational experience - that sounds a bit over the top but it is how it was on this trip.
Exceptional and brilliant. Sara Bull is undoubtedly the best guide I have met. Her huge experience of and passion for mountains, adventure, the local area and people together with her enthusiastic sharing of these with the group added considerably to what was provided by the natural environment of the Garfagnana region, and the team at Braccicorti. She made time for everybody and did far more for us than could or should be reasonably expected of any group leader. Her assistant, Elvis the dog, was also a star. Whilst on the hill she adjusted things to cater for the needs of both the group as a whole and individuals at the same time. When faced with decisions forced by changing weather conditions she was decisive but also took time to explain her decisions. Knowing that Sara was guiding would be a significant factor in deciding on the next trip.
Our group was great and everybody was more than capable of completing the walks but do look carefully at the trip notes about distances and terrain.
This was one of those trips where everything came together in near perfect alignment, which means that it is now the benchmark by which subsequent trips will be judged and they are going to have to go some to come out on top. A huge thank you to everybody involved.
I had never been on an organised holiday before and I really enjoyed myself. The other people on the trip were great fun and we really gelled as a group. I got to see some fabulous scenery and villages around Tuscany, which I would I have missed had I travelled under my own steam. The food and the accommodation were also first class. I thoroughly recommend this trip.
I have quite a severe fear of heights but with the robust good sense of Sarah the guide, and the warmth and good humour of other people on the trip, I managed to scramble to the top of one of the highest peaks in the Garfagnana, and it felt really empowering.
Sarah Bull the guide (and her canine assistant, the inimitable Elvis) were amazing. Sarah is so knowledgeable about the Garfagnana and an extremely experienced walker/climber/international adventuress. I felt privileged to have met her.
Just book something with Exodus. I would be astonished if you did not enjoy it.
This is our 3rd walking & trekking trip with Exodus and what a fabulous trip it was. Staying in the beautiful family run Braccicorti Lodge, drinking their home made Grappa and chatting and laughing together as a group. We were 4 couples and 3 singles and everyone enjoyed each other's company. Some were faster than others but our guide ensured we operated as a group. My husband would have liked another week sitting by the swimming pool.
It is hard to pick out one inspirational moment but getting to the top of the hills each day felt great every time.
Sara Bull was absolutely fabulous. Her knowledge and passion for the local area was a joy to behold. She looked after us quite beautifully, making sure the walks were carefully paced, that we were properly equipped and topping up our energy levels with biscuits and sweeties she carried in her Mary Poppins bag. We would definitely look to be guided by her again and another couple were on their 3rd trip guided by Sara. I'm sure it was Sara that ensured the English passion for cups of tea was catered for in Braccicorti.
Read the trip notes carefully - this is Northern Tuscany and hilly.
I wish I could book another trip immediately.
If you are used to walking with trekking poles then you can take them with you, as you will probably find them useful, especially on the downhill. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference but do remember to pack them as part of your main luggage to be stowed in the hold.
Anna Faulder - Marketing
At Braccicorti, the Giovanetti family believes in producing authentic Tuscan cuisine that is simple, yet packed full of flavour. Using seasonal ingredients, such as the 16th Century staple grain Farro and the abundant sweet chestnut, delicious recipes are produced for you to enjoy. Although, traditionally, Italians believe in quality over quantity, at Braccicorti our hosts believe that when something is so good, there should be plenty to satisfy your healthy appetite and the family enjoys nothing more than seeing you enjoy their creations!
Sara Nieddu - Customer Operations
The start hotel is approximately 1.5 – 2 hours drive from Pisa Airport and, if you decide to grab a taxi, the cost will be approximately 160 Euros. It is also possible to reach the start point using public transport. There are many trains from Pisa airport to Lucca, from where you should change and take a train to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, (approx. cost €5). A timetable of train times can be found on www.ferroviedellostato.it. Total journey time – 2.5 hours.
Stefania Aniello - Customer Operations
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