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"I absolutely loved this experience. I loved the directions and maps, which felt like an elaborate scavenger hunt. I trusted that there was support should I need it because the UK office and the local support were so available. Every view and vista was as breathtaking as the last. I also really appreciate the little jokes at some moments where things were confusing or seemingly the wrong direction.... to know someone had been there before and noticed the same things." Oct '13
"We're just back from our walking trip to Tuscany and want to let you know how enjoyable it was. Everything went flawlessly including the baggage moving and our own transfers. We particularly enjoyed the nice mix of accommodation that was chosen, all of it excellent. Especially the Pieve a Salti, where they could not have been more welcoming (despite the fact that we arrived covered in mud after a downpour). We couldn't fault your detailed walking instructions and never went wrong once." Oct '13
"The Blue Booklet was very helpful and we were pleased with the historical information and commentary. Thank you.We tried almost all of your restaurant suggestions ( excellent) except that we ate at Il Giolio both nights because the food was really extraordinary there. We went to the Enoteca la Fortezza for the heavenly Brunello tasting and a wonderful conversation with one of the young men. We took our poles and didn't need them but in rain we might have been happy to have them. The one rainy day we took a ride with the luggage.
"We were given a tip by Elisa (Antica Residenza) in Siena to go to the Archivio di Stato Museo delle Biccherne. It was especially interesting to us because my husband is an Historian and he loved seeing the old documents and we both loved the fabulous display they have of the Biccherne. One of the employees of the archive gave us a private tour of the display they have and before we left she had given us two books which we had asked her about but had no expectations of a gift. We also noticed how well the whole book was written.
"We loved the walking and the accuracy of the notes. The people in the hotels that we met were wonderful hosts and talked to us at great length. We speak Italian and were delighted to be able to have as many conversations with almost everyone we met in the hotels and restaurants. You chose hotels for us that we might not have chosen for ourselves and we were delighted with your choices. We can't think of any improvements. It was simply wonderful!" Sep '13
"We loved - the walking, scenery, poking around Siena and the hilltop towns, food, wine, sunsets, the silence, colours and space of the Tuscan landscape, friendly Tuscan folk, weather, sense of achievement on reaching the top of Montalcino!" Sep '13
"Excellent friendly informative helpful service - like ringing up a friend. Loved the fact that we had very few decisions to make! The walks suited us really well, taxing enough to feel we had earned our beers and very interesting. Very much appreciated the nights with swimming pools and loved the quietness and lived in ness of the town we stayed in - very few tourists and we saw no other walkers with backpacks, a couple of strollers close to towns, and a handful of mountain bikers only. Such interesting countryside, wonderful wildflowers, very varied agriculture and trees - no birds, have they eaten them all?? Your organisation was impeccable, so no worries about whether the cases would be where we expected, and nearly everyone was very smiley and friendly. A great holiday , we'll be back somewhere in Europe with you!" June '13
"Things we liked most: the climate, the history and charm of the towns and hotels, the varied walking and spectacular views." Oct '12
"Always a pleasure to call On Foot!" Oct '12
"Your service was outstanding - very helpful, proactive, professional and friendly. I loved the variety in towns and countryside, the time of year (grapes on vines) and the food. I also loved the feeling of achievement having made it to each town. Unexpected things like the inaugural Harvest Festival ('Vendemmia') in Montalcino and the scarecrow installations around Montecchiello were wonderful too." Sept '12
Your staff have been friendly and helpful from the word go. Everything has been very professionally managed. The notes, maps (and map case) were great and I only needed to use my GPS a few times - once I missed a turn-off in a (the only) heavy shower but I ended up where I needed to be anyway (going from Pienza to Montecchiello)." Sept '12
"As you can see, there are two areas that the computer would not allow me to finish! We were very happy with our holiday. We had the feeling that you had 'done your homework'! This gave us confidence that all would be well." June '12
"We returned to Canada last night. We finished our walk on Friday. We had such a good time. We appreciated how varied the walking was and we had lots of fun trying to figure out the instructions. The actual places where we stayed were just incredibly beautiful. We always had good service. Le Terme was a real treat and we really enjoyed the thermal pools after that long day. The luggage was always there waiting for us! The daily instructions and the carrier that was supplied were perfect. All the details were looked after so all we had to do was enjoy the walk which we most certainly did. I will highly recommend your company to anyone wanting to do a walking tour. Thanks so much once again for providing such a wonderful trip for us! We also found all of our communications with you about the trip to be so very pleasant and we really appreciated that as well. May '12
"We found that the holiday was very well-organized and efficiently run. We appreciated the suggestions offered regarding the two extra days. We were able to attend two concerts that only occurred on those particular days. We were very happy with our holiday and liked the fact that you tried to keep us on paths as much as possible, although there were quite a few white roads. I was fine with this but my husband would have liked more paths and tracks. That being said, we had a great holiday! I have already given some people a strong recommendation to try an 'On Foot' holiday!" April '12
"We had a very comfortable night in Siena at the Hotel Villa Liberty, a convenient location for the centre of Siena, which gave us a marvellous opportunity to have a good look round. The following morning we met the very friendly, charming Guiseppe who took us and the bags to Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Fabulous, a perfect start to our walking holiday. The end of the walk, the final ascent to Pieve a Salti, I apologise to admit that I did use your name in vain. What a hill! But a huge relief when we reached the hotel and that magnificent panorama.
"Simon, I could go on day by day, but to condense it all, we have to say that the hotels were varied in character but all equally comfortable, welcoming and ideal for our needs. Though I must say that Meuble il Riccio in Montepulciano was very special - the most delightful owners and rather quirky hotel, just lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed the slightly different terrain, crossing the river, ascents and descents, churches, abbeys, gravel, mud, tarmac and boulders. Our bags were always waiting for us, thank you Guiseppe. The timings given suited us well, we arrived usually between half an hour to an hour before the expected times, which was reassuring enabling us to have plenty of time to explore our surroundings, and of course plenty of time to find a good 'watering hole'!" June 11
"I loved having the built-in structure which we could work around on our own schedule. It was so nice to arrive in each town at the end of the day and know exactly where we were staying and that it would be comfortable. I always felt that help was at hand should we have needed it. Truly, there's nothing I liked the least." May '11
"It's difficult to say how it could be improved as we enjoyed it so much. Obviously some bits were more pleasurable than others but, overall, it was a wonderful holiday. After Montalcino the scenery is really pastoral with the leaves turning on the trees & the vines. The Val d'Orcia is spectacular and we would like to do more walking there." Sep '10
"We are very satisfied with our holiday. Your service from the beginning to end (such as this questionnaire) is excellent and attentive to details which we very much appreciate. Your hotel selection (except for maybe the upgrade at Bagno Vignoni) was perfect. Every hotel being meticulously clean, charming and with a wonderful staff / owners." Aug '10
"Hi Simon, we were much more than broadly happy with the holiday. We rate it just below Andalucia as our favourite On Foot walk (so far). The taxi at 9:00am from Siena was a little early, especially on a short day but on the plus side we would have probably not gone into the abbey if we had set off at 10:00am, which would have been a real shame. Giovanni did phone the day before to check that the early pick up was ok with us. It was one of the many highlights of the walk.
Other highlights include: Pieve a Salti.. (don't know why - It just was). The first views of Sant Antimo in its valley setting, with the village towering above. Walking both ways to Sant Antimo and then back to Montalcino. We never tired of the views and it wasn't too hard either. Crossing the swollen river bed (filled our boots but good fun). The days walk from Montalcino to Bagno Vigoni. The sheer variety of scenery with only ourselves and butterflies for compnay. The setting of Bagno Vignoni and the days walk from there to Pienza.Sitting on the terrace with a couple of beers at the Piccolo.
The views on every single day, rainy ones included. Pienza. Not the mud on day 2 (although we had a good laugh about it). We have attached some photos over a couple of e-mails (the sky was bluer than it looks on some of them)." May '10
"The walking was excellent and varied and the locations for overnight were in interesting towns that we enjoyed exploring and helped to provide for a special experience. Cant think of any improvements! Guiseppe inspired confidence that we would always meet up with our luggage." May '09