2 independent reviews for Italian Alps hiking vacation

Reviews for Italian Alps hiking vacation

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review 21 Jul 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Very, very nice!!!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


review 18 Jul 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Refugio Tavecchia and the Valbiandino - great location with good walking in stunning scenery. Refugio brilliantly run by the Buzzoni family. very relaxed and the food was amazing. other than that the walks worked well given the fact that we are not regular walkers ( 1 adult and 2 teenage girls). Route instructions were clear and easy to follow with the help of the map provided. We saw very few people for most of the walk and no other non-Italians until we got back to the lake. Walks are a mix of forest and mountain with great views, options for more experienced hikers looked good with some flexibility and would be more challenging.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

non really, taxi to the cable car station on the first walking day made the start easier for us. Beware the Italian meals and don't eat all the primo piatti even if its amazing (thinking the Risotto at Refugio Tavecchia and Gigi's lasagne in Mezzaca) as there will be a lot more food to come and you will want to eat that too! We took basic UK walking gear. plenty of springs to fill up on water. Packed lunches were fine and we just took some extra snacks like mars bars and Haribos.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

yes, mainly on the first point. The Refugio was great as was the stay in Mezzaca. the B&B's were very local in 500 year old houses in older villages that did not receive tourists. Hospitality was excellent. most of what we spent during the trip went to small local businesses.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent. We speak no Italian, had never been to this area before, are not regular walkers and we had a really enjoyable time largely away from the tourists.

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