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Post-hike we returned to the hotel for a shower and perhaps a quick nap, lunch and then onto my favourite part of the day: the massage! Invigorating and therapeutic, it’s like a strong hug to your aching muscles and you walk out floating – almost forgetting the pain of a few hours earlier.

There are also additional exercise classes in case you want to work yourself even harder. The strength core training class was fabulous, focusing on arms and abs and thankfully leaving your sore legs alone, followed by very gentle yoga stretches. 

The Ranch Italy at Palazzo Fiuggi

Courtesy of The Ranch Palazzo Fiuggi

You can of course add additional treatments to your schedule but I found the programme to be the perfect amount of activities.

At the end of the week, I was a convert. I felt lighter, stronger and more relaxed. They strongly encourage letting go and switching off which I highly recommend. I barely looked at my phone and my week was the better for it.

At the Ranch, you will push the boundaries of what you thought you could do. And the bonding spirit of the community is contagious. I met wonderful people from all over the world. Bottom line is, would I go again next year? 100 per cent. 

Healing Holidays ( 020 7529 8551) can arrange a 7-night programme from £7,599.00 per person sharing including transfers, full board accommodation and inclusions of the programme, including daily guided hikes