Back to Italy!

For 2013 we’ve come back to Northern Italy. It’s a place we both love. Frances has long harboured a desire to visit Verona, and I wanted to revisit the Dolomites through which I took a fleeting drive many years ago, … Continue reading

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in Italy 2013, Travel

From Bergamo to Verona

Day 3 Ghastly first hour driving from Bergamo to Breschia along the motorway, with heavy traffic, narrow lanes and roadworks frequently eliminating the minimal existing room for manoeuvre. We got off as soon as possible and drove gently towards Verona … Continue reading

Thursday, September 26, 2013 in Italy 2013, Travel

Through The Dolomites

Day 5 Our long drive to Cortina D’Ampezzo started with a gentle drive on the old road to Trento, most remarkable for the very erratic roadsigns showing remaining distance. Warning: the value of your roadsigns may go up as well … Continue reading

Friday, October 4, 2013 in Italy 2013, Travel

Finally, in the Mountains

Day 6 Started the day with a trip up to the high point above Cortina, Le Tofane at 3244m. Frances opted to stay at the cafe slightly lower, but I took the final cable car and then completed the final … Continue reading

Down to the Lakes

Day 7 A somewhat less exciting day dominated by the long drive down (well strictly up down up down down up down) from Cortina to Torbole on Lake Garda. Lunch at a tiny local pizzeria a mile off the main … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 in Italy 2013, Travel

The Lakes Get Posher

Day 9 Early start for long drive to Lake Como, which involves crossing another couple of mountains. Getting out of Riva Del Gardo complicated by one way system and tunnels, and we end up half way down western shore of … Continue reading

Sunday, October 13, 2013 in Italy 2013, Travel