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Just when we thought Venice was the most beautiful place we would visit in Italy, Varenna may have beaten it into second place. Neither of us can get our heads round the fact that we are actually seeing what's around us. The apartment is amazing and the views from the balcony alone are worth the trip. Claire has also befriended a blind cat so we keep having to think of excuses to go and see the lady so Claire can rub the cat.
First of all...all of this trip was made with the recomendations of this site "Mil„o nas Maos"!
1) Here to stay
we stay in Milan, for 1 and an half day, so we choose the hotel, based on the rate and location, so the ...
... route it goes across 196 bridges, through 55 tunnels and over the Bernina Pass at 2,253 metres above sea. It uses gradients of 7% to negotiate the difference in height of about 1800 meters from the summit to the Italian Tirano, using an intricated set of spirals and hairpin turns. The scenery changed from lush green meadows with grazing cows to Glaciers, right across our windows, and blue green mountain lakes down to terraced vineyards. ...
... snow covered mountains. Some of the viaducts were amazing to see. Large stone structures over rivers. The Solis Viaduct is 138 feet long and 300 feet above the Albula river. The Landwasser viaduct is 466 feet long. We went past St Moritz, the famous skiing location and eventually reached the highest point at Ospizio Bernina at 2,253 metres above sea level. Soon after that we stopped at Alp Grum for 20 minutes to get out and take photos. I took more photos ...
... and rhododendrons. It was built initially in 1745 and in 1843 was given as a wedding present (as you do) by the Princess of Prussia to her daughter Carlotta. The garden of 17 acres has steps, fountains and sculptures and we enjoyed a good 2 hours wandering around.
Our last ferry dropped us back to our town of Cernobbio and we trudged up the winding steep laneway to our apartment and a well earned dinner.