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Day 3 Cortina d'Ampezzo
Today we will be travelling "The Great Dolomite Road", rated as one of the most scenic drives in the world.
In this part if Italy we have noticed that all place names and signs are in Italian and German. In fact, the whole area looks more like Switzerland and Austria than Italy. Called by the locals as Süd Tirol and by the Italians as Alto Adige, this area was annexed by Italy after the Great War of 1914/18. To be honest, it still seems to ...
... biglietti, remember?), we find we are stuck in a traffic jam. There’s no way out and we move forward inch by inch. Looking to the right we find traffic on the old highway zipping past. When we finally arrive at the next exit we vote if we should stay on the motorway, or take the old SS12. By one vote we decide to exit. A fortunate decision, as we see the queue go on and on all the way to Trento.
We have lost a lot of time in the traffic, and its now ...
... it eventually and set out to the North end of lake Garda to Riva Del Garda, another delightful town steeped in history, some of which we learnt about in the museum in the old fort in the harbour as well as viewing a photography exhibition of landscapes of Garda from the 1800's before setting off for our next port of call, Castelrotto in the foot hills of the dolomite mountains, once again thanks to expert guidance from K8 ...
Today's tour was to Bolzano, close to the Austrian border. We arrived there late in the morning, stopping for a quick espresso at a truck stop - it's hard to get used to doing things the Italian Way when you have to pay for what you want first, then go and join the queue to get served! So simply getting a coffee takes quite a while, especially when the Italians are prone to barging in front of anyone! Bolzano is nestled in ...
... it was no problem and we romped over there with no trouble at all, and even the snow had largely gone apart from small drifts on the verges.
A trouble free short run of about 150 km and we ended up at a camp in a little town called Leifers or Laives depending on the map you are reading - amazingly, this part of Tyrol only had its autonomy established as recently as 11 June 1992, and after plowing through the ...