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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 ...
... Maranza, located high in the Alps.
The Italian motorways are very efficient, though somewhat expensive by our standards. Cesar gets us into the city centre of Verona and we park in an underground car park, hoping that no one will notice that the car is filled with luggage.
We start off on Rick Steve's recommended walking tour, but we enjoy stopping and staring along the way. British, German, Japanese groups rush by hoping to see all that Verona has to ...
... Maria ! It seems we have arrived in town at the start of a festival which means restaurants are very busy but we were lucky enough to see a free band concert in a square last night which was our second free concert in Italy so far. More walks today, lower level through woods, by a couple of lakes and even took in a waterfall ! All very beautiful and quiet accompanied by the odd sound of distant cuckoos and church bells. ...
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 ...
We left Innsbruck on....umm...what's today..? ...I think it's Saturday 23rd, so it must have been Friday 22nd I think.
We have been trying to stay ahead of the rear-guard onslaught from a horde of German holiday-makers who began their holidays yesterday afternoon, amid a national train strike....
Anyway, we headed out over the Brenner Pass after checking to see that it was open as they had closed it due to snow 2days ...