Yet again Lyn turned her hand to travel consultancy and turned out a fantastic holiday for us both.
We began the Italian leg of the holiday in Turin. Arrived at around 11:00pm then up and off at 7:00am the next morning (what jet lag?). Here we took in a number of cathedrals, Egyptian museum (best outside of Cairo), Mole Antonelliana and of course the Shroud of Turin (only the copy).
From Turin we travelled to Aosta and the start of our first walk. This area of Italy is next to the Swiss border. Food, language and buildings in this region are different to the other areas where we have travelled in Italy such as Tuscany, Umbria and Amalfi.
From Aosta we travelled by train to our next walk in Piemonte, known as little Tuscany without the crowds. We began our adventure in Alba the Slow Food Capital of Italy also where Ferrero Rocher and Nutella are made. The next day we were driven to our start point for the walk. This was more like the terrain we were both used to, walking through vineyards and hazelnut groves. Food and wine in this region is second to none. Love to return there one day.
After our walks it was time to relax a bit so we left Piemonte and travelled to Florence (one of my favourite cities). Yet again Lyn had excelled herself in organising this section of the holiday. Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore & Brunelleschi's Dome, trip on the Arno River at sunset, Tuscan meal in a Florentine house, Uffizi Gallery & corridors and finally back to the Florence Accademia to see Michelangelo's statue of David.
From Florence it was off to Rome for the final leg of the journey. One thing I have to say is that we could certainly learn a lot for the Italian Rail system. Trains leave and arrive on time and the speed trains (300km/hr) that operate between the cities take some beating.
Well that's a summary of the trip. Better start planning for the next one - back to Wales and Scotland.
Paul and Lyn Davies