Crossing the Plains of Lombardy and the famous River Po
Why famous you ask? Well I remember it from school geography lessons and it sure is a big river. Famous because its at the heart of the brilliantly productive plains of Lombardy. Here lies the key as to why Northern Italy is more wealthy than Southern Italy.
After leaving Genoa we basically drove up from the Mediterranean coast and onto the Lombardy Plain, then across it of course to Como, at the foot of the Dolmites. (Italian Alps). For all the geography enthusiasts, the map below gives a good context.
On our way we crossed the Po.
We also visited the old town of Pavia. Pavia is famous for its covered bridge that dates back to the 14C. The old bridge was severely damaged in WWII and rebuilt in 1949.
It was a pretty straight forward drive with the Italian Alps getting closer and closer. The driving to Como was on Autostrada type roads. Our car is very economical, about 5l per 100km, giving us a range of well over 1000 kms! Fuel is around €1.30 pl. Our major expense when travelling are the tolls for the highways. We seeem to be constantly feeding the credit card into a robotic toll collection machine. You are successful when a) you get you card back, b) you hear arriveverderci and c) the bar lifts to allow you on your way.
After Como the driving was exciting. A very narrow and busy road, and often difficult to pass oncoming traffic, especially larger vehicles like buses and trucks!
Our accommodation was right on the lakefront at Lezzeno, 22 kms from Como. Villa Bellagio. Bellagio, a glitzy tourist mecca is some 10 kms further on. Our home for 7 days.
Some more photos from our balcony, around the lake and Bellagio.
One of the unintended outcomes of being in this spot is the degree of difficulty getting around. The narrow roads are often crowded and are no encouragement to cruise about. Yesterday we went into Como by boat, one of these.
We then went on a cable car to get a birds eye view and, to our surprise we had to climb another 250 metres. Here's a photo of Jill at the top, fresh as a daisy as you can see.
Some more photos around the lake, ps the Villa may belong to George C.
Today is Friday and this afternoon we are taking the car to the other side of the Lake, by ferry and tomorrow we are going to Brescia