The two snaps above were taken from the front porch of our holiday house. The mountains and snow were amazing to our Western Australian-ised eyes. Not really what first comes to mind when you think of Italy, is it?
Local fruit and veggies:
We shopped well, ate well, rested and played at the "beach" at the edge of the lake.
We probably wouldn't have thought to come and visit by ourselves, without the drawcard of good friends living nearby. And I wouldn't have imagined it could be so pleasant to stay in one comfy spot rather than zooming all over the countryside trying to see all the tourist sites (for example, we didn't go to Rome. Who flies all the way from Perth to Italy and doesn't go to Rome? People who want an excuse to come back again, I suppose!)