We have been back in Monforte now for more than a week and have settled into the routine – T at school; Jo and I have started Italian classes (more on that later); coffee in the piazza, and excursions to explore new towns.
It is really ‘routine’ in the best possible sense, in that we are beginning to settle into living the Italian village life – the vegetable stallholder at the Monday market now recognises us and throws in a bunch of parsley, the lady at the Pasticceria is keeping close tabs on the progress of T’s Italian and our fantastic neighbours have just dropped over some freshly poached pears for us to try!
However, if I don’t complete the post from Lago d’Orta, knowing how way leads onto way, I doubt I shall come back (paraphrasing my favourite poet, Robert Frost). As you may have gathered, we thought Lago d’Orta and the surrounding areas were superb and there were many standout day trip destinations.
But, in the interests of time and space, we thought we would give a whistlestop pictorial tour of our top three spots for those of you that might venture to these parts one day (or those that would like a vicarious visit). Continue reading