After crossing the Cols from France into Italy (http://piecemealadventurer.com/2022/09/06/three-col-passes-to-italy/) I headed south to the Mediterranean coast and then east to Tuscany as I had a little time before I wanted to be at Lake Como.
From Savona to Lavante the road winds from coastal Mediterranean and over the headlands and through the sprawling city of Genova.
How lucky was I when this lovely young Swiss couple couple asked my to join them for dinner in Trigosa.
Next day it was a long ride along the coast to Tuscany and the village of Altopascio.
Murals around the town mark that the village is a stop on the pilgrim trail with many walkers in the village.
A day in Florence gave me a taste of the beautiful city and a plan to return.
Over the mountains from Altopascio is the other iconic city of Bologna. Famous for inventing Bolognese sauce, lasagne and mortadella so a city famous for its food and for its porticos.
Bologna is on of the oldest cities in Europe and home to Europe’s first university. In many ways Bologna is still a university city.
But it’s history shows through with Roman artefacts all around like this statue in the corner of the entrance to the University Law School.
And of course Bologna is the home of Ducati. The other great Marque in the north of Italy.
From Tuscany it was a pleasant day ride over the mountains to Lake Como
And the story from Lake Como you have already read.