Me and Bobby the dog on our travels around Europe.
Italy, North and South
Just over the border into Italy via the Mont Blanc tunnel (13km long and 57€ toll) is the Aosta Valley, a beautiful area of impressive peaks and green valleys. A distinct roofing contrast from France where red pantiles are the norm, here they are usually very thick stones slates, making the houses look quite different and almost growing out of the mountainside in the well cared-for villages.
This has been a very interesting first visit to Italy. There is wonderful scenery and so many interesting sites to see. There seems to be yet another old town, with original tiny streets still in use, around every bend!
The only down side being the state of the roads, particularly in the north around Milan, where the traffic was also non-stop. The amount of litter can also be a problem, just dumped in every lay-by and parking spot. However, these are things to ignore, and I feel a return visit coming on!