I spent three and a half weeks this spring in Premana, Italy, a small village at the end of the Valvarone Valley. It’s nestled in the Prealps just east of Lake Como, and is home to CAMP, a generations old family-run Italian climbing and technical adventure gear company that you may have seen in some of my other posts. It is also home to great traditions and wonderful people, a place where it is awe-inspiring to wander the streets cobblestone streets and mountain paths in the sunshine and rain.
Venice is one of my favorite places on earth to explore and get lost. Far from the swarms of people, you find cats bathing in the sun on cobblestone, laundry strung along the canals like a work of art, accordion players leaning on old church walls, lost in the music. Here are a few photos from my recent trip, along with a couple “oldies but goodies” from past travels in the floating city.
Two days is not enough time to spend in Rome (and visit Vatican City), but it is enough time to be drawn into amazement at the art and beauty.
I just returned from the beautiful five-town Cinque Terre hiking area near the Ligurian Sea. Here are a few of my favorite shots of the vibrant Italian coast.