Torino and the Bernina Express

Why visit Torino, a charming little town close to the Swiss border?  How about vineyards, apple farms, lakes, mountains, a beautiful cathedral, archaeological sites, cobbled streets and a train station from which you can board a single gauge train?  Are those reasons enough?

Enroute from Milan, we stopped at Orrido di Bellano, to view the gorge and waterfall,then headed to Varenna for lunch alongside Lake Como.  Dinner was in the wine cellar of a restored old Torino villa.

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The first two days were great and action packed, but the BEST day was the third, when we boarded the Bernina Express.  Theoretically, we could have ridden it all the way to St. Mortitz, but instead we disembarked in Diavolezza to take a cable car part way up the mountain to a terrace and restaurant.

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The view was spectacular from there, but some of us wanted an even better glimpse of the glacier, so off we went.   I was very glad I had packed my hiking boots, because  we had to get past a couple of icy patches to reach the summit.

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From left: me, Ellen, Julie and Elisa.  Can you figure out which one is the guide?

What a great place for a photo op!