Merano was so nice we could have stayed longer, but Bormio is waiting.
Riding out of Merano we passed through Marling with a stunning view back into the valley, onto Lana and through the Passo Di Palado (1512m), fantastic sweeping bends, lots of bikes so we know we are on the right road.
Continuing on through we were treated to glorious sunshine, vineyards & orchards on the cliff edges and of course, snow capped alps in the background
At the Passo di Tonale (1884m) we were quite intrigued by the High-rise buildings - why ??????
Turning toward Bormio at the Ponti Di Legno the twisty and very thin road wound its way up the Passo di Gavia (2652m) , another JH recommendation. We were quite lucky as the traffic was very light on our way up.
And of course another sticker -
Arriving in Bormio early afternoon allowed us time to investigate the town, really old and quaint with tiny alley-ways and very old buildings.
Fascinating to see how much Copper is used in building construction - gutters/ downpipes etc. Very extravagant by Australian standards.
We spent quite some time relaxing in the Piazza Cavor, beneath the centuries old Town Bell tower, enjoying a glass of wine/beer and watching the world go by.
Andy & Cherry arrived late afternoon, followed by Lin & Prue from a different direction. Unbelievable to think we are all from Port Macquarie and have now met up in Bormio, Northern Italy, and will be riding together here for a few days.