They are crops just like the others. They are planted in rows and are even age. Someday they will be harvested for wood or fiber and replanted.
Bicycles are such an important part of the Italian culture that every town has bike lanes next to the important thoroughfares. There are people from all walks in life on bikes, businessmen in suits, grandmas, construction workers, and of course, kids. But in one town we passed through today we saw something we have never seen before, a bicycle dedicated signal light!
The sign at the top means that the bike path is ending, not no bikes allowed. A point of some confusion for us the first time we saw one.
Towards the end of our day we began to wind our way into the hills, gently at first more steeply later. Hills and mountains really make more interesting scenery.
A combination of a poor nights sleep and perhaps a bit of dehydration began to wear us down short of our goal, Lago Garda. So when we saw a sign for an Agriturismo Bed and Breakfast 'Colombarola' we decided to see what it was all about. What a great decision! It is run by two brothers, Luca and Marco.
Marco runs the B&B, while Luca tends the vineyard ands makes some very fine wines. Their hospitality was unrivaled. They gave us a wine tasting and put up with all our questions about grape growing and the wines. Their web site is www.colombarola.com. We are assured of a quiet country night sleep, and tomorrow we will get to the Lago Garda early and will have the energy to find a good campground. We are very pleased that fate put 'Colombarola' in our path.