To resume my posts about our week in Italy earlier this month, here is what we did on Friday, the day after the rainy Thursday.
The weather was still a little unsettled, as we could see when we opened the curtains in the morning:
breakfast, it already looked better, but we were still unsure about
going on a longer tour. We did not want to find ourselves in the middle
of heavy rainfall and/or a thunderstorm while hiking up and down a
mountain, now that we knew what the paths were like!
The top of Monte Giove, where we'd been on Tuesday, was shrouded in clouds, and so were many of the other mountains:
decided to take a walk we'd found on a leaflet at the hotel instead,
taking us directly from the hotel to the Orrido di Sant'Anna, a deep and
narrow river gorge with a church built on top of the rock.
Our hotel from the back and a view across Cannobio to the lake:
I seriously thought about buying this property. ("Si vende" means "for sale".) The real estate agency's advert would probably read like this: "Property with plenty of rustic charm with lake views, close to town center. You will love the airy space inside and the original features such as doors and windows!"
Walking on, past several small waterfalls and across becks swollen from yesterday's rain, the view across Cannobio changed:
This is the (locked) entrance to a spring where mineral water used to be bottled and sold in the last and next-to-last centuries:
Arriving at the gorge:
The church of Sant'Anna was locked, so we could only walk around and admire it from outside.
View from the church:
And from below:
The water of the river Cannobino is crystal clear here:
We leisurely walked back to town on the other side of the river, not the same path we had taken to get there. It was pleasant, neither too hot nor too chilly, with the sound of the water next to us all the time.
More of the last part of our walk in one of my next posts.