This is a slightly more personal post than usual, not that I'm sharing anything deep, just a few snaps from my recent holiday to Italy with my boyfriend Joe, or The Man as I usually call him.
We stayed in a beautiful apartment overlooking Lake Orta (we booked it from this local website, which I'd really recommend if you're looking for lovely apartments in Italy) and we were both set on a week of relaxation, eating a little too much and sampling as much local cheese and wine as physically possible. But, seeing as we like a challenge, on one of the days we decided to climb a mountain. As you do.
We ventured over to one of the larger lakes in Italy not too far away from Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore and the town of Stresa to climb Mount Mottarone. Apparently the more sensible people take the cable car to the top and walk down the mountain, we decided to walk up and get the cable car down instead. Mavericks. Described as an 'easy route suitable for tourists and climbers' we expected it to be rather pleasant, it's definitely not suitable for any old tourist, you need at least a good level of fitness to get to the top! The climb takes four hours and the ascent is nearly a mile and a half in total, with one delightful 45 minutes of constant steep climb, joy. But by the time we reached the top, enjoyed the view and swiftly found a cold pint to celebrate, the pain of the climb had gone and we were rather delighted with ourselves!
I wore my new Nike running tights and trusty Nike Free 5.0 Trainers from JD Sports, Eastpak backpack and Monki burgundy top, because I'm all about the A/W shades whatever the weather or occasion. Please excuse my silly, sweaty face in the photos above, I've never climbed a mountain before so I was pretty excited!
I'd really recommend a little adventure around the Italian lakes, and if you happen to have a spare four hours and like a bit of a challenge, definitely give Mount Mottarone a go, the views are absolutely incredible! You can see multiple lakes, Switzerland and the alps, so worth the climb. Or just get the cable car which is around 12 Euros, not too bad for views that good.