Monday, September 19, 2011
I drove off the ferry and onto Mussolini's 'Ponte Littorio' which, since 1933, has been the only road link over the lagoon between Venice and the mainland. Heading west towards Milan, I passed by many interesting towns and cities worthy of my time; Padua, Vicenza, Verona, Mantua.
Because I decided, on this occasion, to ignore the undoubted charms of these places I was at Milan far earlier than I had expected so chose to press on further. Beyond Turin the motorway runs through more scenic country than hitherto and it began to rise towards the Alps. By late afternoon I had reached the entrance to the tunnel that would take me through the mountain and bring me, within half an hour, into France.