During my cycling trip in North Italy, I visited Schio, a little town at the foot of the Alps. Since I'd never heard about it before, I didn't know what to expect. But it left me speechless. Stone paved streets, old style houses, little coffee shops, and mountains in the background are a combination for perfect relaxation.
If you want to take advantage of being so close to the Alps, Strada delle 52 Galerie (the 52 tunnels trail) is a great way to spend a day and learn about history. It is a mountain path cut into Monte Pasubio in the Dolomites. It was built in 1916 by Italian mountain troops and teams of miners as a solution how to bring supplies to Italian army.
Each tunnel is numbered and there are boards giving you information (such as length of the tunnels) for the next few tunnels. The longest tunnel is over 300m long. But mostly they are short, from 40m to 90m. Still, a good torch is necessary because of long lines of tunnels where it is pitch black. About 2/3 of the path is open and cut into the side of the mountain, so you will have amazing views on the valley.
After approximately 40th tunnel you will be in a cloud, but on the end of the trail is a refuge where you can get warm beverages and food.
Strada delle 52 Galerie is a good way to ask yourself how did they bring that canon all the way up the mountain :)
And after a day spent in nature, you know that a magical Schio is waiting for you. Oh, and did I tell you that Lago di Garda is near?