Our gps routed us through the country side with out taking us on the autostada. Curvy hill roads; the kind without quite enough room to fit a bus and a car side by side. Weaving our way around hairpin corners and switch backs proved to quite the forte of the little audi a1 we rented in Bolzano. I found it hard to keep my eyes on the road and away from the most beautiful hillsides that i had ever imagined or seen. Deep green velour led gradually ever steeper. So green, interspersed with alpine houses and healthy pine forests until at the upper reaches straight up grey granite and limestone cliffs pushed to the snow level and brushed the lightly wind swept marshmallow clouds. We came here to hike and bike. If you enjoy either of these sports you will be in heaven We stayed at Hotel Diana in the small town of La Villa and ate in the hotel every night. Right down the road is a bike shop called breakout sports and they rent high end road and mountain bikes.