The top of the trip (in metres above sea level) was the crossing of the Splügen pass. On my way there, I avoided Milan and passed through the valley of several the lakes: Lago di Garlati as the appetizer, Lago di Como as the main course and Lago di Mezzola as the dessert.
The following climb was a fair one, from 200 m by the lake to 2115 m in the pass. But it paid off: the way up leads through serpentines cut into a steep mountain side, overlooking the valley below and the peaks around. And just below the top is the lake of Montespluga – I would not not put together a fitting description of the surroundings, so find instead a few pictures below.
On the other side of the pass was alreay awaiting just a long, pleasant ride down the green, tidy Swiss valley to the Rhine, then to Sargans and from there home by train.
Arrivederci, bella Italia.