The drive from Austria to Italy was about 8 hours, but was broken up nicely by the glorious landscape and a lovely lunch midway.
Our first view was of Innsbruck and the remaining ski jump from the 1976 Winter Olympics. Just south about 10 minutes, we stopped at an Autogrill just after crossing the Europabrucke. A lovely little chapel, Europakappelle, overlooked this tall bridge from above.
The remaining drive was filled with broad valleys of vineyards and fruit plantations, towering mountains (the Dolomites) and the Etsch River. Our first lunch, in Egna, was delightful, though we got our first taste of the southern heat which stayed with us for the next eight days.
See the pictures here.