One last conference took me to Turin, in the North of Italy. It is a regal city, with spacious squares, pompous palaces and endless porticos.
Piazza San Carlo
Tacky neon lights, but an excellent restaurant
Piazza San Carlo at nightfall
After the two day conference in Turin, Kobe and I spent a day in Belaggio at the Lago di Como, a beautiful lake in the pre-Alpes, not far from the Swiss border. Outside of the tiny tourist center, peaceful cobble stone streets open to beautiful views of the mountains and the lake.
Finally, we also spent a rainy day strolling around Milan
Note the street sign: Piazza Belgioioso - we think it sounds like a contraction of 'Belgian' and 'joyful'!