<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Matteo:
Absolutely right, Brian.
Passo Stelvio/Stifslerjoch has had a very good summer, skiwise.
Reports are that the glacier there has rebulit its reserves of snow..
BUT, that was last winter...such a superb
winter happens only once in some years
Italy is on the wrong side of the Alps,
most of the snow full clouds come from north,
north east and north-west and dump all their load in Switzerland, Austria and France.
To say it all, Northern Italy winters are mild, the Alps act as a natural barrier against the cold bad wind blowing down from the north pole...but this has its bad side
Fog, humidity, and as soon as spring comes (say end March) the mild air coming from the
"sea in the middle of the lands", melts the snow....
Still, I can't wait!
Dec 1st, come!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I was down in Florence a few weeks back, first time to Italy for me. Your cooking is fantastic and language is sweet (I must learn it one day, arm movements an all). If you get many more seasons like last season I might have to consider Sud Tirol.