On Sunday we decided to take a day trip to Asiago. The reasons were twofold.
1. CHEEEEESE. Duh.
2. It is 20 degrees cooler up in the mountains. Yes, please.
We'd also heard about a cute little park called Gnome Village and we thought the girls would enjoy it so we got in the car and headed up the mountain. It's about an hour away.
NOTE: If you drive to Asiago make sure to take Dramamine with you. The switchbacks are pretty brutal and I always have one or two girls with a white face and a tummyache.
The first thing on our itinerary was Gnome Village. Or in Italian...Villagio degli Gnomi.
In short? It was adorable. I don't know how much fun it would be for anyone much older than Harper's age, but the girls loved it.
We hiked through the woods for a bit. There were balance games and mini adventures along the way. At the end of the hike we found the gnome village.
The scenery was magical. It reminded me of the PNW (we lived in Washington State years ago.)
These little houses were so cute. One had a troll trap around it, one had smoke billowing out of the roof...
And according to the girls, the best ones were the homes that talked to you. Seriously. There's a dude hanging out in an office somewhere with a microphone and he talks back to kids all day. Bahaha!
You should have seen Cate and Lucy's eyes when he said Ciao and asked their names. Good thing they know Italian!
Cate! Lucy! SIAMO GEMELLE!!! (Cate, Lucy, we are twins!)
After we explored the village, we drove through some beautiful countryside (see all the cows everywhere?) to find Mom and Dad's magical village...a cheese factory!!!
We stopped in at Caseificio Pennar and spent some time sampling cheeses and decision making. And it was NOT an easy decision to make! We ended up with some fresh milk, butter, and a big ole wedge of traditional Asiago.
The guys there are so friendly and helpful...they were concerned about me being pregnant and waved me away from the cheeses I shouldn't be eating.
You need to know some Italian to visit here, no one really speaks English. I know you can call ahead and schedule tours, too.
After the cheeeeeese we just walked around and explored Asiago.
All in all it was a perfect day trip. Nice and cool, beautiful scenery, gnomes, and amazing cheese.
What more could a girl want?? :)