Lake Maggiore stretches across in the West part of the Italian lake district between Milan and the Northern boarder with Switzerland. While the land at the South of the lakes is mostly flat, as they stretch and wind North the surrounding landscape grows increasingly alpine. This adventure saw the team exploring two bouldering areas that lay between between Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta where they are separated by alpine foothills. The elevation is far from extreme at 1,500m but if the number of chairlifts is to be believed then in the winter months they area caters to a reasonable volume of skiers and snowboarders. The shores of the lakes are dotted with sleepy towns that seemed to be hibernating in the chilly November but might well be expected to wake up in the summer and cater to hoards of tourists looking to enjoy the scenic surrounds for a holiday. It was in in Belgirate, one of the smallest of these like side villages, that we found our accommodation and slept in a high ceilinged old villa with views either over the lake or inwards to a tiered courtyard garden.