Valrovina

I arrived in Valrovina in the middle of a massive thunderstorm. After two weeks of one of Europe’s greatest heat waves, it was definitely time for some cooling off. Being unable to drive during the middle of the storm was, to be honest, a bit unexpected but four hours of driving on the Italian autoroute meant that it was definitely time for a break. Just wasn’t expecting the break to be exactly four minutes from my destination.

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The village of Valrovina is small and set in the foothills of the Alps. It is pretty damn steep also – the drive from the centre of the village up to my Airbnb apartment was pretty hairy. My host met me in the centre of the village and drove as fast as her VW Golf GT would get her up the slopes. In my mighty steed of a Skoda Octavia estate (my “middle aged dad-mobile”), I had to take it a bit slower! The Skoda is definitely excellent for what I need it to be in carrying all my gear for months at a time and cruising on long driving days, but it is definitely not suited to racing up steep single track with hair pin bends…

I came to Valrovina as part of my trip around the Alps. I’ve seen Chamonix, seen the Aosta valley and was in the process of travelling towards the Austrian Alps. Valrovina looked like an ideal spot to rest for a week and the apartment I’d found was set high on the hills above the village with a fantastic view across the valley – hopefully perfect for the Perseides meteor shower which was due to peak during the weekend of my stay here. 

I’m definitely planning on what I call “Lazy Astrophotography”.  This means setting my tripods up directly outside my apartment, getting the composition and settings dialed in around sunset, a large glass of Italian wine as the sun sets, then starting the intervalometers to run, maybe another glass of wine, check everything is running and then retire to let the cameras do their thing until the batteries die out. Fingers crossed for cloudless nights…