At the end of First, Tell No Lies, Christof is gazing at the view of the Valltelina and the mountains beyond, saying it’s one of his favourites.
Want to see what he’s talking about? Here are some photos. It’s one of my favourite places in the world, too.
In the Denucci Deception novels, this place is where Christof has gone to most of his adult life when he needs to escape the city and noise of Naples and to reconnect with nature, but doesn’t want to be back at his cherry farm. It’s where he went for hiking trips and even his favourite adventure sports. It’s where he ‘hides’ after his dad dies and when he needs a weekend on his own.
This is the view from Christof’s window in his favourite bedroom.
He’s up at about 1,000m and you can see how the rolling hillsides of the valley get steeper. At this height it’s still possible to grow Italian vegetables, but there’s a much shorter growing season. Locals often need to run fires in their living areas by the end of August, whereas that time might be late October / early November at lower altitudes and as far south as his cherry farm.
There are steep hillsides behind this view – so steep that they make me freak out with vertigo, even if I’m a passenger and not the driver. But the countryside is incredible and the people are so friendly.
I have always been mesmerised by views where the birds are below you.
And I’d love to hear from you: where are your favourite mountain views? And where do you go to in your memories when you need that battery-recharging down-time?
And if you don’t yet know why he was gazing at the view and why this was such a freak-out-stressful time for him, you’ll need to read the final chapters of First, Tell No Lies to find out!