Well, it was not quite to the top of the world,but at 2200 metres, Monte Baldo on Lake Garda is pretty high. It looms over the commune of Malcesine, not too far from Riva del Garda. The mountain top can be reached by not one, but two, very steep cable car rides.
According to Wiki –
Behind Malcesine rises the 2,218 m (7,277 ft) high Monte Baldo. A two-stage cable car ride—the second leg using one with rotating cabins—takes passengers to 1,750 m (5,741 ft) above sea level. From there the highest point can be accessed by walking a few kilometres to the south along the ridge.
On our trip in the cable car, which held about 40 or 50 people each trip, there were many young people carrying very large rucksacks. It was only when we got off the second car and climbed the few hundred metres to the summit that we realised what these rucksacks contained. Yes indeed, these were the brave people who were taking a short cut back down…by paragliding! They were brave because if they ‘overshot’ the landing on the way down they would end up in the lake!
So many other things were going on at the top, and along with a very small church and a few restaurants there were some llamas, sheep and goats, people lying in the sun, having picnics, watching the para gliders getting ready, strolling around, and generally enjoying the view from the top. There was even some patches of snow to be seen around the shaded side of the mountain.
It was a fabulous way to spend a sunny day in Italy.