As we make our way north, it's time to say goodbye to our Italian "home-away-from-home" on Lago di Garda. Contrary to our trip down the Reschen Pass at the start of our tour, we will return via the Brenner Pass located just to the east. Enjoy a day of sightseeing as we pass by castle ruins, quaint Alpine villages, and idyllic farms with cattle roaming the staggering mountain meadows. Shortly before crossing the Italian-Austrian border we will visit the commanding Franzenfestung Fortress. Finished in 1838, the fortress constructed of granite was considered to be impenetrable during WWI, forcing much of the fierce fighting to take place in the surrounding mountains. Discover the history of the fortress during a tour of its recently opened museum. Following our visit, we will make a stop at the historic Old Town in Vipitino before departing for Garmisch-Partenkirchen.