The crisis had improved dramatically in Europe by mid-June, making a trip to Italy possible. This time it was to go to a long-distance hike in Piedmont to the Grande Traversata delle Alpi (GTA). The GTA is a fairly unknown long-distance trail that crosses the Italian Alps on almost forgotten and centuries-old paths. Starting from the border with Switzerland to the Mediterranean Sea. The journey takes me from Germany through Switzerland over the Gotthart Pass. I could have also gone through the Gotthart tunnel, but there was enough time and a trip over a pass is always quite worth seeing. Further it went down the main ridge of the Alps again and finally along Lake Maggiore, where there is already a Mediterranean climate and palm trees grow in the middle of the mountains to my destination Forno in the Italian Piedmont.