Hemmed in a hilly countryside next to Pavia, the Oltrepò area offers a colourful scenery of luxuriant forests, vineyard hills and rural villages. Mostly shaped with medieval stone buildings such as castles and Romanesque churches, this villages pride themselves on their excellent wine productions and lute-making. The roman Via del Sale road offers an excellent path for excursions around the mysterious mellow hills that make part of the Apennine mountain range. On top of the hills, awe-inspiring views of the Padana Plain, the Ligurian Sea, the Gulf of Genoa, and the Alps amaze visitors. With unequalled traditional products, the villages of the Oltrepò welcome tourist with congeniality in a very picturesque setting.