Last night's storm (we just made it back in time) fizzled out by morning but there was still some concern about today's weather. And it turned out to be my favourite day yet.
First the cheese lesson. There are 2 types of cheese exclusive to this region. One side of the Po produces parmigiano reggiano and on the other is grana padano.
We stopped by the grana padano factory and, although we weren't allowed into the production area, had a look at the storage facility. 1000 litres of milk produces 2 cheeses (rounds). Each round is worth about 400 Euro and is purchased by speculators as soon as it's ready. We estimated about 30,000 cheeses in this one facility.
The next stop was a museum in the small village of Bergantino. In this village, in the 1920s, a couple of men decided that a good way to make money was to build amusement park rides where customers would have to pay up front. Today this village produces 80% of the world's carousels, ferris wheels, roller coasters, etc. The museum had a display of old mechanical musical instruments, such as the piano that also had a drum, cymbal, and various other percussion instruments, activated by a cylinder, much like a player piano.