The north end of Lake Garda is enclosed by mountains; the southern edge of the Alps, and on the east side by the Monte Baldo range. Fortunately there is a cable car from the lakeside to the top, into the snow at this time of the year.
As the snow recedes, a flush of crucuses (OK, croci) quickly takes its place, giving a carpet of thousands.
Glaciers covered the lower slopes in the last ice age, but the mountain tops remained uncovered, so ancient floral species were able to survive - the area is now a nature reserve because of this.
Gentians were starting to come through the warming soil (stemless and spring gentians?)...
The first orchids were starting show, the one below being - I think - a pale-flowered orchid.