We left Desenzano by boat to go to the peninsula of Sirmione on another scorcher of a day. The air was lovely on the lake but once at Sirmione the heat hit us. So we made for the beach!
Unfortunately there was a triathlon taking place so the beach was taken up with swimmers & the noise of the woman commentating was unbelievable so I fairly quickly left.
Luckily it's a small peninsular so you can cross to the other side in a few minutes & get some peace.
I had a walk up one of the side streets to the church where I caught a Mass.
Afterwards I wandered further up the peninsula and you can see the Dolomites in the distance.
Then down toward the beach again.
As I walked down towards the town I saw this. When I read the plaque on the wall I saw it had been where Maria Callas had lived.
|Maria Callas' Villa|
Mind you I'd rather stay here given the chance. Problem is the gates are locked so I couldn't get in to take photos of the actual hotel but it looked gorgeous.
Villa Cortine Palace
On the road down into the town there were lovely trees in blossom
Lovely traditional shops & cobbled streets
All too soon we were heading back to Desenzano!
However it was a great speedboat ride back which most of us enjoyed, but not all!
Next stop Venezia!