Sirmione, Italy

The harbor in LIzise, Italy

The harbor in LIzise, Italy

We had been relaxing and getting to know the streets and local places of Lizise for a few days, so we decided to take Friday and check out the town of Sirmione, a short 40 minute ferry ride from Lizise.  It was a nice day to be out on the water, as every day so far has been clear skies, sunny and very warm.

Approaching Sirmione on the ferry

Approaching Sirmione on the ferry

Sirmione is best known for its castle, but I will always remember it as the best pasta we have had so far this trip.  We walked through the crowded streets from the ferry pier, passing expensive shops and restaurants one after the other.  Teresa has a rule that we must get “off the beaten path” for meals, so we walked away from the main square and found a little cafe on a side street for lunch.  I had spaghetti with clams, and it was indeed the best pasta so far, really stellar, as was Teresa’s.

La Nuova Botte, the best spot in Sirmione for past

La Nuova Botte, the best spot in Sirmione for pasta

Ready for lunch

Ready for lunch

Salute!

Salute!

The best spaghetti with clams I have ever tasted

The best spaghetti with clams I have ever tasted

After lunch we toured the castle, the main attraction in town.

Sirmione castle

Sirmione castle

One view from the castle

One view from the castle

The main square and ferry dock from the top of the Sirmione castle

The main square and ferry dock from the top of the Sirmione castle

The local in-town beach was crowded with kids feeding the ducks and swans.

Sirmione beach

Sirmione beach

One of the many swans on the lake

One of the many swans on the lake

This swan is playing hard to get.

This swan is playing hard to get.

L with swan

As we walked through the streets we saw a shop with the most gorgeous man’s tie I have ever seen.  I just had to go into the shop to ask the price.  The beautiful tie with crystals was 200 euros.  We also saw one shop window with a Vespa AND a Ducati on display.

200 euro man's tie

200 euro man’s tie

Ducati in a shop window

Ducati in a shop window

Vespa in the same shop window

Vespa in the same shop window

As I was taking the photo of the Vespa in the shop window, the shop attendant came out to admonish me, but when I said “But it’s a Vespa”, she shrugged her shoulders and said “Well, ok.”

Ceramic vegetables on display on a shop wall

Ceramic vegetables on display on a shop wall

We headed back to our comparatively sleepy town of Lizise for the afternoon and a dinner on our own private patio.  It was nice to see another town on Lake Garda, but we were happy to be staying in the less expensive and trendy town of LIzise.

My dear friend, best friend’s husband, travel companion and political sparring partner Augie is also blogging from this trip.  Although I usually post more photos, he is a writer by trade and his blogs are usually more entertaining.  Here is a link to his blog:

https://augieblog.wordpress.com/

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