Desenzano, Lake Garda
From the San Francisco campsite, we could get into Sirmione turning left out of the campsite and Desenzano by turning right. We cycled the 5km into Desenzano, on Lake Garda which was a nice easy ride on relatively flat pathways. It took about 45 minutes to cycle into the town and when we saw an interesting windy road we took a detour to discover what was at the end of it. We found either another view of the lake or parkland.
Although quaint and charming Desenzano wasn’t as lovely as Sirmione. Nevertheless, the shops were interesting and we enjoyed walking through the city streets. I loved looking in the shoe shops but at 500 euros for some of the shoes, it was a little out of my price range – well a lot really. Some of the heels on the shoes too! It was nice looking though.
As well as the shops there is a wide harbour with dozens of yachts and fishing boats, a museum and a Roman villa which was discovered in 1921. We spent a very relaxing hour outside one of the many cafes watching the Italians going about their normal daily routine. There were a group of mums with their buggies having coffee and on another table a small group of businessmen suited up having a late lunch. It was interesting just watching them.
Each little town along the lakes brings new discoveries ancient walls, churches, gardens, flower-lined promenades. Lake Garda really is beautiful.