The place I'm staying is 3 kilometers away from Lazise, a small town on Lake Garda with a population of about 6300. I was lucky that the forecasted rain didn't begin until late the following day, so I had some time to explore this fairy tale town that I immediately loved. It has a castle that is just what you'd imagine in a respectable fairy tale.
And it's right on Lake Garda, and I mean that literally...the water laps against some of the town's buildings.
And it comes right into the main piazza where you can moor your boat and enjoy a gelato and the beautiful vista. The town was crowded with people because May 1 is a national holiday in Italy (their Labor Day), as well as in Germany (as I learned from a German couple staying in the bedroom next door). So there were lots of German and Italian cars clogging the roads.
There's a small church here on the piazza with some frescoes dating back to the 12th century.
After the ornate Baroque churches of Lecce, there was a humble simplicity in this place of worship.
I wandered through shops looking for an umbrella, since I left mine in Antonio's car in Lecce. And it did rain, so I headed back to my cozy room. The rain didn't last very long and I took a long walk before dinner to enjoy this gorgeous country scenery. There were plenty of olive orchards.
And, of course, vineyards abound. This vintner was patriotic, and being a national holiday, there were several Italian flags fluttering in the neighborhood.
The backdrop for the orchards and vineyards were these beautiful mountains.
The forecast for all four days I am here is rain. And I was lucky yesterday that it didn't rain very much. Today it's raining quite steadily. I have a bicycle at my disposal, so if it ever stops raining, I'll check out more of this beautiful landscape that surrounds me.