A day trip for just my parents and I, south to one of the large lakes in Italy, only slightly smaller than Lake Como in the north. It has 4 islands, but only the largest is inhabited, Isola Maggiore. It was so fun to take the ferry out to the island and walk around the whole thing. The village is known for Irish lace making, a skill imported to the island around 1920 when times were getting tough for the citizens. It was absolutely beautiful and very intricate. Olive trees there were very old and scraggly shared the island with a castle/monastery, a village, a picnic beach, harbor, and monuments to the time Saint Francis spent there preaching to the fish. Visiting the lake was a completely different experience than most during my trip, so much more quiet and peaceful! The aqua waters were glassy smooth as we left that afternoon.
Leaving Castiglion del Lago on the ferry
Castle on Isola Maggiore
Village street, see the tiny lady? The chairs are a great comparison.
Lace making museum
Olives and church bell tower
View from top of the island northeast
Medieval Church where “Under the Tuscan Sun” wedding scene was filmed.
Leaving on the ferry
Castiglion del Lago’s castle