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Once again it rained a lot through the night, but the sun was breaking through the clouds in the morning. It was forecasted to rain about 2:00, so we headed out after breakfast to drive to Lago Trasimeno, the large lake that can be seen from the walls of Cortona. Mike and Jackie had gone there when they were here in 2017 and I recall him saying that they quite enjoyed it.
The lake is in the province of Perusia, in the Umbria region. The lake’s surface area is 128 km2 (49.4 sq mi), the fourth largest for surface area in Italy. We stopped at the Campo del Sole, near the town of Tuoro and walked out to the end of the dock, where the ferry departs for tours to Isola Maggiore, the 2nd largest of the 3 islands in the lake and the only inhabited one.
We also spent some time in the sculpture park, where there is a group of 27 statues, works by different Italian and foreign contemporary artists. Each is just over 4 meters high.
After leaving there, not far down the road, we came to Passignano , where we stopped for a light lunch at Bar Del Sole. We ordered a large antipasto platter, with spritz drinks for the ladies and cold beer for the guys.
From there we continued on the drive around the lake until the rain began teaming down. Rather than continue, we turned around and drove back to La Colonica, arriving there just before 4:00.
Cesare had just returned home and was outside, so this was a good time for Charlie to present him with a gift for he and David: a painting of their home, which is just across the driveway from the villa. Cesare was very touched, which was confirmed by David in an email to Cheryl. Over C&C’s 4 visits to Tuscany and La Colonica, they have become very good friends with David and Cesare.
We got most of our packing down for our departure tomorrow. We had another quiet evening after a hearty bowl of Cheryl’s soup, sandwiches made with the left-over bread, pork and mortadella. All good! We then watched a Netflix movie and another instalment of the ‘Chef’s Table’.
Another rainy day forecasted for tomorrow, beginning at 11:00 AM, so we’ll just have to see what we can do between the raindrops.