Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lakeside - Day 7

Drove down the west side of Lake Garda, stopping for a view of the lake and Il Vittoriale, the villa of the eccentric  in Gardone Riviera. This is where Gabriele D'Annunzio lived from 1922-38, poet, dramatits, novelist, soldier, fascist and deamer.

The villa has an ampitheatre, a warship projecting out from the hillside, a motorised torpedo boat, an aeroplane and cars. The rooms are full of collected items but it's his behaviour that is of real interest - treating his guests with distain, supposedly eating babies! etc. It's a cornucopia of objects and ephemera. 

The sun was shining so we ate outside in a small Trattoria opposite the Villa entrance, where the food was excellent - spritz, shrimp salad, pizza, prosecco sorbet etc. Best meal of the trip.

After lunch we drove down to Desenzano, a lovely little town on the southern coast of the lake, where we walked off our lunch, leaving Callum to sleep off the exhaustiion of the competition in the car.