10 July 2017

A Week in Cortona: Part Three - Lake Trasimene

I always forget how much of a water baby I am until I get back out onto the water, I swear it's where I feel my most peaceful. For the third and final part of my "A Week in Cortona" series, I wanted to talk to you about Lake Trasimene. It's a beautiful lake, with beaches and shores, not far from Cortona. It has a little bit of history with it's own battle taking place in 217 BC, also known as the largest ambush in military history - it's where Hannibal beat the Roman army. I'm not too sure on the history behind the battle and such, but if you want to know more about it you can see here.
Now, as much as I appreciate the history, I was definitely more interested in the activities you could do there. There's a few different places you can do to take part in these activities, it depends where you are on the lake, but we headed to a company called Acqua Dolce who rent kayaks, motorboats, sailing boats and bikes around the lake. So what did we get up to?

The first time we went to the lake we rented out four kayaks, and went from Monte de Lago, over to the nearest island. Kayaking has become a bit of a tradition for us when we go on holidays now with my family, we always try to find somewhere we can go and it's usually a river. The lake was so much harder - with a river you have a current so you can just amble, there wasn't one with the lake. It was one of those things where it felt like no matter how much you paddled, you weren't getting any closer to the island. However, we made it over and had a chill before heading back. When we got the island we were a little disappointed as everything there was closed - I would highly recommend maybe taking a picnic with you and putting it in the waterproof box of the kayak so you have something to do when you get to the other side. No matter how hard it was, it was really good fun and so nice to be out doing something a bit different. It was also really reasonable, I think we only paid about 17 euros for each kayak for two hours. You can find out more about the kayak rental here.

The second time we went out to the lake was definitely my favourite. When I was younger my Dad had a speedboat - and my entire family hated it except for me. I think I was the only one who would go on it with him, and we'd go out and have a blast. So when he suggested renting a motorboat I jumped at the chance. It was just him, me and my little brother who went out but it was awesome. We went around the lake a couple of times, jumped in the water and just generally chilled. I think this was probably the most chilled out I felt the entire holiday - which is saying something considering all we did most of the time was sit by the pool and read. This is why I think I'm a water baby, I just feel at peace. I find it really hard to turn my brain off, ever, and my husband is adamant I don't like myself relax as it's always ticking away. This was the one place I could do just that - switch off and just enjoy the sun, the breeze and the beautiful scenery. I would definitely recommend doing this if you're comfortable driving a motorboat. Again, it was really reasonable and only cost us around 60 euros, plus fuel - we ended up paying 75 euros in total. Again, you can find more about the motorboat rental here.
If you're not a water sports kind of person, then there's lots of beaches around the lake as well where you can just go a chill. But I would highly recommend visiting the lake if you're in the area. The scenery is breath-taking, and it's the most peaceful place I've ever been.
I hope you enjoyed my little series from my recent holiday! Let me know if you'd like to see more travel type pieces. I'm off to Amsterdam in September so will look to doing another one after then if you're into it! I had a lot of fun reliving my holiday through these posts, so I hope you did too.
Where's your peaceful place?

Much love, Lisa May

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