Lago d' Iseo Things to Do

  • Peschiera Maraglio
    Peschiera Maraglio
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  • Visit Monte Isola

    by johnwaring Updated Mar 17, 2013
    Peschiera Maraglio

    This is nothing like the other islands on this lake or indeed any other Italian lake. It is a massive island which is the largest of any European lake islands (outside Finland). It is also the highlight of Lake Iseo which gives the lake a distinctive charm. The car-free (but not scooter free!) island oozes bucolic charm but entices the visitor with a scattering of pleasant, unpretentious restaurants which all have excellent views of the lake. Favourite spots include Carzano on the north east side (the ferry from Sale Marasino docks here) and Sensole on the south side overlooking the small Isola San Paolo which dreamily hugs the horizon as you sit at one of the lakeside restaurants. Peschiera Maraglio on the eastern side overlooking Sulzano is a picturesque tiny village from where you can catch the bus around the island. Along with Carzano look out for the smart Scooter Parking Lot near the ferry point.

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  • Get to love Lovere

    by johnwaring Updated Jul 10, 2012
    Piazza XIII Martiri

    Nearly everyone who takes a boat to the upper part of the lake is heading for Lovere. This is a busy and characterful place with a good range of eateries to please. Its attractiveness is slightly detracted from by the busy main road that runs along the lakefront, but nonetheless this is a very pleasant place and has great views across the lake. I visited the lakefront Accademia Tadini and found it to be an interesting and quite large art gallery. The attendant will take you to see a chapel in the grounds with a beautiful work by Canova.
    Don't miss noseying around the backstreets with the atmospheric alleyways away from the bustle.

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  • Take a boat to Riva di Solto

    by johnwaring Written Jul 5, 2012

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    View from Ferry point

    This place is really special. As approach Riva di Solto by boat you see a glimpse of a faded palazzo through the trees. The village itself is tiny with a lovely cafe on the front facing a stupendous view of the mountains on the opposite side of the lake. When I visited this I couldn't believe the Italian lakes could get better - but they did.

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    Tavernola

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    ....colourful streets...

    For some reason Tavernola caught my eye, one reason could have been the colourful streets following the contours of the lake.
    If you're into statistics, try the following:
    Tavernola Bergamasca had a population of 2.272 at the last census with an average of 2.71 per family and a town surface of 12,3 square kilometers. The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 185 and 954 metres above sea level.
    Work and workers:There are 54 industrial firms employing 424 people that are the 66,67% of the total of the workers. There are 25 service firms employing 48 people that are the 3,93% of the total of the workers. There are also 36 firms employing 114 people that are the 7,55% of the total of the workers. There are also 14 administrative offices emplying 29 workers that are the 5,66% of the total of the workers.
    There is a total of 636 workers, that are the 27,99% of the inhabitants of the municipality

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    Take the walk around the pyramids of Iseo

    by angiebabe Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    At Cislano there is a tourist office for the Pyramids de Zone - which was closed when I was there as it was Good Friday - with a moderate sized car park, info board for the site and a signposted path that takes you around the outskirts of the privately owned residences and around to the viewing points.

    The entire circuit takes about an hour with photo stops along the way which includes the pathway down into the valley and back up out again up to the tourist office and carpark.

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    Multi Activities

    by Iseoman Written Sep 19, 2007

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    I know lake Iseo well and although not so well known it has dramatic scenery and lots to do combining lake and mountain activities. There are so many including, multi pool complexes (3 at last count), windsurfing, treetop rope park, sailing, golf, Go Kart, horseriding, canoeing etc etc and not to mention winter for Heliskiing, snow shoe excursions, skiing etc. There is a list of things to do at http://www.monticolo.it/lakeiseovallecamonicaandmontecampione.html

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    Cycling in Lago land

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 16, 2004

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    The bikes were everywhere around the lake.

    It seemed at times that whatever corner you turned, there was another cyclist or bunch of same.
    Since it was almost impossible to overtake, on occasions I spent some time behind our two-wheeled friends. I say that advisedly as I race pushbikes myself, albeit at a considerably lower level than the professional teams pictured here!
    One advantage is that it makes you slow down and you get to appreciate the scenery a bit more, though taking snaps with one hand on a camera and the other on the steering wheel is not a recommended activity.

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    Predore

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    Call this one pretty

    As you clear the mess of Bergamo and the southern end of the lake on the western side, you end up driving through Predore which is where you get the first real feeling that you are in a scenic area.
    This bright and picturesque little town is the first in an alternating display of ugly/pretty as you follow the shoreline up the western side.
    Parrocchiale San Salvatore:
    The Chiesa San Salvatore on the right is a beautiful exhibition in itself, with an entrance portal surmounted by a gable sustained by columns which puts it in perfect harmony with its position facing the lake.

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    The streets of Riva

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    So colourful

    Sometimes the contrast is on the same buioding as shown in this colourful example in the main street of Rive di Solto.
    Pink and green??
    Riva di Solto is one of the most picturesque localities of the Sebino. Some ruins, among which are the castle and a tower from the 13th century that are square in plan, on the most northern side of the village form the traces of a defensive system in this housing settlement.
    From the port there are daily connections to Montisola. The camping is just a few steps outside of Riva di Solto and houses some of the great number of tourists every summer, partly because of a great pizzeria on site and a clean beach where one can swim and sunbathe.

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    Riva di Solto

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    I had to pull up somewhere and take some shots and this town looked as attractive as any I had been through.
    Palazzo Martinoni:
    On the main street there are two gentlemen’s houses: Palazzo Martinoni of the noble family Martinoni and Palazzo Polini of the XVIth Century, an ex monastery with a beautiful cloister with frescoes.

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    The starkness of it all

    by iandsmith Written Apr 6, 2004

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    A dramatic lake

    The further north you go, the closer to the alps, yet somehow this barren mountain had managed to divest itself of all the recent snowfalls and was seemingly at odds with the beautiful water below.
    It would probably not be described as pretty, but it was certainly picturesque.

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    Contrast

    by iandsmith Written Apr 6, 2004

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    One of my favourite Italian things is the way the old and the new meld together. Not always harmoniously, sometimes in a manner jarring to the senses. Here we see a rugged brick exterior competing with faded frescoes adorning the high walls of nearby apartments.

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    Water activities

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 5, 2004

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    Spring on Lago d'Iseo

    I remember walking along the foreshore at some point and noting the millions of fry swimming underneath and wondering if there were any bigger fish in the lake. No sooner had the thought crossed my mind than a fish around 2kgs swivelled his way though the crystal clear lake right below me.
    It reminded me of things to do on the water like rowing, fishing, skiing and, of course, those wind reliant pursuits such as sailing and wind surfing. At the lakes in this part of the world, the latter activities are best sought in the northern latitudes where the catabatic winds fall off the mountains and can be relied upon for some type of breeze.

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    Monte Isola

    by iandsmith Written Apr 5, 2004

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    A standout church

    Though it almost looks like it is attached to the mainland from the western shore, Monte Isola is indeed an island, occupied and with its own church sitting resplendent upon the highest point and, just to make sure I saw it, just as I was taking this photo through the haze, the bells chimed out.

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    ACQUASPLASH

    by karin_kamphuis Written Feb 18, 2004

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    black hole, swimming parc iseo

    We went to franciacorta (look for the signs, cause they are hard to find!!).

    The swimming pools were great. Nice glides and not too busy!!

    Also nice for younger kids because there are many playgrounds.

    The many glides are marvellous.

    Try them all!!!!...... Lots of pleasure.

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