Lago d' Iseo Travel Guide

  • Peschiera Maraglio
    Peschiera Maraglio
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  • Peschiera Maraglio, Monte Isola.
    Peschiera Maraglio, Monte Isola.
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  • Ferry on Lago d'Iseo.
    Ferry on Lago d'Iseo.
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  • Cat Sanctuary

    On our walking from Sensole to Peschiera Maraglio we passed a little cat sanctuary. There were some cats roaming the hillside and others sitting in a little shelter and there was a big picture of a cat advertising the place.

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  • Walking to Peschiera Maraglio from...

    This walk took us around half an hour walking at a leisurely pace and taking photos. The views back to Sensole were lovely.

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  • Sulzano

    Sulzano is on the mainland on the shores of Lake Iseo. There is a regular ferry service between Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio. They are opposite each other. We visited Sulzano twice. Our first visit involved running from one ferry pier to another to catch a boat. Our second visit was more leisurely. We strolled the waterfront then walked up to the...

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  • Walk along the lake front.

    There is a walkway along the lakefront which is very pleasant to stroll along. From here you can enjoy beautiful lakeland scenery.

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  • Iseo

    Iseo is the name of the lake but it is also the name of the biggest town on the lake. Iseo town has a population of around 9,000. You can get there easily by train from Brescia and it has a ferry service to other places on the lake.Iseo's main square is the Piazza Garibaldi. There is a statue of Garibaldi in the centre of this square. Some of the...

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  • Walking from Sensole - Drying Fish.

    On our walk we passed lots of fish drying in the sun. Most of the villages on Monte Isola are fishing communities.

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  • Sensole Village

    Sensole is a tiny village. When we visited it was decorated for Christmas. Its Christmas tree had some rather unusual coke can decorations. The harbourfront at Sensole was very pretty.

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  • Sensole Castle

    Sensole sits nestled under a ruined hilltop castle. It is called Rocca Martinengo and dates from the 15th century. Its original name was Rocca Oldofredi. We did not climb up to the ruin. We just took some photos of it. If you look back on the walk from Sensole to Peschiera Maraglio there are lovely views of Sensole with the castle towering over it.

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  • Sensole

    On our second visit to Monte Isola we went by ferry from Iseo to Sensole. This is a tiny place nestling under a castle perched on its hill. There is a little island offshore and there is a scenic walk from here to Peschiera Maraglio along the waterfront.

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  • Sulzano Church

    This lovely church dates from the eighteenth century. I am not sure of its name. It was locked when we visited. It is located next to Sulzano train station.

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  • Christmas on Peschiera Maraglio

    I liked the Christmas decorations along the waterfront and around the town at Peschiera Maraglio, too.

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  • Peschiera Maraglio - the waterfront.

    Peschiera Maraglio has a walkway along its waterfront from which you can enjoy some absolutely stunning scenery. Our visit coincided with one of the few moments of this holiday when the sun came out, but there was lots of snow on the surrounding hills adding to the wonderful views.

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  • Peschiera Maraglio - the church

    As you approach Peschiera Maraglio from the water, you well see its skyline is dominated by a beautiful yellow church. This is the Church of S. Michele. It was consecrated in 1648. The church is wonderful inside and has many frescoes on its walls and ceiling. As there was a service on when we visited, we could not photograph the inside of the...

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  • Peschiera Maraglio - steep, narrow...

    We left the waterfront to climb up to the church and really enjoyed wandering Peschiera Maraglio's steep narrow streets.

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  • Peschiera Maraglio

    Peschiera Maraglio is a stunningly lovely little fishing village on Monte Isola. We strolled along its waterfront and climbed up its steep narrow streets to its attractive church. The church was beautiful inside, but we could not photograph it as there was a service going on. Near the ferry pier some old photos of women repairing fishing nets were...

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  • The parish church of S. Andrea:

    On our second visit to Iseo we visited the parish church of S. Andrea. This church is quite plain on the outside, but beautiful on the inside. I especially loved the nativity scene which even had sound effects such as running water, baaing sheep and cockerels crowing.This church was founded in the 6th century by Bishop San Vigilio.It has an unusual...

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  • Garibaldi Square

    This is the main square in town. In the centre stands a statue of Garibaldi. He is in front of the town hall, the former Vantini Palace.

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  • Our Lady of the Snow

    Next to the castle there is a lovely church called the Our Lady of the Snow.This church was built on the remains of an older church called the church of St. Stephen. In 1655 a crippled man regained his ability to walk after praying in front of a fresco of the Holy Family on the wall next to the old church.This miracle prompted the rebuilding of the...

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  • Oldofredi Castle

    We walked up the hill away from the lake until we came to Oldofredi Castle. This castle was built at the end of the 11th century. It was named after the Ghibelline Oldofredi family who originally came from Iseo. It was burnt down by Barbarossa during his war with Italy and later restored by Giacomo Oldofredi in 1161. In 1586 the castle became a...

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  • Visit Monte Isola

    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...

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  • Get to love Lovere

    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...

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  • Take a boat to Riva di Solto

    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

    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...

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  • Take the walk around the pyramids of...

    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...

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Lago d' Iseo Restaurants

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    by Balam Written Jun 19, 2012

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    We called here for a drink and Vicki had a Pizza, it was a lovely place to sit and the Lager was the nicest i had while on this visit to Italy. the Pizza though was supposed to be a Margarita but it was quite frankly rubbish! it was like one of the cheap cheese and tomato ones you can get from the supermarket, there was no basil on it at all. They seemed to be using these as bases and then just adding things on top for different types of pizza.
    I would certainly call here again for a drink or two but i would not bother to eat here after seeing that pizza!

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Lago d' Iseo Transportation

  • Sulzano Train Station

    There is a small train station in Sulzano from which trains run along the eastern side of Lake Iseo. We caught the train back to Brescia from here. The station has a free, clean toilet and a little waiting room. It is right next to Sulzano Church.

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  • Getting to Iseo

    We got to Iseo by train from Brescia. The train was going to a place called Breno. Some trains may go all the way to Edolo. The train travels the full length of the lake's eastern shore and the scenery is beautiful. The train stops in Iseo town and in Sulzano. There were trains once an hour. The journey to Iseo took about 25 minutes. Trains left...

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  • Getting around the lake

    We travelled around Lake Iseo by boat. We got on the boat from the waterfront in Iseo town and travelled to Monte Isola. You must check schedules carefully in advance as there can be long gaps between boats. The service operates all year, but is more frequent in summer. From Peschiera Maraglio there was a frequent service to Sulzano and back. At...

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Lago d' Iseo Off The Beaten Path

  • The Madonna della Ceriola Sanctuary

    Standing on the shore at Sulzano looking towards Monte Isola, I saw a building right at the top of the island. At first I thought it was a castle, then I realised it was a church. It turned out to be the Madonna della Ceriola Sanctuary which dates from the seventeenth century. In this church apparently you can see a painting of the Madonna and...

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  • San Paolo Island.

    We did not go to this tiny island. We just looked at it from Sensole. I believe the island is privately owned. A Cluniac monastery once stood here in the 11th century. Nowadays there is a villa. I took my photos using a powerful zoom. The first photo shows how far the island really is from Sensole.

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  • Get above it all

    Just above lake Iseo is the Spa town of Boario nestled between the Alps. Why do I mention this ...welll it's a great location for lake AND mountain activities and there is so much to do and it costs less ! There is a complete destination guide at http://www.monticolo.it/lakeiseovallecamonicaandmontecampione.html giving directions from Boario.

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Lago d' Iseo Favorites

  • Nativity Scenes

    I absolutely love nativity scenes and the ones at Lago d'Iseo were wonderful. I really enjoy simple nativity scenes, not too over the top. The ones there had a fishing theme which I really liked. On Monete Isola Jesus, Mary and Joseph were placed inside a toy boat under a Christmas tree. In Iseo the nativity scene was displayed in three rowing...

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  • Vegetarians in Lovere

    Unless you want to eat pizza every night, vegetarians are very badly catered for in Lovere. We didn't eat out once whilst we were there. Everything seems to have meat and fish in it.When eating out, you must take a phrase book because there are very few menus in English.The supermarket to the north of Lovere is very good and we just bought raw...

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