A paradise surrounded by greenery between Bergamo and Brescia
Lake Iseo is one of the great lakes of northern Italy. A basin of glacial origin nestled at the bottom of the Camonica Valley, it is located halfway between Bergamo and Brescia. Smaller than Lake Garda and Lake Como, but no less enchanting for it, Lake Iseo is a true paradise surrounded by green moraine hills, with small villages dotted along its coastline.
From Pisogne, with the church of Santa Maria della Neve featuring plenty of frescoes, to Provaglio d’Iseo, with the tranquil and intimate Monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa, visitors who choose to travel to Lake Iseo for a holiday or day trip will find countless beautiful places that are best explored at a slow pace.
The true symbol of the lake, and the most visited spot thanks to the views it offers, is the large island at the centre of the basin. Monte Isola, which is accessible by boat from Sale Marasino, is a true oasis of peace dominated by the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Ceriola, which stands atop the mountain in the centre of the island.
Lake Iseo is also a popular destination for tourists who enjoy water sports, from sailing to windsurfing to water skiing. It is also popular among cyclists, who can enjoy the mountain trails and cycle paths around its shores that are open all year round.