Iseo Express Historic Train
The historical train Iseo Express departs from Brescia to reach Pisogne, on the northeastern shore of wonderful Lake Iseo. With its 1930's style Centoporte carriages, the steam locomotive crosses the Lombardy hinterland offering beautiful panoramas to admire all the way to the lake. Once on board, roll down your window, enjoy the slow pace of this journey and remember that the train makes intermediate stops in Castegnato, Bornato-Calino, and Iseo with a longer stop in Sulzano, Sale Marasino, and Marone-Zone.
The train departure is at around 9:30 am and the route is a round-trip within the day with short intermediate stops, one of which is 43 minutes long, in Iseo. The train reaches Pisogne around 11:30 a.m. where it is possible to enjoy a boat trip, do water sports, or go on an hiking excursion as well as explore naturalistic trails on mountain bike. The train allows you to bring your own bike on board, or you can rent it once you arrive at the destination.
The train ends its journey in Pisogne, a small medieval village nestled in the mountains overlooking the lake. Once there, don't miss a visit to the Church of Santa Maria della Neve with its wonderful and austere white marble facade and frescoes by Romanino. Explore the maze of narrow alleys and reach Piazza Corna Pellegrini where the Bishop's Tower stands.
Pisogne offers visitors a wide range of opportunities to enjoy during a day outdoor. You can take a boat trip to Lovere, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and a municipality belonging to the Unesco Biosphere Val Camonica Alto Sebino, or in summer, it is worth trying a cruise of the Upper Lake. During the navigation, take advantage of the stop and get off at Monte Isola, also one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The island is pedestrian-only so you can only travel by foot, bicycle or scooter. You can rent a bike and ride around the island along roads surrounded by olive groves with panoramic views of the islands of Loreto and San Pietro. While in Monte Isola make sure to go see the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Ceriola, located 600 meters above sea level. It is the most panoramic point of the lake and Franciacorta.
For those who love cycling, there are two bike paths: the Oglio bike path and the Vello-Toline bike path, while those who love hiking and green landscapes can travel along all or part of the Toline-Trentapassi trail: with a difference in height of 1000 meters, it takes about 3 hours to cross it. Alternatively, you can choose the panoramic route through the woods of the Antica Strada Valeriana, which is 25 km long.
The historical Iseo Express train departs at approximately 5:20 pm to head back reaching Brescia at about 6:30 pm. Whether you have chosen a boat trip, a scenic hike or a bike ride, you'll probably be tired, so let yourself be lulled by the slow pace of the train, enjoy the scenery and try to imagine what the world was like in the 1930s.