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What to see on Iseo lake in a day or two

There is a place where it is possible to admire the Pyramids without being in Egypt, embrace a gnome without being considered at least singular, or discover the ancestors of dinosaurs without travelling through time: it is Lake Iseo, one of the pre-alpine lake basins formed 5 million years ago in the area between the Po Valley and the Alps.


Where Iseo lake is located
How to get there
Iseo lake in numbers
What to do in a day or two




Situated in Lombardy, between the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia, Lake Iseo or Sebino is a lake basin of glacial origin, fed by the River Oglio.
To the north, the lake ends at the mouth of the Camonica Valley and the roads leading to the Tonale Pass and Trentino Alto Adige.
Although it does not appear to be large, it is home to the largest as well as the highest Italian lake island: Montisola.

Lago d'Iseo - Orrido del Bogn




Coming from Milan continue on the A4 in the direction of Venice until the Palazzolo exit: from there continue in the direction of Paratico-Sarnico. Alternatively, you can also exit at the previous tollgate, Ponte sull’Oglio, and drive through the last few municipalities of the Bergamo area until you reach Sarnico.

Coming from the south, from the Ligurian motorways or from lower Piedmont, without passing through the often congested Milanese motorway junction, you can use the A21 Turin/Piacenza as far as Brescia, then take the A4 towards Milan and exit at Rovato: from here, in a few kilometres, you will reach the peat bogs area of Iseo.

Coming from the east or north, the reference motorway is always the A4 towards Brescia/Milan, with the exit at Rovato.

The closest airport to Lake Iseo is Bergamo – Orio al Serio, one of northern Italy’s leading low-cost airports: from the airport you can use a transfer service to nearby Bergamo, from where the Bergamo Trasporti consortium regularly departs to take you to Sarnico. Click here to consult daily timetables and routes.

The best way to get to the lake by train is to use the line that connects Milan to Brescia and, once in the city, use Trenord connections as far as Iseo. Although it is required to change train and train operator (Trenitalia / Trenord) it is possible to purchase tickets directly on the Trenitalia website.



Lake Iseo in numbers

4.5: square km the extension of Montisola
9: km the perimeter of Montisola
12: the day in June 1161 when Frederick Barbarossa sacked Iseo
60: km the length of the perimeter of the lake
63,5: square km of extension
180 metres: altitude at which the lake lies
251: maximum depth in metres
500: more than half a thousand animal species inhabit the area
599: maximum height of Montisola, the largest lake island in Italy
774: the year Charlemagne conquers the Sebino area and Val Camonica
1428: the Republic of Venice conquers the lake
1797: Napoleonic occupation begins
1957: summit of Mount Guglielmo, the highest peak in the mountains around Sebino.

Montisola Lago d'iseo


Recently in the headlines thanks to the work of Bulgarian artist Christo Yavachev, who built a floating, pedestrian bridge between Sulzano and Montisola that was crossed between 18 June and 3 July 2017, Lake Iseo is one of Italy’s fastest-growing tourist areas in terms of visitor numbers, partly due to the fact that it is particularly popular with foreign tourists from Germany, Austria, Holland and Europe in general.

Our itinerary allows you to take a circular route along the shores of the lake, starting from Sarnico and arriving at Paratico, so as to cover the entire perimeter of the lake. Of course, you can choose to cover only some stretches of the proposed itinerary or to reverse the direction of travel: the result will not change and the itinerary will still be fascinating.

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