Lake Iseo Holidays

Italy's best kept secret, waiting to be discovered

Forget Prosecco, it’s all about Franciacorta DOCG sparkling wine on Lake Iseo! The Franciacorta region's full of family run vineyards, so there are loads of places to find your favourite wine. If you fancy a bit more activity, there are loads of great cycle routes around, our favourites are the ‘wine routes’ – hire an e-bike and set off through the vineyards. You can even schedule in tastings as you go. 

What to see on a Lake Iseo holiday

The main town of Iseo's on the south of the lake. Soak up the history from the medieval streets and relax around the arcaded shopping areas and the main square, Piazza Garibaldi. There's a brilliant market on Friday's, a great place to get to know the locals and try out the local produce.

One of the best places for a day trip is Monte Isola, the largest inhabited lake island in Europe. It's pedestrianised apart from the local bus, so the perfect place if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. We love exploring and finding local trattoria’s to stop at for lunch, with their red checked table cloths and typical Italian food. There are always ferries running from Iseo and Sulzano, so it’s easy to hop from town to town and island to island.  

Why book a Lake Iseo holiday with Inghams

Our years of experience and great relationships with hoteliers means that we can tailor your holiday just to your liking. When you book with Inghams, your holiday's in safe hands.

  • from£549pp
  • 66 rooms
Hotel Iseolago, Exterior Lake View

Hotel Iseolago is perfect for a family holiday. It's surrounded by gardens and the lake can be reached by a private path straight from the hotel. There are three pools and a modern spa. You'll also have access to a nearby Lido with loads of water sports and fun facilities to try out.

  • from£489pp
  • 13 rooms
Hotel Rosa, Lake Iseo, Italy - Garden.jpg

If you're looking for a boutique, family-run hotel then Hotel Rosa is perfect. There's just 15 rooms here so it feels like a home-away-from-home. The lakefront town of Iseo is just 500 metres away so you're well-placed to explore the local area, too.

  • from£499pp
  • 29 rooms
Hotel Ambra, Iseo, Exterior

Hotel Ambra is located in the centre of town just in front of the harbour. You get some great lake views from here and you're right in the middle of everything so getting out to explore couldn't be easier. The hotel feels really authentic with friendly staff and traditional rooms.

Things To Do

Things to see and do

Check out the Medieval Iseo Town, explore the back streets and open-air squares and a lakefront lined with stylish cafes and bars. Iseo's main attraction is the Monte Isola, the largest land island in Europe. Monte Isola's completely pedestrianised and easily reached by boat from Iseo and Sulzano. It's a fantastic spot for a walk. Cruise the lake on the ferries or catch the train to see the other main towns: Sarnico, Pisogne and Lovere. Bergamo's also close-by. Take a day trip and get to know this historic city which dates back to the 6th Century BC.

If you love getting outdoors and being active, Iseo's a great place for walking, whether you're hiking or taking gentle lakeside strolls. The Lake Iseo railway from Brescia's a great way to explore the lake and its surrounding areas. If you're looking for gentle walks you can check out the nearby Torbiere del Sebino. It's a wetland nature reserve, and is always a highlight for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Food & Drink

In Iseo it's all about the wine! Visit one of the many mountain-side vineyards and try the famous Franciacorta DOCG sparkling wine.

If you love sardines, then Iseo's your dream place- one of their most traditional foods is dried sardines, usually eaten with Polenta. If sardines aren't your favourite then try the Casoncelli, stuffed pasta (like ravioli) or salami from Monte Isola. Cheese is always important in the Italian lake district and Lake Iseo's no exception. Silter DOP is a hard cheese from the lower Camonica Valley made from the milk of the brown cows of Monte Guglielmo. Perfect with your Franciacorta wine and salami.

Activities

For art lovers the Tadini Gallery in Lovere's full of 19th Century art and sculpture as well as an archaeological collection, put together at the end of the 18th Century in Naples. If you have a car, drive over to the Church of Santa Maria delle Neve in Pisogne, where you'll find frescoes of the Passion of the Christ by Romanino. For more art don't miss the Valcamonica rock engravings in Capo di Ponte, which have been engraved over thousands of years, from the pre-historic to medieval and iron ages. This is fantastic if you want a more personal look at the area throughout the ages.

There are plenty of castles for you to enjoy, like the 12th Century Breno Castle and the Castello Quistini. The Castello Quistini has stunning gardens which you can also visit. Find a secluded spot and think about all the amazing things you've seen so far.

Good to know

  • Love to travel in style? Buy a weekly ferry pass and visit nearby towns around the lake
  • Take a boat trip to Montisola, the largest lake island in Europe
  • Taste the delicious Franciacorta sparkling wine and check out the vineyards and wine cellars around the lake
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