Forget Prosecco, it’s all about Franciacorta DOCG sparkling wine on Lake Iseo! The Franciacorta region towards the south of the lake is marbled with family run vineyards, so you won’t struggle to find a beautiful spot to enjoy a glass yourself. There’s lots of great cycle routes in the area. 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.
The main town of Iseo is on the lake’s south shore. You’ll get an instant feel for its medieval origins, from the street patterns, arcaded shopping areas and peaceful squares, centred around Piazza Garibaldi. Do as the locals do and head to the Friday market here or find a sunny terrace to sit at, outside a café. Lake Iseo’s most striking feature is Monte Isola, the largest inhabited lake island in Europe, home to eleven small communities and it's virtually traffic free, except for the public bus. We loved taking a stroll and finding local Trattoria’s to stop at for lunch - complete with red checked table cloths and delicious homemade food. Ferries run regularly from Iseo and Sulzano, so it’s easy to hop between the lake’s towns and the Island.
There’s some lovely gentle walks around, too. Like through the Torbiere del Sebino Natural Reserve beside Iseo town. The lakeside wetland is a mecca for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts – so don’t forget your binoculars!