Lake Iseo is the fourth largest lake in Northern Italy. It is quieter and less developed than neighbouring Garda and has a perimeter of about 60 km. The lakeside towns are linked by a public boat service. The main town of Iseo is on the south shore, its medieval origins evident in the street patterns, arcaded shopping areas and peaceful squares. Lake Iseo’s most striking feature is Monte Isola island, the largest inhabited lake island in Europe. This is home to 11 small communities, traffic-free and easily reached by boat from the lakeside towns of Iseo and Sulzano – the perfect spot for a peaceful stroll. There is gentle walking too around the Torbiere del Sebino adjacent to Iseo Town. It’s a lakeside wetland nature reserve, a mecca for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. The Franciacorta area to the South has a more rolling landscape and is famous for its sparkling wines. Your hotels in Lake Iseo give you a great choice of accommodation.
A night at the opera in the ancient arena in Verona must surely be one of life’s great experiences even if you’re not an opera buff. ht at the opera in the ancient arena in Verona must surely be one of life’s great experiences even if you’re not an opera buff. The 2017 programme (23 June - 27 August) sees the return of the all-time favourite Aida by Verdi loved for its lavish scenery and costumes. But there are also performances of Rigoletto and Nabucco by Verdi as well as Tosca and Madame Butterfly by Puccini. If you are staying in any of the main resorts on Lake Garda, such as Peschiera, we can book most performances (listed on the Verona opera page) and transport to and from Verona is included in addition to your opera ticket.
Two Centres | You can combine your 7 night stay in Lake Iseo with 3, 4 or 7 nights in Venice or Verona, or a Lake Garda resort.
Resort Code: ITIS
Languages spoken: Italian
Time difference: GMT+1
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Transfer Approx. 1hr 15mins by coach.
Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.
Self drive is available
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Local bus services:
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: No
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3 Islands Cruise €20, half day
Sit back and relax as we guide you through the history and legends of this pretty lake. Take in the Islands of Loreto, San Paolo and the largest Lake Island in Europe, Monte Isola! Time to look around the Monte Isola, see the fishermen making their nets which are world-renowned now and used at international football stadiums and tennis courts.
Bergamo €40, full day
One of the oldest towns in Italy, steeped in beauty and history.
Villa & Garden / Wine Tour €45, half day
Off to the rolling hills of the Franciacorta Region for an afternoon of discovery and delight! The wonderful gardens of the Villa Quistini are an array of colour and perfume and inside the 16th century villa there are lovely frescoes. Our host will then lead you through the wine producing methods of this very famous DOCG Franciacorta wine. Tickle your taste buds with delectable various wines and delicious local products.
Camonica Valley €45, full day
A day at Italy’s first Unesco World Heritage Site where you can see hundreds of rock carvings, enchanting landscapes and walking trails.
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Lake Iseo offers a variety of things to do to keep any visitor occupied. Discover Iseo Town which is of medieval origin, weave your way through the back streets to lovely open-air squares and a lakefront lined with stylish cafes and bars. Concerts and exhibitions are organised throughout the summer. The jewel of the Lake is the Monte Isola, largest land island in Europe. Home to 11 communities, is traffic-free and easily reached by boat from the lakeside towns of Iseo and Sulzano - the perfect spot for a peaceful stroll and walks. Cruise the lake on the ferries or catch the train to see the other main towns : Sarnico, Pisogne and Lovere.. For the active, the area is excellent for walking at all different levels. The Lake Iseo railway from Brescia is a comfortable way to explore this lovely lake and its surrounding areas up into the Camonica Valley. There is also gentle walking around the Torbiere del Sebino adjacent to Iseo Town. It's a lakeside wetland nature reserve, and sure to be the highlight of Lake Iseo holidays for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts.
You can also attend the Verona Opera from Lake Iseo. For more information, see our Verona Opera information >
Other things to do in and around Lake Iseo
Visit Bergamo - one of the oldest towns in Italy which is steeped in beauty and history. Visit Bergamo Alta, an unspoilt example of a medieval village within Venetian walls. Pass through charming churches, palaces and squares, enjoy the cobbled lanes full of arts and crafts shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.
Inghams Guided Wanderwalks
The area around Lake Iseo offers excellent, varied walking itineraries for all levels. You can use boat, train and bus services to increase your choice of walk. Here are a few walks we have put together:
Monte Isola Tour
| Easy | 3 hrs (approx) |
Take the boat overto Peschiera Maraglio, the perfect start point for the walk. This
scenic walk follows the coast road clockwise to the village of Sensole. The walk hugs the coast, but if you are happy to climb a little you’ll be rewarded with superb lake views.
Torbiere Nature Reserve
| Easy | 2-3 hrs (approx) | This flat
tranquil walk is ideal to explore this amazing and protected Nature
Reserve. Taking the route from the church over the central bridges
and back to do a complete circular tour of Iseo.