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Charming and romantic, Lake Iseo offers to the visitors the calm majesty of its landscape. Green hills, olive groves and overhanging rocks surround the wonderful Monte Isola, one of the “Borghi più belli d’Italia” (Italy’s Finest Villages) and Eden Award 2010. It is also famous for its production of handmade nets and little wood boats. To enjoy the beautiful panorama from the lake, nothing is better than a boat trip. Small villages follow one another along the coast from Paratico to Pisogne, along the old coastal road. Iseo focuses its dynamic social life around Piazza Garibaldi, the castle and the church of Sant’Andrea. In Pisogne, right in the main square, stands the bishop’s medieval Tower. At the beginning of the road up to Val Palot lies the XV century church of Santa Maria della Neve decorated with splendid frescoes by Romanino. The green of the olive groves of Marone, recognized as città dell’olio (olive oil town), compete with Franciacorta vineyards. A short journey on the hills above Marone takes you to the erosion pyramids (geologic phenomena) at Zone. This is the starting point of several paths leading up to the top of Monte Guglielmo (1949m. slm).

South of the lake, beyond the Natural Reserve of Torbiere del Sebino, the gentle land of Franciacorta begins: ancient hamlets, villas, castles, abbeys and monasteries, and, what is more, vineyards and well-known wineries where the high-quality Franciacorta (sparkling wine) is produced and jealously kept.

Not to be missed are the abbey of San Nicola at Rodengo Saiano, the Convent of Annunciata at Rovato and the Romanesque monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa founded by Cluniac monks at Provaglio d’Iseo. Guided tours are organised to Palazzo Torri at NigolineCorte Franca and to the castle at Bornato.

The gastronomic tradition is renomated. The Association Strada del Vino Franciacorta (wine route) preserves and promotes the local products. The famous tinca ripiena al forno (oven baked stuffed tench) is the main speciality of Clusane, while the manzo all’olio (beef meat cooked in olive oil) is Rovato’s speciality. Gussago is the capital town of the spiedo (spit composed by meat and game). In trattorias and restaurants one can enjoy the traditional dishes and the Franciacorta as well. At the end of the meal a good local grappa is needed.

Hospitality in hotels, campsites, farmholidays and B&B has a long tradition on Lake Iseo and Franciacorta.

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