Territory / Experience
On the shores of Lake Iseo, a romantic setting for your holidays
The Lago d’Iseo belongs to the group of large lakes of glacial origin and is formed by the Oglio river that originates at the Gavia Pass, runs through the Camonica Valley, enters the lake in the municipality of Costa Volpino and emerges between Paratico and Sarnico.
It is the fourth largest lake in Lombardy and the sixth in Italy, it is located at 185 m. in height and its surface is 61 sq. km. The maximum width is 2.4 km and the perimeter about 65 km. The lake records the maximum depth of 256 m. between Siviano (Monte Isola) and Tavernola.
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The Franciacorta Wine Route extends for 80 km. Its aims is to promote and develop the wine and gastronomy tourism in this area, known all over the world for its fantastic wine. A wine tour of Franciacorta is not just about the discovery of wine. Each cellar tells the history of the families of Franciacorta who with tenacity and determination protect the tradition of wine production.
Once through the main gate in the walls, dedicated to Sant’Agostino, the city on the hill is the same as it was four centuries ago. Bergamo city is represented by the small borghi or districts, located along the main roads between up and down town. The main are: Borgo Pignolo, Borgo Palazzo and Borgo Sant’Aessandro, with their fantastic art museums such as: : the “Bernareggi” Museum of Sacred Art and the famous Pinacoteca Carrara ( today its paintings are exposed in Palazzo della Regione ), an art gallery situated near to the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GAMEC).
It’s the pearl of the lake, known as one of the most beautiful borghi in Italy. It is the perfect location where being in nature and discovering ancient traditions. It is 9 km long and the tour can be done by bike or on foot . There are some nice beaches. Other characteristic places are: Ceriola Church: the most panoramic point of the island, Martinengo Church, the Medieval Novale Borgo where you can see the typical tradition and the Reti Museum.
Delightful medieval village, today one of the most appreciated touristic places of Lake Iseo Its position, on the southest end of the lake, offers to the visitor a nice view of the lake shore as well as a one of the river Oglio. To be visited is the Main Church of 1777, model of the Baroque art, and the church of St. Paul, built in ‘400. Sarnico also offers pleasant examples of architecture, as the villas of the Faccanoni family, Villa Passeri, the Mausoleum Faccanoni and the nursery school which represent some of the most important models of the Lombard Liberty Style.
Predore is a small village of Roman origins just near Valcalepio on the right shore of Lake Iseo. Coming from Sarnico, after Cocca Hotel, you will find the little church of San Giorgio, where recent restoration work brought out the architectural features of the Middle Age of this small building. Further on after about 1 km you reach the village centre, situated on an slope between lake and hill. In the large place stands the city hall with the historical fountain and the arcipresbiteriale Church Plebana of San Giovanni Battista and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Lovere is a small village on the Iseo Lake, which is known as one of the most beautiful Borghi in Italy. The historical centre is the right place for walking and discovering some parts of the Medieval city such as: The Alghisi tower, the Soca Tower, the Torricella and the Civic Tower in Vittorio Emanuele Square. There are also some nice place for swimming, just after the small touristic harbor. There are some elegant palaces such as: Gregorini Palace, Marinoni Palace, Milese Villa and Tadini Palace where hundreds of paintings are exposed.
Le Torbiere del Sebino
It’s a nature reserve, located in the southern part of Iseo Lake. The access does not require guides for small groups ( max 6 person ). For big groups, it is necessary booking a guide ( tel. 030 9823141, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ). A ticket is requested for visitors who don’t book a guide or don’t live in Iseo, Porvaglio d’Iseo and Corte Franca. The access is located in front of the Iseo sport center and in Timoline, very close to the Corte Franca village.
In the city there is one of the biggest museums in Italy: Santa Giulia ( It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. , closed on Monday. ) with 12.000 square meters of expositional area and part of the Unesco World Heritage. The monastery was founded by the Longobard king Desiderio and his wife Ansa in 753 a.C. Some rests of ancient roman domus have been found underneath the San Salvatore Church. On the top of the hill, there is a castle, one of the well preserved in the Northern part of Italy. There is a monumental access, created in the 6th century and decorated with the San Marco Lion, symbol of the Venice Republic domination.
Piramidi di Zone
They are one of the most curious phenomenon in Valle Camonica. They are located in the Zone village, 600 meters above the sea level. They are 30 meters high and they are created by the continuous water erosion process. The access is free of charge and there is a simply tour. If you would like to book a guide, you can call Comunità Montana del Sebino Bresciano ( Rome road, 41 – Sale Marasino, tel. 030 9867037 ). For further information, contact the Zone Village ( Monte Guglielmo Road, 42 tel. 030 9870913 ).
Crespi is the name of the family of cotton manufacturers from Lombardy who realized an “ideal workers’ village” . The Crespi Workers’ Village is an entire town built by the owner of the factory for his workers and their families. The workers were provided with homes, gardens, vegetable gardens and all necessary local services. Only those who worked in the factory could live in the Village, and the life of everybody was connected to the factory, its rhythms and its demands.
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In the vicinity of our hotel you can find numerous parks suitable for everyone … that fun is with you!