For this years vacation we decided to go to Lake Iseo, Italy. So we packed our car and went for a 12 hour ride to northern Italy. I always love a good road trip, so I was really excited! So let me show you what we’ve done during our trip with lots of photos!
We stayed in Albergo Ristorante Orazio, a cute hotel with comfortable rooms, friendly staff, good breakfast and a nice restaurant. Oh and don’t forget the incredible views. The above photos were taken from our balcony! Sale Marasino is a cute little village on a mountain side with beautiful houses and views.
A small harbor city with a lovely promenade along the lake. Cute boutiques, restaurants, and things to see. We went there a couple of times to look around, enjoy some drinks and food.
Paratico and Sarnico
At the most southern point of Lake Iseo you find these two places connected by a bridge, to cross the Oglio river. We went there after we visited Iseo and we had a nice walk around the towns and visited a flee and handmade market before we settled down for dinner.
We went to Monte Isola with the ferry from Sale Marasino. Monte Isola is the biggest island in a lake of Europe. We climbed all the way to the top to see the amazing view from the monastery, definitely worth the warm hike! We also took a little bus around the island.
Bergamo is one of the oldest cities in Lombardy. The upper city, surrounded by Venetian walls built in the 16th century, forms the historic centre of the city. The lower city is the modern centre of Bergamo. We took a funicular to the upper city to see all the old buildings and the view over the lower city.
We went to this little village to visit the natural pyramids, formations of large rock pillars created by erosion. We did a two hour hike to see these pyramids from every angle.
Orrido del Bogn
When we were randomly driving around the lake we ended up here. You really must stop off to see the ravine called the orrido del Bogn. To get there you walk along the lakeside road from Riva di Solto towards Lovere. The Bogn is one of the treasured wonders of nature in the area. Driving on towards the village of Castro and the small town of Lovere, the road is dug out of the rock and the sheer drop down to the waters below offers thrilling views and stunning scenery.
Brescia has been an important regional centre since pre-Roman times. Its old town contains the best-preserved Roman public buildings in northern Italy and numerous monuments. We went here after we went wine tasting and really enjoyed ourself just walking around in the city.
Wow, sorry for the overload of pictures! As you can probably tell, we went to a lot of different places. It’s really easy to get around with a car. Plenty of places to park and it’s awesome to drive around in the mountains. I did love our trip to Tuscany 4 years ago, but being in the mountains is even more amazing, especially for the views! I hope you liked this photo report and maybe you can use it as a guide when you’re planning a trip to Northern Italy!