Centro Storico di Monte Isola

Centro Storico di Monte Isola

Centro Storico di Monte Isola
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D4vid_4444
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
We had a magic couple of days staying in Sulzano and visiting Monte Isola. It was mid-late April 2013 with good weather and few other travellers. V easy to stroll along the shore where the restaurants are etc, and the Church on the top of the island is a great view.

We hadn't planned this but got lucky and stumbled on one of the best travel experiences in my life... an easy downhill hike from the Chruch to the ferry wharf at Peschiera Maraglio. Walking or cycling up to the church would not be impossible, but would be very arduous. We took the bus to Cure which I would recommend. Little orange bus mostly for locals. There is also a loop shuttle bus to Cure during peak season as well (August). The regular bus only runs 3-4 times in the middle of the day so don't miss one of these (0910, 1105, 1430 on weekdays from Peschiera). The bus literally goes everywhere on the island before it goes to Cure but this is pleasant, takes about 30 min. I uploaded the timetable.

From Cure, a small hamlet near the top of the island, it is about another 500m uphill to the church. This is a well paved and used path up from Cure. It is marked in orange colour on the walking signs around the place. Have a look at the church and view, v nice.

The path back down to Peschiera Maraglio is well worth finding but the origin of the track gave us a little trouble to find. This is the dark blue path on the walking signs. The easy start to the path branches of the main path you took up from Cure, about 50-100 m before you reach the church. The main path is paved, the branching track is not. Alternatively, if you keep walking past the church itself, you walk down a very uneven short rocky section, past a small helipad, and you link up with the blue path that way. After you find the start of the path you can't wrong.

What follows is a magic little walk along a very narrow and picturesque trail with great views in places. Weaves between small farmhouses and many great photos. I uploaded a couple.

Very very highly recommended. Beats walking uphill too!
Written May 1, 2013
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Add-Jay
Utrecht, The Netherlands102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
Possibly the best thing to do in this area. You can only reach the island by boat - we opted for the ferry leaving every 20 minutes from Sale Marasino to Carzano, on the northeastern tip. Decided to take a walk, although there are buses connecting the villages and many cyclists - no cars allowed, besides the priest's and few others :) If you walk on the asphalt roads (which we tried to avoid), you don't really need hiking boots, but if you follow the trails you do. Couldn't find much hiking information on the internet, but once you're there you realize trails are very well marked. I particularly suggest the path connecting Peschiera to the Madonna della Ceriola Sanctuary (actually it starts off from Peschiera's upper road), which provides you with beautiful views on the lake and the olive groves. Also the descent, from the sanctuary to Masse and Olzano, has some nice spots. We did it in 4 hours, lunch & coffee break included. It's one of those idyllic places where, on your way back to the mainland, you seriously consider moving there one day.
Written March 21, 2015
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mrsmon2016
Leeds, UK332 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
We took a pleasant 20 minute ferry ride from Iseo to Monte Isola. The ferry stops first at Sensole where you can walk to
the larger village of Peschiera. The walk along the waterfront is
very pleasant and you can admire the locals gardens full of Pomegranates, lemons and Sharon fruits. It is very picturesque.
and the walk only takes around 40 minutes with plenty of places to sit down along the way. We also spotted a scarce swallowtail butterfly?
In Peschiera there are plenty of restaurants and it is the second boat stop. From here you can catch the special bus to
take you up
the mountainside every 20 minutes. From there it is a steep climb to Santauario Della Madonna Della Ceriola monastery.
It is worth the walk as the views are fantastic.
Written August 19, 2017
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia14,003 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Monte Isola was definitely on our list of places to visit on our recent stay in Sale-Marasino at Lake Iseo. This lovely small island was so easy to access by ferry from Sale-Marasino to Carzano which operates 24/7 every twenty minutes, once on the Island there is no car traffic, either explore on foot like we did or cycle. There is another ferry service from Sulzano to Perschiera Maraglio.

On the Island we had two choices for hiking, either hike the 9 kilometre perimeter or hike from Carzano up to the highest point on the Island to the Shrine of Our Lady of Ceriola down the opposite path to Perschiera Maraglio then back along the road to Carzano, which is what we chose to do.

The Island is great to explore, peaceful and with stunning views around the lake. Within the villages on the Island there are stores, cafes and restaurants to visit but we self-catered for our half day visit.
Written July 20, 2017
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maggiesimone
Rotterdam, The Netherlands23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
We went on the Iseo Lake this summer in order to pay a visit to friends of us and they brought us in Monte Isola: out of time! Please, go there.
Is a little jem in the middle on the lake where everyone who loves nature and quiteness should go. The trip on the ferryboat is amazing and once you arrive on the island you find yourself surrounded by the lake, fields, trees and silence. There aren't cars on the island and you can walk for hours and stop when you want to swim a little and then go on walking. We went to the old castle, and the view from above there was amazing.
We spent a very nice day on the island and it should be a pity be on the Lake and not go there.
Written January 29, 2016
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Italindo
Ponte dell'Olio, Italy20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Family
A beautiful island in the middle of lake of Iseo. Can be reached by small boat from Iseo and you can rent bicycles to go around the island which will take around 1 hour and there is alot of restaurants that offer fishes from the lake and the traditional side dishes which is the polenta.
Written October 29, 2015
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Harmonicaharold
Philadelphia, PA1,416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Almost all the tourist left the boat at Peschiera. Perhaps we should have too. But we got off at the next small village Carzano. We then headed north on foot towards the next port at Siviano. Unfortunately it was all uphill for half an hour to a grateful park bench where we discovered the most magnificent view. (see photo) It was another half an hour more up hill to the next village and we got there huffing and puffing. Luckily there was a lovely restaurant named Tina with an amazing terrace view and fabulous Moretti beer as compensation. The walk down to the port was easy and we were lucky to catch the last boat of the day just as we got there (around 2pm) otherwise I don't know how we would have ever gotten back to civilization. What an experience. Lesson learned: study the locale well before taking impulsive steps.
Written August 26, 2015
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getmeoutofthedrizzle
Oxford, UK35 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013
We visited Pescheria on Monte Isola by boat from Sulzano. Though the town is pretty with views of the lake it was not the "peaceful traffic free experience" described in our guide book due to the number of motorbikes. Motorbikes were driven at speed along the promenade and up narrow alleys by teenagers as well as delivery drivers, beeping at tourists. Not relaxing.
Written August 29, 2013
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Michiel d
Rescaldina, Italy31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
It’s a nice tour which takes an hour and only costs 3,50 per bike. Bring swimming clothes to take a dip in the lake when you go in summer time and temperatures rise till 30’ (we did not and regretted it ). We enjoyed the views and a nice pizza lunch. To get to the island, we took the ferry in Salzano which leaves verry freuently so you don’t have watch the time.
Written July 17, 2018
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barbino b
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
We stayed in Monte Isola for 3 days and this was a fantastic experience to visit one of the only place in the world without car traffic. Nature is fantastic. A must visit
Written December 1, 2016
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