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me and mollyFor all of those who are interested in purchasing lake front properties and want to know what’s available on Lake Iseo, here are just a few of the interesting proposals that we have to offer you this month.
Lake front properties are always desirable not only for their vicinity to the lake but also for the convenience to the proximity of the local towns. Often a car is not needed to reach the local town and services, which is a comfort to those who are looking to leave the car at home for the holidays. Some towns equipped with both rail and ferry services around the lake, gives holiday makers time to kick off and really relax without getting caught in the holiday traffic jams.

Here are some of the occasions on offer this month:-

In the town of Iseo and in a lovely position in the old port area, with lake views are these 2 one bedroom apartments that are adjacent to each other. A great investment as they are ready to go, furnished and with parking included. Anyone who knows Iseo town knows the difficulty of finding lake front properties with parking. The good thing about these properties are you can use them and rent them out as short term holiday lets for the many tourists that visit the area each year at a very good return. Here is the link to these properties:-

Occasion for investment – Iseo Town Center – Lake View…

For those who like the town of Sulzano, we have 2 apartments here that fit that criteria, the first is a one bedroom apartment with terrace overlooking the lake and 2 mins walk to the town center. This comes with a private parking space and a storage area, here is the link:-

Sulzano – Directly on the lake – walking distance to…

The other is a two bedroom apartment, LAKE FRONT in a small residence with swimming pool and private parking with views of the breathtaking island of Montisola.

Sulzano – Characteristic Apartment Directly On The Lake – Pool

Both are good investment properties as they can be given to the Hotel Riva Lago to be managed and rented out, guaranteeing an income all year round.

If on the other hand you prefer to be on the Bergamo side of the lake why not take a look at these apartments in the town of Sarnico in a residence with pool and quayside, with lake views and just a 5 minute walk into the town, all with parking and separate storage as well as a concierge service included as part of the community fees.

Here are the links:

Sarnico – Two Bedroom First Floor Apartment – Lake Front…

Sarnico – Lake Front Residence – 2 Bedroom Ground Floor…

Sarnico – Overlooking the lake – One bedroom apartment

If it’s a house you are looking for then check this one out in the town of Sarnico directly on the lake front:-

Sarnico – Single 3 Storey House situated in the town…

If the tranquil location of Predore is more to your liking then these three properties may suit you more, very central, directly on the lake and the port and walking distance to the town and facilities:-

Predore – Directly on the lake – 2 Bedroom Luxury…

Predore – Lake Front First Floor 3 Bedroom Apartment –…

Predore – Impossible to find apartment directly on the lake…

If a larger town like Lovere is more your taste then look no further we have these brand new properties in the town center, with lake views, modern and spacious, take a look at these links:-

Lovere – Central – Brand New One bedroom Unit

Lovere – Brand new residence – very central – Lake…

Lovere – Residence Bersaglio – Last Apartments Available

Dreamhomes has been satisfying clients property needs in this area for over ten years and they have a large selection of properties to offer on their website on all towns around the lake, if you don’t find what you are looking for, contact them and let them know what it is you are interested in and they will forward proposals onto you that suit your property criteria and budget. Better still sign up for one of their viewings, they will prepare an itinerary of properties that suit both your criteria and budget and will customize a visit for you free of charge.


Extreme Sports on Lake Iseo

me and mollyMany of you who have already visited this lake probably think it’s a quiet place with very little to do, well that would be a mistake as this little’ole lake has quite a lot going on.  The company ‘You can do it’ run by Alpine Guides and experts of this area, Ruggero Andreoli and Franz Carrara have some fantastic activities for the dare devil and adrenaline junkies out there.

Why not try Canyoning, exciting and breaktaking experiences through the many intriguing caves and valleys of the Bergamascan and Brescian mountains, you will just need  a towel and a pair of trainers and they take care of the rest. If that’s not daring enough for you there’s the adventurous via-ferrato climbing routes with its treacherous drops but fantastic back drops of the lake and mountains………. Alright for those who don’t suffer from heights…..or there is alpine trekking through the glaciers and high peaks of the mountains or just plain climbing up the mountain if you like. There again you could try one of their trekking programmes which will take you around the panoramic mountains and valleys with its hidden views and secrets, that everybody can do.  For more information and their full itinerary check out their website www.rogeradventure.it

For those who like to be up in the clouds you could try the amazing experience of Paragliding in tandem with the experts of ‘Air Activities’ they will take you over the most amazing panoramas of the lake and mountains or why not try their tandem aircraft programme  over Lake Iseo or Lake Garda. More information on their website www.volosportivosebino@gmail.com

In the tiny fishing village of Predore, did you know that there were a Roman baths which can be visited from April to September on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the evening from 18.00 to 20.00 and on Sunday mornings from 9.00 to 13.00. For a guided visit you can contact them direct on +39 338 1744582

If you just want to relax and discover the food and wine, you could visit one of the many wine yards and taste some fantastic wines. Not to miss is the vineyard of ‘Ca del Bosco’ and ‘ Bellavista’ a full itinerary can be arranged through ‘ Strada del vino di Franciacorta’ by contacting them at www.franciacorta.net

Or if relaxing is on your itinerary then why not chill out in the Thai Spa in the Cocca hotel on Lake Iseo in the town of Sarnico, where you can try one of their many specialized Thai massages www.coccahotel.com

Iseo express run a transfer service from Milan-Bergamo airport to Lake Iseo and Lake Endine, its easy, cheap and quick – check out www.iseoexpress.it  or if you want to have a personal driver and unique experience you could contact Marco Moraschi at www.iseotaxi.it – he speaks perfect English and would be able to entertain you with his wit and humour throughout your whole trip.

Madeleine Morgan 21st October 2016


Lake Iseo – Did you know?

foto of ElsDid you know that Lake Iseo also known as Sebino was formed by the erosion of an alpine glacier and was named after the Goddess Isis or Odysseus – therefore known as (‘ Lago di Odisseo’)

In 2005 an extensive underground labyrinth was discovered, stretching from Lake Endine to Lake Iseo. A small group of cavers came across a rock crevice (the size of a 2 euro coin) in the Fonteno valley from which particularly cold air was being emitted. Immediately they realized that something was hidden under there so they decided to dig a hole. Soon they found themselves facing what is now called the Abyss Bueno Fonteno – a gaping chasm of 18 kilometers by 500 meters. Further exploration led to the discovery of the largest cave in the Bergamo area and among the top twenty in Italy. Fairly recently another cave was discovered and named Nueva Vida. It turns out this cave is connected to Bueno Fonteno and together they make for forty kilometers of galleries, falling to depths up to 600 meters and even a third lake. Amazing: so between Lake Iseo and Lake Endine, in the Val Cavallina a third underground lake..is concealed.

Boario Terme, to the north of Lake Iseo, was established as a spa towards the end of the eighteenth century with the construction of the Casino Boario. Here they administered “healthy water magnesium and iron vitrinolate” The first mention of “medicinal springs” can be attributed to Father Gregorio Brunelli (Vallecamonica – 1698), but the therapeutic properties of thermal springs had been known since the fifteenth century. In the second half of the 19th century Boario Terme became a health resort and fashionable meeting place for the rich middle class: the “Ancient Water Source” it even appeared in the shops of Milan’s and many chemists. Today, thanks to the presence of four different mineral water sources, Boario is one of the most unique thermal centres of Italy and offers a wide range of treatments that cure various ailments.

Mount Trentapassi not only features in several paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, it is also home to a yearly event in Spring called the Skyrace. The Skyrace is all about skyrunning – running in the mountains over extremely technical trails – with lengths that exceed over 18 kilometers. Departing from Marone athletes face two kilometers of flat land. In the subsequent 3.5 kilometers they will go up to 1050 meters. Reaching the top of the Corna Trentapassi (1250 meters above sea level) the trail then falls in the direction of Zone alternating stretches of descent from extreme to just difficult which will test the legs of any athlete.

Near the town of  Solto Collina, located at an altitude between 350 and 700 meters above sea level, this natural reserve of about 70 ha boasts a wide variety of plant species (among which edelweiss, gentians and rhododendron) that are normally found at 1000 meters and more often at 1500 meters of height. This is due to a micro-thermal phenomenon that takes place with the emission of freezing air from some “cold holes” or gorges in the ground. The Natural Reserve is also the perfect place for birdwatching, thanks to the 28.000 species of birds living in this environment. The site can be visited only on Saturdays and Sundays in May, June and July. The entrance is free.

The Antica Strada Valeriana (Cai path 291) was the only route to Valle Camonica for many thousands of years. Fully revamped and reinstated for tourism purposes, the route is today a harmonious encounter between landscape, art and history. The route runs along the hinterland of the eastern shore of the lake, from Pilzone d’Iseo to Pisogne (there is a project in progress to extend it as far as Monticelli Brusati and Ome), passing through the territories of Sulzano, Sale Marasino, Marone and Zone. The trip is extraordinarily stunning because there are always views of Lake Iseo and the surrounding mountains. The route is indicated at junctions and intersections by information boards, arrows and a yellow and brown coloured V.  The Antica Strada Valeriana is also cited as the ‘Route of Spiritual Devotion’. The presence of churches, shrines, monasteries and chapels is in fact quite extraordinary; they were used in the past to provide assistance and refreshment to travelers and pilgrims.

Lake Iseo is not known for its beaches. However, a particularly nice one can be found near the town of Iseo. It is a public beach of  around 2000 m2, a green oasis within walking distance from the historic town centre, and features a good restaurant.

The Valcamonica has a wealth of rock art left by its inhabitants during thousands of years of history that has stayed almost intact. The rocks, from a geological point of view, are Permian sandstones, formed in the last period of the Palaeozoic age, the Permian (280-225 million years ago). Huge bulks of debris were carried by powerful rivers in that age and slowly piled up in continental basins where the combined action of time, mechanical and chemical reactions turned them into stones. The subsequent geological events (elevations and erosions) shaped them. On these rocks the first dwellers of the Valcamonica begun to carve the signs of their thought and spirituality.There are a lot of rocks to see in the park, all with several themes and engraved in different periods.

Located in a clay reservoir, the Pyramids are hoodoos (also known as tent rocks, earth or erosion pyramids, or fairy chimneys), which result from prolonged erosion.  Layers of clay are washed away all around boulders, with the latter protecting the clay deposit directly underneath them. Year after year of such erosion has left a surreal landscape marked by boulders perched on top of spindly towers of clay, some reaching as high as 30 meters (98 feet). The scenery can be taken in from the road, but it is worthwhile venturing down the steep trail that snakes through the Pyramids.  Although part of the trail can be challenging, it is relatively short, and it could be completed in 30 minutes.  However, allow at least one hour for appreciating the spectacle from down below.  Bear in mind that the site is in continuous change due to erosion, and caution must be taken when walking under the Pyramids.

Il Treno dei Sapori is a multisensorial journey through the railway Brescia-Edolo. It is about experiencing the taste of delicious food and wines while admiring the beauties of Valcamonica’s, Franciacorta’s and Iseo lake’s landscapes and the natural, artistic, historic and cultural richness of the area.  Il Treno dei Sapori is made of a vintage locomotive from the early ‘900s and two fully equipped modern wagons provided with air conditioning, multimedia devices, external cameras and audio-visual systems to show its passengers real time outlooks. Dedicated to slow travel Il Treno dei Sapori offers more than ten different itineraries led by expert guides and certified sommeliers. It runs on Sundays and festive days and can be booked through http://trenodeisapori.area3v.com/en/book-online

Elisa Di Solto – 27th November 2016

 


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