Lake Iseo Italy's Secret Treasure
|Address||Via Cappellania, 24060 Fonteno, Italy|
Being overlooked by its most famous "cousins" Como and Garda Lake, our lake remains mainly unknown even to italian mass tourism. The advantage is that the area is still unspoilt and that the touristic offer is not made "only" for tourists, but for locals as well.
Fonteno is located on the hills above Iseo Lake (northern Italy) in the Lake District in Lombardy, near Bergamo, Milan, Brescia and Orio al Serio, Italy's most important low-cost airport.
The house dates back to the beginning of 1600, but don't panic, it was completely restored.
It is on three floors:
- at the ground floor there is the kitchen which opens on a small garden. There is a porch with a table where we usually eat outside;
- at the first floor there is a bedroom and a bathroom;
- at the second floor there is the master bedroom, another small bedroom (bunk bed) and the bathroom.
There are stairs and a pebble street to get to the house, and the house itself is on three floors (spiral staircase), therefore it is unfortunately not suitable for wheel chairs.
The house is in a sunny position, central in the village, near two food shops (150 mt).
We have neighbors (the pink house you see on the photos), they are a young couple with two children, and they are very kind and helpful. The house and the garden are separated from the neighbours, every house has its own garden.
For relaxing outside, we have a hammock, deck chairs and barbecue. And the view on the lake and the mountains, of course.
------> The house is in the historical centre of the village and it has no direct access by car. There is plenty of parking places nearby, all free of charges.
You will have to walk 150 metres from the parking (two minutes).<---------
DESCRIPION OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
Fonteno is a small village and it is called "the lake balcony" as it offers unforgettable views on the lake. The village is extremely quiet and is very happily located, being exactly 7 km from Iseo Lake and 7 km from Endine Lake. On both lakes you can find touristic villages and activities, restaurants, cafès, you can go fishing, rent a pedal boat, or windsurfing, sailing,or relax on the small beaches.
In few minutes you can reach Lovere (included in " I borghi più belli d'Italia" Italy's most beautiful small villages www.borghitalia.it) and Sarnico, or Bergamo and Brescia.
In one hour and a half you are in Milan, and in three in Venice. Orio al Serio airport, Italy's most important low-cost airport, is only 39 km away. The motorway is also 30 minutes away.
In the Iseo Lake there is Montisola (or Monte Isola, it means Mount Island), which is the biggest lake island in Europe. In Montisola cars are not allowed, only the doctor has one, but you can hire a bike or use the local (mini)bus. Or simply walk, as we usually do. In Montisola there are many lovely and romantic restaurants and it seems that time has stopped in the small fishing villages of the island.
Try a one-day or one-night cruise on the lake with dinner and music! http://www.navigazionelagoiseo.it/
In Lovere there is a windsurf and sailing school and it is possible to hire the equipment for windsurfing. On Endine Lake you can hire pedal boats and canoes.
In Fonteno there are two cafès, two small food shops, the post office, three playgrounds for children, two hotels/restaurants and two agriturismo (rural restaurants in farms); on the whole territory there is plenty of restaurants.
Fonteno is a great place for hiking. Directly from the door you will be able to follow the many paths which will take you to our mountains with great views on the lake.
You can reach several interesting places:
Lago Iseo 5 min, Lago Endine 5 min, Montisola (ferry at 7 km), Franciacorta (world famous wine district), Valcalepio (wine district), Lovere 15 min, Sarnico 20 min, Iseo
Bergamo (Bergamo is wonderful, it is one of the more underestimated cities in Italy).
In a one day trip you can reach: Milan, Venice, Mountain and skying facilities, Verona, Garda Lake.
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