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Monte Isola, on Lake Iseo, is the largest lake island in Italy and Southern and Central Europe. Known for hosting the artist Christo's "The Floating Piers" in 2016, the village is connected to the shores of the lake by an efficient line boat service. To circulate in the village it is possible to use only the bicycle, the only vehicle transportable on the ferries, while the residents can use mopeds or the municipal public service bus that connects all the hamlets.
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Monte Isola
Rocca Martinengo  | Swen Stroop/shutterstock.com
Rocca Martinengo
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San Paolo Island  | DARRAY/shutterstock
San Paolo Island
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The Floating Piers  | Macthia/shutterstock
The Floating Piers
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A look at Monte Isola
A look at Monte Isola

About the village

Monte Isola, on Lake Iseo, is the largest lake island in Italy and Southern and Central Europe. A true green mountain rising from the water, Monte Isola is rich in olive trees that surround the southern coast between Peschiera Maraglio and Sensole (from the Latin Sinus olis, meaning "inlet of the oil") while typically alpine tree species characterize the north and the highest parts of the mountain.

Completely wooded in antiquity, Montisola possessed a pagan temple on its top. On the island is attested to the presence of the villas of Roman epoch. In the V century A.D. it was Christianized by the Bishop Bresciano San Vigilio. In the Middle Ages it was contended by various lords, the territory was assigned by the Longobards to the monastery of San Salvatore; subsequently the Cluniac settled there a monastery and went around the year one thousand, the manufacture of networks, which flourished along the next centuries. The island saw first born agricultural villages in higher positions and, in a later epoch, fishermen villages along the coast of Lake Iseo. Toward the century XIII, in defense of the territory of Brescia, the Oldofredi family built a castle there (now Rocca Martinengo, private property).

Known for having hosted the artist Christo's “The Floating Piers” in 2016, Monte Isola is connected to the shores of the lake by an efficient scheduled boat service, whose ferries depart from Sulzano, Sale Marasino, Iseo, Lovere, Sarnico and Tavernola.
On the island it is not allowed to drive around and in each of the starting points it is possible to find a reserved parking space. To circulate in the village it is possible to use only the bicycle, the only means of transport on the ferries, while the residents can use mopeds or the municipal public service bus that connects all the villages. Once you reach the port of Peschiera Maraglio, a small fishermen's village of artisans where fishing and hunting nets are produced, you reach the small church of San Michele Arcangelo through its narrow alleys.
Between Peschiera and Siviano, above the Gulf of Sensole, stands one of the most characteristic monuments of the place, the Rocca Martinengo, an ancient castle built by the Olofredi d´Iseo in the 14th century for defensive purposes. In front of Sensole you can admire the San Paolo Island, on which a monastery once stood, while now there is a private villa in Neo-Renaissance style.
The Sanctuary of the Madonna della Ceriola is located on the top of the mountain that dominates the island, just above the suburb of Cure. Built in 1500, probably on the ruins of a chapel of the XI century.

A local characteristic consists in spreading to dry in the sun perch, the shad and bleak fish on the arches of wood; the tradition of dry the fish in the sun on suitable supports survives even in the surname Archetti, the most widespread throughout the island. Monte Isola has not only a fish dishes, in hilly surroundings in fact (in particular in Masse and in Cure) produces a coarse grain salami.

Village of Monte Isola
The Municipality of Monte Isola
Province of Brescia
Lombardy region

inhabitants: 1.754
Altitude center: 262 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Comunità montana del Sebino Bresciano

Municipality of Monte Isola
Frazione Siviano, 76 - 25050 Monte Isola BS
phone +39 0309825226

 

BY CAR

  • From Milan: Take the A51 highway and follow the Tangenziale Est direction, continue on the A4 highway, exit at Ospitaletto, continue on the SP 19 towards Concesio / Valcamonica / Paderno / Lumezzane, near Rodengo-Saiano turn onto the SS 510 / SP 510 in the direction of Edolo / Valcamonica, continue following the signs for Sale Marasino, continue for Monte Isola.
  • From Bologna: From the A14 Adriatica motorway, continue on the A1 Autostrada del Sole, follow the direction Cremona - Brescia, continue on the A21, exit at Brescia Centro, near Brescia continue on the SP BS11 towards Centro / Tangenziale Sud, exit at direction Milan / Bergamo, reach the SS 510 / SP 510, continue following the signs for Sale Marasino, continue for Monte Isola.
  • From Genoa: From the A7 highway, follow the direction to Piacenza, continue on the A21 highway, exit at Brescia Centro, near Brescia continue on the SP BS11 towards Centro / Tangenziale Sud, exit towards Milano / Bergamo, reach the SS 510 / SP 510, continue following the signs for Sale Marasino, continue for Monte Isola.
  • From La Spezia: From the Cisa A15 motorway, follow the direction of Milan, continue on the A1 Autostrada del Sole, follow the signs for Cremona, continue on the A21 motorway to Brescia Centro, near Brescia, continue on the SP BS11 in direction Centro / Tangenziale Sud, exit towards Milano / Bergamo, reach the SS 510 / SP 510, continue following the signs for Sale Marasino, continue for Monte Isola.
  • From Brescia: Take the SP BS11, exit towards Milan / Bergamo, continue on the SS 510 / SP 510, continue following the signs for Sale Marasino, continue for Monte Isola.

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  • Brescia airport
  • Bergamo airport
  • Milan Linate Airport
  • Parma airport
  • Milan Malpensa Airport

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