Monte Isola - Best European Destination 2019

Not surprisingly, in 2019, Monte Isola has been nominated for the title of best European destination, along with 20 other cities such as Rome, Florence, Brussels, and London, just to name a few. This nomination is the icing on the cake in the wake of the great path of tourist renewal which has been the protagonist of Lake Iseo in the last few years. These past 2 years have brought important events of artistic value, such as the Floating Piers designed by Christo, which were able to attract a multitude of spectators and at the same time to revive tourism in the area to even higher heights.

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Speaking of heights, it is worth knowing that Monte Isola, located in the middle of Lake Iseo, has an altitude that reaches almost 600 meters above sea level. It is the largest lake island in Europe. A green mountain where cars are banned, where the only means of transport are public, except for motorbikes that are exclusively reserved for residents. Getting to Monte Isola is simple. Thanks to the constant connections between Sulzano and Peschiera, it takes just a few minutes to leave the mainland and immerse yourself in a place where time seems to stand still.

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Monte Isola gives the impression of a small town, where everyone knows each other. A microcosm that also affects the large presence of children and young people, who every morning take the school bus (or the ferry) to go to school: a sign that the community, despite the detached position from the mainland, is constantly growing. Within Monte Isola there are 12 hamlets, ranging from Siviano to Peschiera Maraglio, passing through Carzano and Porto di Siviano. On the island, ancient manufacturing activities are still carried out such as the manufacture of fishing nets and fishing on small boats called Naet, a true symbol of Lake Iseo.

Photo by Alessandro Vecchi

Once on the island it is worth visiting the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Ceriola, above the hamlet of Cure, at the top of the mountain overlooking the island. The structure dates back to the 15th century and inside it is possible to observe frescoes from the 16th century as well as precious paintings by artists of the time. Our advice is to take your time and take a walk with the opportunity to closely observe what remains of the island’s farming culture, found in arcades, courtyards, farm tools, and small churches on the road that still bear the sign of time.

Photo by Falk Lademann

In case you have already visited Monte Isola and want to vote it as the best European destination of 2019, you can click on the link below.
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