About Lake Iseo and Franciacorta
Legend holds that a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis gave its name to the town and lake which the Romans called Sebino. The lake comes seventh in the league table of Italian lakes. It is S-shaped and you could drive its perimeter in half a day − though you would see little apart from spectacular scenery; so we suggest you set aside up to two days to do justice to the best places to visit. A score of picturesque fishing villages lines its shores, with a back-drop of brooding, misty mountains, the final southbound thrust of the Alps.
To the south, between Lake Iseo and the autostrada, lies the Franciacorta region. Once an uninhabitable marsh, it is now a verdant plain, noted for the production of quality wine. Two golf courses, a sports centre and a new water-based pleasure park provide outdoor entertainment. There are waymarked trails for walkers and cyclists.
The area is a delightful mixture of old and new. Old towns are mazes of twisting cobbled alleyways; rustic trattorie compete with glitzy cafés and discotheques. Shops offer antiques and traditional crafts: beaten copperwork and wrought iron. Across the street, the latest designer fashions from Milan are on show. You can make numerous excursions and cruises.