To get to Rocca Martinengo go to Menzino and look for the path towards Sensole. After only a few metres climb you will arrive at the Castle.
There’s a legend surrounding the castle that tells of a tyrant feudal lord of the castle, who continuously scanned the lake and struck any boats that would not lower their sail in salute with his cannon.
IL SANTUARIO DELLA MADONNA DELLA CERIOLA
It’s located at over 600 m above sea level and placed on a rocky outcrop, in one of the most impressive sights of the island. To get to the Sanctuary you start from Senzano and you need to walk for around 40 minutes.
The poet Emilia Belli conjures the Sanctuary in the final verses of her poem dedicated to it:
“And the white temple that – if the day fades – seems to rebel against shadows, the green coast still laughing, silent flutter the stars.”
This is a picturesque village with a pretty marina where the naèt are moored, the typical boat of the lake Iseo fishermen.
To reach Siviano, follow the coast from Peschiera, or reach it by boat, landing in Porto. The village is located on one of the rises of the island and allows enjoying the wonderful view of the Bergamo coast.
Sensole can be reached by food travelling along a busy coastal road from Peschiera Maraglio with many picnic areas among the olives and the many bars and restaurants.
Carzano is a small village made up of ancient fishermen’s houses. This location is the best for admiring the small island of Loreto and the coast of the Alto Sebino, the upper part of the lake.
ISOLA DI LORETO
This is the lake’s smallest island, located to the north of Monte Isola. The Island of Loreto is private property. In the 1400s a convent for the sisters of Santa Chiara was built. Today there is a beautiful neo-gothic style castle with an evergreen park and the marina. The island can be visited with an organised tour, and there are boats departing for organised tours. Go to our page “How to find us”!
ISOLA DI SAN PAOLO
Located to the south of Monte Isola. The island is private property. Here lived fishers, monks and noblemen. It is said that a large monastery was built but in 1700, when the island became private property, the monastery and church were completely destroyed. In 1912 it was bought by the Basilio family who built a large villa. The Island of San Paolo can also be visited with a boat tour. Go to our page “How to find us”!
"A mountain in the middle of the lake...”
This is how Monte Isola was described when it was the property of the Most Serene Republic of Venice.
A link between land and lake which is still alive has always characterised this island’s daily life and even its economy. Originating from these elements was the construction of wooden boats, the art of fishing net making and fish drying techniques. Activities that still today characterise the Island. Today Monte Isola, thanks to the beauty of its landscape, protection of the environment and the traditions that are still alive, has been included among Italy’s most beautiful Villages.
There’s nothing left but to wish you a pleasant stay!