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Exploring Peschiera Maraglio in Monte Isola

Hidden in the heart of Lago d'Iseo, Lake Iseo, lies Italy's hidden treasure - Monte Isola. This island remains a well-kept secret, and we adored exploring this small, intimate location. Having experienced this romantic getaway firsthand, we've crafted the perfect 2-day Monte Isola itinerary so you can plan your own trip to this unique destination.


How to Get to Monte Isola

To reach this island, take a scenic train ride to Brescia from major Italian cities. From Brescia, a short bus ride takes you to Sulzano. Once in Sulzano, a 20-minute ferry ride will take you across the water to Monte Isola.


Getting Around Monte Isola

One of the charming aspects of Monte Isola is the lack of cars. Cars are actually banned on the island and locals get around by motorcycles, mopeds, and bicycles. You can explore the island by foot or bicycle. There is also a local bus system available for convenient travel.


Where to Stay in Monte Isola

Our stay at La Foresta Monte Isola, a charming bed and breakfast, was an absolute delight. The beautiful views of Lake Iseo from our room, coupled with the hospitality of the staff, made our experience unforgettable. Don't miss the amazing Italian breakfast served each morning and the incredible on-site restaurant. We couldn't recommend staying here enough and would love to return in the future.


La Foresta Monte Isola is an intimate family owned bed and breakfast. This bed and breakfast has 10 rooms and offers private balconies with lake views. They offer an Italian breakfast every morning and have an amazing on-site restaurant.


Things to Do in Monte Isola

Hike Mount Isola

You can hike to the summit of Mount Isola for amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountains.


Explore the Village of Peschiera Maraglio

Stroll through the quaint fishing village of Peschiera Maraglio, where cobblestone streets and rustic fishing boats transport you back in time.

Exploring the village of Peschiera Maraglio in Monte Isola

Where to Eat in Monte Isola

La Foresta Monte Isola has an on-site seafood restaurant offering seasonal dishes. The experience was absolutely amazing with unforgettable food and great service. We told our server that we loved seafood and he just kept bringing delicious fresh seafood dishes for us to try. The best part was ending our meal with ice cream and olive oil!


The Perfect 2-Day Monte Isola Itinerary


Day 1:
  • Arrival in Sulzano.

  • Have lunch in Sulzano before taking the ferry to Monte Isola.

  • Check-in at La Foresta Monte Isola.

  • Settle into your accommodations and take in the beautiful views of Lake Iseo.

  • Dinner at La Foresta Monte Isola

  • Enjoy your private terrace with a bottle of wine.

Day 2:
  • Enjoy an Italian Breakfast at La Foresta Monte Isola

  • Hike to the Summit of Mount Isola

  • Pack a picnic to enjoy for lunch

  • Explore Peschiera Maraglio

  • Enjoy another dinner at La Foresta Monte Isola or another local restaurant


Takeaways


Visiting Monte Isola was a beautiful escape, discovering Italy's hidden gem in the heart of Lake Iseo. Our stay at La Foresta Monte Isola added an extra layer of charm, providing an intimate, family-owned experience with breathtaking lake views from private balconies, and an exceptional on-site restaurant. Our perfect 2-day itinerary offers a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, from hiking the summit of Mount Isola for amazing views to strolling through the timeless fishing village of Peschiera Maraglio. Our dinner at La Foresta, especially the seafood, was a highlight of our trip. If you find yourself in Monte Isola, take the opportunity to connect with the locals, make sure to stay at La Foresta, and indulge in the delicious local seafood!

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