Set on the dramatic southern shore of Lake Iseo, Iseo is one of the Italian Lakes’ best-kept secrets. It's seen far less fame than towns on the larger lakes, making it a great option for an authentic Italian escape.
Set beneath forest-cloaked hills, Iseo is still a relatively small town with an atmospheric historic centre and a pretty harbour close by. At the heart of the town is the Garibaldi Square, a bustling piazza ringed by cafes and town houses. Duck down the side streets to seek out cosy restaurants and craft shops, and make sure you check out the local market – held each Friday in the square. There are plenty of dining options in Iseo, too, including lake-view restaurants and traditional gelaterie.
When it comes to exploring further afield, Iseo is only a short drive from Brescia, one of the region’s most beautiful cities. Bergamo is also within easy reach.
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Lines open: Monday to Saturday 09:00 to 17:30, Bank Holidays 10:00 to 16:00.
The closest airport to Lake Iseo is Verona (VRN). Direct flights to Verona are available from Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Glasgow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton and take approximately 2 hours.
When to go
Lake Iseo is a summer destination, with the season generally running from April to October. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August and this is when the towns are at their busiest. Iseo also enjoys a mild climate in spring and autumn with temperatures rarely going beneath 20 degrees, which makes it perfect for visiting at the beginning or end of season; especially if you want to avoid large crowds.
At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.
Whilst tipping isn’t embedded into Italian culture it is always appreciated as an acknowledgement of good service. Nowadays people generally round up a bill in a bar or cafe and leave 5-10% extra on a restaurant bill. Taxi bills are usually also rounded up.
On guided tours/excursions it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide.
On small group escorted tours, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation the driver and guide at the end of the tour.
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