A Team Building adventure

A Team Building adventure

The mountain rises out of the lake and looms ever larger as the boat makes its final approach. There is a sense of anticipation in the air. What will we be doing today? Will we make it to the top? How will my team perform?

Christo's Floating Piers

Christo's Floating Piers

This was a once in a lifetime event - 1.5 million visitors came to Lake Iseo over a two week period. I had watched as Christo's team assemble the pieces of the peer but the sight of bright orange lines stretching across the lake to the island still took me by surprise. 

But nothing could prepare me for the delight of stepping onto the masterpiece. There was a gentle, undulating wave motion as we walked across the water and the soft tissue felt great under bare feet. People all around were smiling and in a state of play. 

See more about the project here: www.thefloatingpiers.com

Beautiful Natural Spot

Beautiful Natural Spot

This is the first of a series of secret spots that I’ll be posting over the coming months. Each one is located only a few minutes from Northern Italy’s least known Italian Lake: Lago Iseo. A secret lake’s secret spots – nice. 

I’ve chosen to call them secrets for two reasons: one because of their rare beauty and two because, after six years of living in this area, either I never knew they existed or the locals I’ve spoken to still don’t know they exist – or at least have never visited them.

This first spot satisfies both of these criteria in abundance. It is stunning – a hidden Amazonian forest waterfall just 5 minutes’ walk away from my home. It is barely out of sight and sound of the main Brescia – Val Camonica highway that bridges the river’s valley. Thousands pass overhead each day without ever imagining that just below is a place of outstanding natural beauty. This adds to its charm and is the reason that, of all the secrets, I’ve chosen it as #1.

It is located just a few minutes’ walk up from Sulzano, along the main valley that leads to Nistisino and Santa Maria del Giogo. The waterfall itself is 10m high and is nestled in a tropical microclimate full of dense vegetation, vined walls and sense of other worldliness. Alternatively, it can be reached by turning downhill off the Strada Valeriana just before the road reaches the main highway’s Sulzano exit.

5 reasons why Lake Iseo is the best place to camp in Northern Italy

5 reasons why Lake Iseo is the best place to camp in Northern Italy

If you are considering a Southern European camping trip and are still not convinced you’ve found the right place consider Lake Iseo: the North Italian Lake that offers something unique and off the beaten track. Although the area is rich in cultural heritage and history I have chosen to focus on the following five reasons to come camping here: It is beautiful; it has great facilities; there are lots of things to do; the food and wine is excellent and it is easy to get to. 

Cultural Bike Tour

Cultural Bike Tour

There are castles, convents and villas dotted all around Franciacorta and the Lake Iseo area. Many of the churches in and around Iseo Town have some remarkable and little known art. There are also a number of museums that are well worth a visit (these will be listed soon). The itinerary below can be done in less than a day and gives a glimpse of the hidden history of the Franciacorta area. The numbers correspond to those on the maps. See the bottom of th epage for a general map.