Welcome to Monte Isola
The towering island at the south end of Lake Iseo is easily the lake's most striking feature and merits an effort to get to know. Francesco Sforza granted the people of Monte Isola special fishing rights in the 15th century. Its people, whose ancestors may have lived here in Roman times, were also known for their handmade fishing nets. Perched on Europe's biggest lake island (4.28 sq km), they were largely self-sufficient in basic land produce. A handful of villages are scattered around the island. From Carzano, in the northeast (where many boats land), you can climb rough stairs to scattered rural settlements and follow a path to the top of the island (599m). The town hall is in Siviano, on the northwest shore. A 15km trail allows you to walk or cycle right around the island.