Admiring the foliage on Lake Iseo: The 6 most magical walks

Did you know that spending the weekend or a few hours outdoors is good for your health? Science says so!

Nature is a real antidote to stress and autumn is the most colourful season of the year! The green of spring and summer is slowly giving way to a rainbow of colours.

Here comes autumn!

Close your eyes and imagine. You are walking on a carpet of leaves. You can hear the crunch with every step. In the air, there is the smell of undergrowth, mushrooms, and chestnuts. The wind whistles lightly through the golden foliage of the trees. The thousands of shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown create postcard landscapes.

No, it is not a dream. It’s magic. Welcome to Lake Iseo!

If autumn has awakened in you (as it has in us) the desire to immerse yourself in nature, here are 6 excursions suitable for everyone to admire the wonder of foliage in Lombardy.

Whether in company, with the family, as a couple or on your own, these walks will give you a mix of emotions that you will find hard to forget!

Are you ready? Let’s go!


Searching for chestnuts on Europe's largest lake island: Towards the Ceriola Sanctuary

What could be better than a walk through the woods in search of chestnuts? A fun and carefree activity that both adults and children can enjoy.

The itinerary winds through small villages and unspoilt nature, which is dressed in its best Autumnal shades thanks to the foliage. A gentle, peaceful walk that will take you to the summit of Monte Isola where the Ceriola Sanctuary stands: the most panoramic point on the entire island.

Remember, don’t forget a pair of strong gloves and a bag where you can stow your haul of chestnuts!


Listening to the sound of the pastures: the Bossico plateau

In a small village with a population of fewer than one thousand inhabitants, set off to discover fabulous views overlooking Lake Iseo and the surrounding valleys.

In autumn, the plateau is transformed into a fairytale landscape: savour the scent of leaves and damp earth, and let yourself be lulled by the ringing of the cowbells of grazing cows.

Feel the need to stop and unplug? Make your way to ‘Meditation Corner’, a quiet place where you can feel at ease. Discover basic relaxation techniques and let yourself be rocked in one of the hammocks available in the forest.

Photo Pro Loco Bossico


Submerged trees: the Taxodi foliage in Paratico

Enjoy a short walk in this fairytale natural oasis waiting to be discovered! This is the Taxodi Park: a landscape dotted with conifers native to North America.

You will be amazed by these plants that plunge into the water and give shelter to a particular species of birds: the grey heron.

After your visit, venture out onto the streets of Sarnico, one of the capitals of Art Nouveau in Italy and a Touring Club Orange Flag. There is nothing better than a hot chocolate or a good glass of wine after a walk out in the fresh air!

Are you impressed by the beauty of these water trees? Get on your bike and admire them up close along the cycle path from Predore to the Tavernola tunnels.


Hiking above a carpet of coloured leaves: towards Monte Aguina

Starting from Zone, the village of the Erosion Pyramids, you can venture on a breathtaking walk among the magnificent autumn colours of nature. A hike suitable for the whole family within the magnificent forest setting that gently ascends towards Monte Aguina.

What better way to round off a hike than with a nice warm meal in front of the fireplace? You should know that Zone is known for its gastronomy with tasty traditional recipes based on mushrooms and local game.


Breathtaking sunsets: towards the Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Giogo

As the sun goes down, the sky is ablaze with the most beautiful colours, and the sunsets are tinged with pink: it is difficult to visit this place without feeling some emotion.

An ancient sanctuary, managed over the centuries by Benedictine monks to accommodate wayfarers, today it is the ideal place to rest or have a picnic. Here tranquillity and landscape come together to provide complete well-being.

Fancy an aperitif? Have it with friends in the trattoria near the church!


Cycling through the vineyards: The hills of Franciacorta

Vineyard hills, ancient villages, castles, and medieval towers: This is Franciacorta!
Discover it in autumn.

The splendid rolling territory offers several routes that you can comfortably cover in half a day: you can ride through the vineyards of Mount Orfano, the villas of Erbusco and its rows of vines, Borgonato with its ancient villages, set out to discover the waterfalls near Monticelli Brusati and visit the Monastery of S. Pietro in Lamosa.

After a long ride, it is time to indulge yourself in a treat for the palate. Visit one of the many wine cellars dotted along the route and discover the stories of local families and the tradition of a world-famous wine: Franciacorta DOCG.