The “Torbiere del Sebino” Nature Reserve is a Lombardy Region Reserve located on the south shore of Lake Iseo and is the most significant wetland in size and ecological importance in the province of Brescia.
It covers an area of 360 hectares, mainly composed of reed beds and ponds surrounded by cultivated fields, roads and houses. It includes: the “Lame” (wide areas of water features profiled by banks following the excavation of a peat deposit), the Small “Lame” (a type of peat lagoon north of the lake), some basins to the south and west (result of excavation of clay deposits, reaching depths of up to 10-15 meters, with a much clearer appearance and where it is still possible to fish), some meadows and cultivated fields.
The reserve is protected and any form of disturbance to wildlife and damage to vegetation is prohibited; it is also prohibited to enter with animals, throw garbage in the area and leave the indicated trails.
The complete tour of the Reserve is 9 km and it is indicated by the signs “Northern Route” and “Southern Route”, visitors can choose in which direction to begin.
The Reserve is accessible only on foot every day of the year, including holidays, from sunrise to sunset. By bicycle, entry is allowed only on the southern route, part of the Brescia-Paratico cycle path.
There are three access points: in Corte Franca (from the car park of the shopping centre), in Iseo (opposite the town soccer pitch near the Visitor’s Centre) and in Provaglio d’Iseo (San Pietro in Lamosa Monastery).
The entrance fee is € 1.00 per person, with tickets available from vending machines placed at the entrances. Groups of more than eight people must book a guided tour.
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