The “Torbiere del Sebino” Nature Reserve is a regional 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 most usual route to visit the reserve departs from the car park in the San Pietro in Lamosa Monastery in Provaglio d’Iseo. Proceed along the dirt road that lies at the foot of the walls of the monastery, cross the wooden bridge near the railway bridge and, walk along the perimeter of a cultivated field until you reach the road to Iseo. From here there is a path that opens out through the vegetation, where you can admire the first stretches of water from a roof terrace in wood.
Moving on, you come to the original entrance to the reserve, where walkways and wooden bridges suspended over the water create a circular 4 kilometre route surrounded by nature, which takes you back to the monastery.
Recommended variant: 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 complete itinerary has a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Use of walking shoes is highly recommended.
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 (car park of the 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 by telephone.
Photo by: Stefano Bonalumi, Vittorino Bono, Sergio Di Giacomo, Massimo Sartoris, Enzo Serramondi