Travel Diaries 028: Monte Isola, the Undiscovered Gem of the Italian Lakes District

Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
When asked about my favourite undiscovered spots in Italy, Monte Isola is high on my list of recommendations. It’s not hard to see why: it’s virtually car-free, boasts some truly amazing restaurants, offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, a cat sanctuary (!!!) and is only really visited by Italians. Located in the province of Brescia, it is on an island of the same name in the middle of Lake Iseo. To get there, you’ll need to catch a ride on the ferry that departs from multiple locations on the lake and runs from early morning till late at night.

Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn




Cats!

Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Cats!!

Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
CATS!!!!

Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
I jumped on the ferry at Sale Marasino, a small town located about 5 minutes away from my beloved Marone. The ferry ride to the island takes less than 10 minutes and is a really beautiful journey as you sail across the still water in the gorgeous summer breeze.

Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola is quite small, and would most likely take less than 3 hours to walk around the entire island if you felt so inclined. Me? I’m a wanderer, so I meandered lazily along the shore, enjoying the view of the setting sun as I looked for a restaurant for dinner. You’re really spoiled for choice here, almost every restaurant boasts a menu of food local to the area, and many serve fish caught from the surrounding lake. You’ll want to look out for a pasta dish called casoncelli: a kind of stuffed pasta (similar to ravioli), typical of the north-central part of Italy, typically served with burro e salvia (melted butter flavoured with sage leaves). It’s utterly delicious and absolutely must be sampled while you’re in the area.

Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
My restaurant of choice was Ristorante al Castello, a hidden spot up a flight of stairs. It opens up onto a beautiful grassy area that offers a beautiful view of the lake and beyond, truly the perfect spot to enjoy your dinner and a glass of wine. While I was there, an Italian couple were surveying it as a potential reception area for their wedding; it’s that pretty. And as with most restaurants in the area, the price is quite reasonable.

Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and ThornMonte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
As you leave, you’ll be guided by fairy lights twinkling in the trees to find your way back to the path. And if you’re as lucky as I am, you’ll be #blessed enough to catch a vibrant pink sunset as you walk back to the ferry. 

Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
Monte Isola, Italy, Summer, Europe, Bramble and Thorn
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