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The magic of Lake Iseo told by National Geographic

The famous National Geographic magazine dedicated in the 2020 a long and passionate article to the Italian region of the great lakes, electing Lake Iseo and the territory of Sebino and Franciacorta as the most fascinating destination, although less involved by international tourism.

The author of the publication, Sarah Barrell, describes the magic of a winter day on Lake Iseo in close contact with local people who tell her ancient customs, such as fishing, with its traditional handmade nets and historic wooden boats, its rhythms made of rising with the cold morning climate that blows from the Alpine peaks in this season.


The article tells with a sweet poetic tone of the small villages born in the inlets of the Lake, Montisola and its history of conversion to Christianity, a moderate and very careful tourist development of this region, which we could call slow-tourism, as well as the well-known land-art work “Floating Piers” by the internationally renowned contemporary artist Christo, who died at the end of May this year.

Opera, Floating Piers, which in 2016 effectively placed Lake Iseo in the spotlight of the international public as well as put a strain on the ability of this territory to support tourism flows so large and concentrated in a few weeks.


The author makes us cross all the Sebino thanks to its flavours, scents and smells, to the colours but also to the words of the common people who have always lived in these lands and with their simple stories let shine through an enchanted world made of poor habits and at the same time rich, because authentic and handed down from generations.

Barrell does not forget the Sebino “Le Torbiere” Natural Reserve, as well as telling the power and transport that can give here nature, between snow-capped mountains, mirrored waters, charming hills and large terraces cultivated with vines from which you get the most important sparkling wine in Italy and appreciated by connoisseurs in the world: Franciacorta DOCG.


Despite its “wild” nature, in fact, man has learned to cultivate here valuable vines thanks to the optimal conformation of the territory that allow obtaining Classic Method sparkling wines of sublime quality. A moraine amphitheatre rich in minerals that shields from the cold of the Alps behind and isolates from the heat of the plains to the south, a perfect lake microclimate and a constant supply of pure water have made Franciacorta the ideal area for the flowering of family-run wineries.

There are 110 of them, all 10-15 minutes from each other, all with their own history and characterized by wonderful architecture, and all with excellent and different wine productions. In the same way, all anchored to deep roots in the artisan methodology, the classic method of making Franciacorta, for small productions and quality guaranteed by the brand of the Franciacorta Consortium.


An article, that of Barrell on the National Geographic, which pays homage with grace and loyalty to the Sebino and Lake Iseo, in which we find the beauty and sobriety that has driven us to include this territory and the Franciacorta Golf Club in many of the I4G Experiences, the golf experiences dedicated to the international public built around an idea of golf holidays in which the premium extra activities are the real focus and the first stimulus to travel.

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