Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Lombardy and the Lakes has to say about Lago d’Iseo:
“Lake Iseo is one of the least known of the Lombard lakes. Shut in by soaring mountains, it is a magnificent sight. About halfway along the lake another mountain soars right out of the water to form an island. Monte Isola is Europe’s largest lake island, at 4.28 sq km. Only the doctor, police and the priest are allowed to drive on the island, making its little fishing vil¬lage a peaceful retreat.
Perched on the lake’s northwest tip, the port town of Lovere (population 5410) is a working harbour with a higgledy-piggledy old centre and a wealth of walking trails in the hills be¬ hind it. Its cobbled old town curves around the harbour, shadowed by a leafy lakefront promenade.
With the exception of the south shore and a series of tunnels at the northeast end of the lake, the road closely hugs the water on its circuit around Lake Iseo and is especially dramatic south of Lovere.
At the southwest corner of Lago d’Iseo, is Sarnico (population 6230), with its lovely Liberty villas and a smattering of hotels and restaurants. It is placed delight¬fully on the north bank of the Oglio River, where it meets the lake.”
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
After a night on the eastern shore of Lake Como in the little town of Lierna, we headed south towards Lecco and then on towards Lago D’Iseo. We passed through a large industrial region that was strikingly ugly after the beauty of the mountains further north. I was reminded once again of my old adage – Nature Doesn’t Make Ugly – Only Humans Seem To Be Capable Of Destroying Naure.
Things changed once we began to climb into the hills again, and proceeded northeastward to the smallest of the regions lakes. The air became fresh once again, the vistas green and pleasant to the eye, and we left the heavy traffic in our wake.