A lovely place to visit within easy reach of Bergamo is Sarnico on Lago Iseo.
It takes less than an hour to drive or go by bus to the elegant little town, which is 27 kilometres from Bergamo.
It is on the edge of what is perhaps Italy’s most romantic and lesser known lake. Lago Iseo is in a beautiful setting among the mountains and has the spectacular Monte Isola, the biggest lake island in Europe, at its centre.
Sarnico is at the foot of the lake on its western shore, where it joins the Fiume Oglio (River Oglio.)
It is pleasant to walk along Via Garibaldi at the side of the lake and admire the views and there is also a medieval town centre to explore. If you walk along Via Lantieri (below), which is off Piazza Umberto, you will see architectural reminders of the middle ages such as narrow alleyways and passages under arcades.
Call at the Tourism Information Office at number 6 Via Lantieri and ask for a free map and a list of the main sights.
There are buses to Sarnico every hour from the bus station in Via Bartolomeo Bono in Bergamo which will take you to the Municipio (Town Hall) in Viale Roma. From there it is a short walk down to the side of the lake.
A MAGICAL PLACE
Bergamo’s beautiful upper town, the Città Alta (pictured above), is a magical place well worth visiting. Use this website to help you plan your trip to Bergamo in Northern Italy and find your way to some of the other lovely towns and villages in Lombardia that are perhaps less well known to tourists.