Second travel week arrived. M had to work during the week, so we decided to bracket a Germany trip for me with two weekend adventures. The outbound was Lago d'Iseo - an absolutely wonderful destination. We left the autostrade at Breschia and drove up through the Franciacorta wine country. Lago d'Iseo is one of the glacial lakes in northern Italy. Its particular claim is the island in the middle. Our plan was to ferry across to the island and go hiking.
The evening turned rainy, so we took refuge in the town of Iseo at a recommended restaurant. An amazingly cute place, Osteria Melone is a small Italian restaurant run by a Japanese couple. It seems a favorite of the locals. When we first arrived, there were several of the elder men of the town gathered for wine. So typical. The food was excellent and I am now a convert to the Franciacorta wine. I can not praise it enough.
Franciacorta - Excellent
The next morning, we awoke with the clouds lifting. A view from our terrace across to the island showed our destination, the church at the top of the island. What a surprise - it is Italy, there is a high point of land, and there is a church.
We took the ferry across to the island and began our hike up through the little villages.
Crossing to the island
The trails were well-marked and each village had its own aerial display.
Elegant Hiking Map
I was left wondering, however, exactly what dangers we might encounter on the paths in the woods
Path In The Woods - Danger
The view from the top was truly outstanding.
View back toward our hotel