Franciacorta, the land of elegant sparkling
A colourful patchwork of beautiful landscapes, the Franciacorta region is a variegated, charming and sparkling land. It is the ideal destination for anyone in search of sceneries of rare beauty and for cycling and horse riding lovers.
The Franciacorta region, which is situated just a few kilometres to the west of the historic town of Brescia, is well-renowned for its sparkling wines known as “Bollicine Franciacorta” and its picturesque Lake Iseo. Deeply immersed in the lush and green vineyards you’ll find charming castles, wonderful abbeys and fascinating old farmhouses. Driving along the many wine routes the area offers you’ll come across aristocratic families’ ancient dwellings, where many wineries have their seats.
Don’t miss out the famous Franciacorta Festival held in September: on that occasion all the wineries are open to the public for a guided tour in the cellars and for wine tasting.
While planning your trip to Franciacorta we recommend that you include a visit to the old Dominican complex of the Santissima in Gussago, the Cluniac Monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa in Provaglio d’Iseo, the medieval castle of Passirano, the Abbey in Rodengo Saiano and Monte Isola, the largest inhabited lake island in Europe listed among the “Borghi più belli d’Italia” (Italy’s most beautiful hamlets), which is also famous for its small fishing villages, for the production of fishing nets, as well as for its so called “Naecc”, typical wooden boats which are still used nowadays.
Don’t forget to try the tasty sardines of Lake Iseo, the local oil, the smoked salami of Monte Isola, the famous “Manzo all’olio” of Rovato (beef stewed in oil) and the typical “spiedo” of Gussago (spit roast, the typical Brescian dish).
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