A Day on Monte Isola: A Quaint Mountain-Island in Lake Iseo

If you thought admiring mountains from afar is enchanting, wait till you’re ambling through one.  Monte Isola (Lake Iseo, Lombardy, Italy) is the largest lake-island, not only in Italy, but in the whole of central and southern Europe. With a total area of 12.8 square kilometres, the island rises to a peak of about 600 … Continue reading A Day on Monte Isola: A Quaint Mountain-Island in Lake Iseo

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The Islands of Lake Iseo: Loretto, San Poala & Monte Isola

Lake Iseo (All You Need to Know)  is a smaller scale, less commercial version of Lake Garda.  The two lakes are around a 2-hour-drive apart. Lake Iseo is more congenial. It’s got similar breath-taking views but less traffic. More locals, less celebrity mansions. Lush green mountains and several medieval towns enclose the crystal clear lake.  The natural beauty … Continue reading The Islands of Lake Iseo: Loretto, San Poala & Monte Isola

Lovere: The Ideal Place to Stay & Explore Lake Iseo

45 minutes outside of Milan Bergamo airport there’s a little town called Lovere. It’s one of the many towns and villages around Lake Iseo. The lake is the 4th largest in Lombary, and is almost equally divided between the provinces of  Bergamo and Brescia.  The first thing that got my attention amidst the preliminary-googling-phase was the … Continue reading Lovere: The Ideal Place to Stay & Explore Lake Iseo

Erice: Medieval Town Nestled on a Mountain

Erice is an unforgettable medieval town nestled on a mountain, at around 750 metres above sea level.  While I’ve explored a number of Sicilian towns, none were as captivating as Erice.  It’s a history galore. This historic town has spectacular views: it overlooks the city of Trapani, the low western coast towards Marsala, the dramatic … Continue reading Erice: Medieval Town Nestled on a Mountain

Trapani: Gateway to Rustic Sicilian Life

Many dream of the idyllic and rural Sicilian life, imagining endless green fields, hilly backdrops, delightful pasta dishes, the signature ricotta cannoli, and of course, a variety of exquisite (and extremely affordable) wines.  Sicily has been a tantalising destination throughout history – from the ancient Greeks and Romans, right through. the modern day Italy. The … Continue reading Trapani: Gateway to Rustic Sicilian Life