Endine is particularly charming during springtime. Motor boats
are forbidden, so you may enjoy the quiet pleasure of a
pedal-boat or canoe, which can be easily rented. In the small
villages surrounding the lake you can find many churches and
medieval castles, rich in works of art.
Spinone al Lago is also a wonderful place to visit. You may
rent a boat for the water view, or simply relax in one of the
many beautiful restaurants.
Other villages worth mentioning include Monasterolo del
Castello, well-known for its castle dating from the
thirteenth-century and Endine Gaiano with its remarkable
At the bottom of the valley you can discover a small hidden
lake called Lake Gaiano. Surrounded by thick beds of reeds and
dotted with water-lilies, it is a wonderful spot for nature
lovers and bird-watchers. With binoculars you may see
garganeys, mallards, coots, water-hens, great crested grebes,
and herons. To appreciate the lake walk down the mule tracks
going from Endine and the right shore up to Ranzanico.
Continue up the tracks from here to Bianzano where you can
find the marvellous fourteenth-century Suardi castle.
Lovere is a very interesting town with museums, historic
churches, and Iseo Lake (in the middle of which is Monte Isola,
the biggest lake island in Europe). Trescore Balneario is 13
km. away and home to refreshing natural mineral waters.
There are lots of panoramic paths from which you can enjoy an
amazing view over the underlying lake Endine, the upper side
of lake Iseo, the Adamello chain and all the tops of the
One of them leads to Malga Lunga, a farmhouse recently
restored, containing a Museum on Italian Resistance and where
you can have a good meal and stay overnight.
A few kilometres away, in the hearth of the Cavallina Valley,
in an oasis of peace, you find Gaverina's Spa, where you can
combine hydrotherapy with different leisure activities,
artistic itineraries and food and wine routes.
Iseo offers a wide range of healthy sports activities:
swimming, windsurfing, fishing, canoeing, scuba diving, and
sailing. Water sports are closely connected to the life on the
lakeside where the building of boats dates back to immemorial
times and wind and water have always been part of a daily
challenge. Today, sailing is the most practised sport. In
sailing clubs it is possible to rent a sailing boat by showing
the qualification, or to find teachers and improve your
sailing techniques. In the last few years, thanks to the fresh
breezes blowing from lakeside small valleys, several places
have become also surfers' favourite destination. A ship
building industry has developed to meet everybody's
Besides Monte Isola shipyards, specialized in building boats
in an old-fashioned way, there are Riva's shipyards, worldwide
famous for the beauty and the charm of their boats.
neighbouring Valle del Freddo (Valley of cold), lying at 400
meters above sea level, is a natural reserve of great interest
with an impressive alpine vegetation which is quite unusual at
this height. This is due to a series of underground currents
of cold air coming out of openings (mouths) in the ground
giving out freezing air in summer, that create a microclimate
similar to the Alpine one.
links to organize your excursions:
Lake of Endine:
Valle del Freddo:
Castle of Bianzano:
Lake of Iseo:
Shipping line lake of Iseo: