Instagramming … Brescia and Lake Iseo.

Almost two years ago, I spent a dreamy and romantic weekend in the Brescia area of Italy, getting to know various small towns bordering Lake Iseo and Lake Garda. My ongoing love affair with this country continues, as I’ve visited Italy more than any other country in the entire world!

If you’re looking to spend time in this area, just check out my Instagram photos of Brescia below. You can even use this post as a mini-guide to plan out a perfect vacation in Brescia for yourself.

This particular post features the best of Lake Iseo – where to stay, where to eat and drink and what to do. Stay tuned for my post about the best of Lake Garda, coming soon.

Instagramming Brescia

My adventure began at Hotel Rivalago, one of my all-time favorite hotels. The view of Lake Sulzano and the surrounding mountains made me want to never leave.

Brescia Instagram

Brescia Instagram

That night, I dined at Trattoria Cacciatore, a small family-run restaurant where you can feast on some fantastic Italian cuisine.

In warmer weather, you can eat outside and be treated to views like this.

Brescia Instagram

Another day, another sunset. It seems that I’m a sunset junkie! There was this sunset view at Hotel Rivalago just minutes earlier and more recently, I experienced a romantic sunset in Iceland.

Brescia Instagram

The following morning, I jumped on a boat and headed to Monte Isola.

Brescia Instagram

I spotted this privately owned home on Isola di Loreto along the way. While Monte Isola is the largest lake island in all of Europe, this tiny island is the smallest island in Lake Iseo.

I wondered if this was the home of George Clooney and was informed that although it wasn’t, he had actually once shown interest in buying this neo-Gothic castle.

Brescia Instagram

About 1800 people live on Monte Isola where no motorized vehicles are permitted, except for emergency services that require the police, an ambulance or a priest!

I adored this communal bookshelf where locals exchange books in the village of Peschiera Maraglio.

Brescia Instagram

I also had the opportunity to tour a manufacturing facility that produces nets – fishing nets, soccer nets and even hammocks like these. I picked a hammock up for about 20 euros.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of net making and its importance to Monte Isola, there’s also a small museum.

Brescia Instagram

I then headed to Carzano, where I spied this quirky and cute duck topiary on someone’s front lawn.

Brescia Instagram

I also learned about the Festa Di Santa Croce, a festival held every five years when the town is decorated with thousands of beautifully detailed paper flowers. The next festival will be held in 2015. Can you believe these flowers are made from paper?

Brescia Instagram

My time on the island was all too brief and I soon moved back inland to have a big seafood lunch in Clusane at Trattoria Al Porto.

Feeling stuffed from dinner, I decided to walk it off and stopped at this gorgeous, old church later on that afternoon. The peeling and fading frescoes made me a tiny bit sad as I wished more could be done to restore the church to its former glory – it was still beautiful nonetheless.

Brescia Instagram

Brescia Instagram

Next on the agenda was Solive Winery, located in Franciacorta. The grounds were stunning, decorated for a wedding that was taking place that night.

Of course, I drank my fill of the sparkling wine before moving on to the next stop which was a hotel in Gardone Riviera.

Brescia Instagram

Brescia Instagram

Living out my dreams of “la dolce vita”, this was me ready for dinner that night.

Cheryl Howard in Brescia

A Brescia Trip Itinerary

Follow this itinerary to experience Brescia the way! Highlights include:

1) Where to Stay – Hotel Rivalago (book a room with a view of the lake).

2) Where to Eat and Drink – Trattoria CacciatoreTrattoria Al Porto (known for tasty seafood) and Solive Winery (sample sparkling wine, view the beautiful farm and estate).

3) What To Do – Visit Monte Isola (tour the net museum and buy a hammock, learn about the paper flower festival taking place in 2015, observe slow-paced island life) and take a boat ride along Lake Iseo (see Loreto Island and the privately owned castle).

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* Disclosure ā€“ My time in Brescia was complimentary, courtesy of Brescia Tourism. Any opinions expressed about my love for gorgeous sunsets and sparkling wine are entirely my own. 

Founder of Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.


  1. My boyfriend has been to Brescia and tells me how quaint and undiscovered it is. But these are the first real photos I’ve seen. It looks like a previous era, something about aged stone and frescos that can transport you

  2. Yeah, it’s incredible in Brescia! Lake Iseo is my favorite – the areas around Lake Garda were nice but filled with tourists. You hear more English than Italian. šŸ™

  3. Wow, so many beautiful shots! very impressive, that you took all these with your phone, I am in awe!.

    I haven’t been to Brescia in many years, and I don’t believe my husband has ever been, but you have inspired me to organize a little road trip for us ā€“ Brescia is only about 4 hours away, and I remember truly loving Lake Iseo, I would love to visit again!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Brescia is just a stones throw from us. I pass the exit for it on the autostrada all the time. Looks like I’ll have to go check it out if this rain ever stops!

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