Places of interest: Nature
Botanical Garden at Ome
Via San Lorenzo - 25050 Ome
Dedicated to conifers with examples from all seven existing families, it is located in the Fus valley. It is an oasis of peace that extends around a small lake and changes appearance with the passing of the seasons.
Brescia Hills Park
Established in 2000, it covers 4,309 hectares in the area of Brescia as well as other municipalities of Franciacorta (Rodengo Saiano and Cellatica).
Lake Iseo (also known as Sebino, its ancient Roman name) is the sixth largest lake in Italy, and it has the singular distinction of being home the largest inhabited lake island in Europe: Montisola. It was formed by the excavating action and subsequent withdrawal of an alpine glacier.
The landscape and nature of the Lake provide a happy meeting point between north and south. The north has a crown of snow-capped mountains, abundant river water, green hills caused by the rain and a cool breeze that takes the edge off the summer heat. The south has a mild climate, a bright sky and Mediterranean flora symbolised by the olive tree. The landscape has also been marked by the encounter between land and water: a dramatic encounter where the high cliffs drop straight into the lake, and a gentle encounter where the mountains and hills slope down towards the water’s edge.
Park of the northern Oglio River
This park stretches along the river that flows from Lake Iseo and flows slowly in the plains of Lombardy. Also includes two of the municipalities of Franciacorta, Paratico and Capriolo, where there are some interesting paths. Many initiatives are organised throughout the year to make the most of the local environment, flavours and traditions.
The Peat-Moors of Sebino
Via Sebina – 25050 Provaglio d’Iseo
These are located on the outskirts of the Franciacorta area, where the hills slope down to Lake Iseo. A natural oasis of international interest and a unique site within Europe, it has been recognised as a Nature Reserve by the Lombardy Region since 1983. With their ponds and marsh vegetation, the bogs cover around 360 hectares, and they can be visited by following paths and wooden walkways that are well-integrated with the landscape. The best place to admire them with as a whole is the courtyard of the monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa, in Provaglio d’Iseo. The bogs are a special environment that was gradually created from the end of the eighteenth century to the middle of the twentieth following the extraction of peat, which was used as fuel. The excavation has given rise to numerous basins that are still visible today, providing a natural habitat for hundreds of birds and marsh plants. As such, the bogs are now surrounded by thick reeds and rushes and cattails, dotted with sparse trees, while the ponds are covered with water lilies (which are in full bloom from May to September). The many types of birds that live undisturbed at the site include as many as 25 species of marsh birds, such as herons, great crested grebes, purple herons, cormorants, shovelers, marsh harriesr and the black kites.
The Santissima Park at Gussago
Built by the Dominicans in the 14th century on top of the hill of the same name, which is covered in terraces and vineyards, the Santissima is one of the most scenic places in Franciacorta and a symbol of Gussago. The park contains well-equipped stopping points, educational panels, a viewpoint, and a pedestrian/cycle track that circumnavigates the park.