Itineraries and Sports
The Strada del Franciacorta suggests five cycling routes, all of which are accessible to everyone, and are recommended for travellers who want a peaceful outing on two wheels, for families with children, or for wine tourists eager to learn about Franciacorta from close up. Their paths go through vineyards and fields, small villages and areas of natural beauty, scenic spots and places of historic and artistic interest. Along the way you will encounter a variety of buildings including houses, hotels and dining options, all associated with the Strada del Franciacorta.
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Route 1: Franciacorta Satèn - Yellow path
On leaving Iseo (road for Rovato) turn right to the cycle path until you reach Via Colombera, admiring the Lamette and the lake to the right, and Sebino bogs to the left. At the end of the road turn right, then immediately turn left for Cremignane; at the end of the slight uphill part, turn immediately right to reach Clusane Iseo, following the Brescia-Paratico cycle path. Take the provincial road to Sarnico and, after the pedestrian traffic lights, turn off to the left: the uphill road leads you to Colombaro. When the road forks, take Via Manzoni on the right and continue straight through the centre of the town, beyond which you will pass a large vineyard on the left.
Continue on this partly wooded road until you get to Nigoline and, at the stop sign, turn right for Adro, passing the parish church. If you want, you can turn right and take a short cobbled street leading to the Palazzo Torri and the church of Santa Eufemia. If instead you prefer to continue along your path, take the road through the vineyards. After a bit of pedalling you will find a restaurant and a descent leading to the square of the Sanctuary of Madonna della Neve (Our Lady of the Snows). Skirt the school and at the mini roundabout on the left go slightly uphill and follow the tourist signs for wineries and restaurants.
Once at the top of the gentle hill, turn left at the intersection and, keeping the descent on the right, take the narrow Via Lovera straight ahead. The vineyards that surround you lead to a wine cellar with an entrance gate that was created by artist Arnaldo Pomodoro. Continue and at the stop sign go right on the provincial road and continue on it for 200 metres.
After passing some businesses on the left, take the road to Calino. Continuing straight on you come to the Monument to the Fallen, then turn left and follow the sign indicating “Valli” and Via Torre. After 200 metres, before turning to the right, you can make a detour to reach the church of San Stefano, which is at the top of a flight of steps and offers a pleasant view of Franciacorta. Back on the road, watch out for the descent that comes next. After the level crossing at the stop sign, turn left. After a short climb, you will reach Bettolino Monterotondo and turn left at the stop sign, following the signs for Provaglio Iseo and provincial road 49. Continue straight for 700 metres and then turn left into Via Cimitero. At the bottom of the hill, after the level crossing, you will reach Borgonato, home to two historic wine cellars. Continue, turn right into Via Dosso downhill, and at the roundabout, turn left towards Nigoline.
After the industrial area, veer to the right at the roundabout, following the wall of the Panciera-Zoppola villa on your right, then go straight ahead on Via Grumi. Follow the signs for Timoline- Centro Sportivo. At the stop sign turn left, continue in Via Dalla Chiesa, passing the Acquasplash water park on your right, and at the next stop sign you will face a long straight ride that will take you right to the centre of Timoline. On reaching a large roundabout, you’ll see the parish church. Take the road for Provaglio, which is flanked by vineyards and wineries. Before the level crossing, turn left to join the Brescia-Paratico cycle path, which runs along the Torbiere Nature Reserve (2 km of dirt road). Follow the road, keeping the shopping centre on the left; at the stop on provincial road 11, cross it, and, after a slight climb, you will reach Cremignane. Retrace the road taken at the beginning (Via Colombera) for a few kilometres to return to the starting point, after having covered about 30 km.
Route 2: Franciacorta Pas Dosé - Blue path
Park your car in the parking lot in front of the Olivetana Abbey of San Nicola at Rodengo Saiano. After a visit to the Abbey (one of the most impressive monasteries in Italy with a wealth of artistic treasures), get on your bike and take Via Brescia and, after the underpass downhill, continue to the centre of Rodengo Saiano until the first roundabout. In front of you is the road to Monticelli Brusati/Ome. You are in Via Dionigi and when you reach a winery building, turn left in Via Cantarane, cycling for a long stretch along the imposing wall of Villa Fenaroli. When the road joins back up with Provincial Road 46, turn left and continue to the roundabout. Turn left again for Monticelli Brusati until you meet Maglio Averoldi on the left. After a few turns through the vineyards, take the narrow road on the right to Villa, crossing the interesting ancient town of the same name, which is also home to a winery. At the stop sign turn right, following signs for the town centre and you will reach the hamlet of Torre. Go over the roundabout and turn left for Provezze, along a pleasant road surrounded by vineyards. Cycle alongside Palazzo Pisa on the left, where you can make a detour to the ancient district of Persaga.
The main itinerary leads to the roundabout of Provezze, from which you continue straight on the main road. After the first uphill turn, you can make another detour to the ancient district of Sergnana. Continuing along the route, make a leisurely descent and arrive at Zurane. After the village, turn right into Via Matteotti at the stop sign, after which we enter the centre of Provaglio d’Iseo on the right. Continue straight on and after passing several roundabouts, you will reach the monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa. After paying a visit to the monastery, continue south and, at the Santella roundabout, go straight, and then turn left at the next one. Continue for 100 metres until you turn right to go along the Brescia-Paratico cycle path that, with some slight ups and downs, winds through the hills and the industrial area of Provaglio d’Iseo. At the stop sign go straight along Via Marana and then Via Franciacorta. A slight climb of 300 metres will get you to the road, which is still slightly uphill, on the right towards Monterotondo in Via Mameli.
Before entering the small town, turn left on Via San Giorgio and, passing under an arch, descend while keeping to the right. At the stop sign, turn left and keep follow the signs of the Brescia-Paratico bicycle path, whose long descent leads to the roundabout of Passirano; turn left and follow the signs to Camignone and, after about 1 km, you will reach the Barboglio district, home to a winery. Continue to the roundabout, turn right to the centre of the town and continue to the traffic lights. Turn right into Via Chiesa and then into Via Diaz, then turn right again into Via Risorgimento which narrows after a bend. Continue into the village and after passing the majestic Villa Catturich Ducco, turn right at the sign for the cycle path and follow the road that winds slightly uphill through the vineyards, until the end of Via San Martino. At the stop sign, turn left for the centre of Passirano going back into Via Diaz, then follow Via Marconi. At the junction, turn right on Via Garibaldi, which runs through the centre, past the Town Hall and the parish church. Via Libertà goes slightly uphill and takes you left towards Via Castello, where you see the castle of Passirano behind a tree-lined street.
After passing it, turn left on Via Parri, which is narrow and downhill. At the end of the street turn right into Via Roma, cycle slightly downhill and, after the level crossing, turn left in the direction of Paderno Franciacorta. Enter Via Cavour, which is surrounded by cultivated fields, notingthe first foothills of the Brescia Prealps in the background, to the left, continuing up to the first roundabout of the town where we see the parish church on the left. Continue straight through the centre following the signs towards Castegnato.
For a few kilometres, cycle between the residential areas and countryside. At the roundabout between Via del Pavione and Via Cascina Croce, take Via Trento. After the industrial area, just before the sign indicating the end of Paderno Franciacorta, turn left into Via Tre Cortili. Crossing a dirt road, you will reach a group of farm buildings until you cross Via Giardini at the stop sign. Keep to the right, back on the paved road and cross the level crossing. Continuing on a tree-lined street, in the midst of cultivated fields, you will come to a crossroads, where you still keep right until you reach the sign for Rodengo Saiano. Climb to the roundabout and on the left, after the overpass, you will come to the town centre and the Abbey, which ends this pleasant tour.
Route 3: Franciacorta Brut - Green path
From the parking place along the Iseo-Paratico State road, after the second set of traffic lights in Clusane d’Iseo, take the Brescia-Paratico cycle path on the left, until you reach the pedestrian crossing at the beginning of Paratico. At Via Tengattini turn left and along a slightly uphill road, and enter the hamlet. At the traffic lights continue straight on Via Martiri della Libertà. To your left you can see the ruins of Castello Lantieri on a hill covered with thick vegetation and vineyards. A tough 500-metre climb takes you into the centre of the village. Continue to the right on Via Gorizia, and, going downhill, you will come to a roundabout. From here, turn left and follow the signs for the Paratico-Palazzolo cycle path in Via Don Gino Moioli. After passing the parish church on the right, you should stop briefly to admire the southern shore of Lake Iseo between Sarnico and Paratico.
Reaching the end of a long descent, cross the level crossing and the industrial area. Turn left by Via Niggeler, crossing the railway tracks again and taking another curving uphill path for 500 metres. At the roundabout, turn left on Via Roma and, at the Santella di San Carlo, turn right on Via Vittorio Emanuele, a long street in the historic centre flanked by the parish church and the bell tower on the left and the Town Hall on the right. On the left, take Via Balladore uphill and then Via Paratico, characterised by porches, patios, stone houses and windows of wrought iron. When you get to Via Colzano, the more adventurous can go up to the Castle by continuing uphill for 600 metres: the view from the top extends out over Franciacorta and Bergamo. Back on Via Colzano, go back down once again towards the valley.
At the bridge over the canal, turn left towards the fields and vineyards. Pay attention to the first change in direction (there are no signs) and turn right uphill between rows of vines. When you reach a stone house, turn right. The narrow road descends through a cool and shady grove of locust and chestnut trees until you reach an old furnace now converted into a winery.
The road widens and you will reach the village of Adro, where the long Via Colzano ends. At Santella, turn left on Via Dandolo. When you arrive at the Town Hall, the former residence of the Dandolo family, turn right onto the main road, and follow the signs for the town centre, then turn left into Via Verdi at the first roundabout. At the stop sign turn left on Via Roma. At the end of the street, turn right on Via Umberto I and then into Via Simoni, continuing as far as Via Lazzareto. Go left into Via Carota and then Via Santa Maria until the narrow crossing with Via Cave, which you should turn right into, taking you uphill along the undulating relief.
Continue along a dirt road for over a kilometre, until you reach a grove of chestnut trees and the church of Santa Eufemia. Descend until you reach a cobbled stretch, passing the wall of the Palazzo Torri on the right. At the stop sign, turn left into Via Bonomelli and, immediately after passing the Nigoline parish church, turn left onto Via Leonardo da Vinci, along the road that leads out of the village.
Continue straight until, after a continuing along a tree-lined street for a stretch, you reach the village of Colombaro. First take Via Nazario Sauro and then, when you get to the centre, take Via Manzoni, leaving the parish church behind on the left. To the right, you can admire the broad view of Iseo, Monte Isola and the imposing cone of Monte Guglielmo in the background. At the end of the road turn right and, immediately after, turn left into Via Zenighe. At the roundabout, turn left for one last effort that leads you to Clusane. The descent by Via Maresciallo Di Bernardo takes you to the end of this route.
Route 4: Franciacorta Rosé - Red path
Park the car in front of the Strada del Franciacorta offices (Via Verdi, 53 - Erbusco) and turn right up the slope. At the stop sign go straight along Via Verdi, still going uphill. To your left you can admire the beautiful Villa Lechi and the Palazzo Longhi de Carli. Continuing downhill on Via Verdi, ride along a long wall, then turn right on Via Metelli, looking toward Monte Orfano and cross a residential area.
The itinerary continues through Via Villa Nuova and Via San Giorgio. In the small centre of the hamlet Villa there is an isolated bell tower. At the roundabout, turn left onto Via Crocefissa, which lined with ancient tenements. At the junction, turn left uphill onto Via Pedergnano Sotto. At the stop sign, continue on the same road, from which you can admire the vineyards and the view of the lower Franciacorta, then uphill again on Via Mattina. At the stop sign, turn right, going downhill, until you reach the provincial road to Iseo. Travel 1200 metres until the sign for Calino where, turning right, a slight effort will take you to Via Sala. Here a road between vineyards leads you to the residential part of town. Turn right at the War Memorial on Via Paolo VI, following the signs for Bornato.
At the roundabout, turn left on Via San Michele, going downhill. At the stop sign, turn left again and continue to the village of Bornato. After crossing the level crossing, continue on Via Basso Castello and ascend a narrow sloping road that leads to Castello Bornato, surrounded by massive stone walls. A road to the right leads to the entrance, then turn left along a narrow cobbled street that goes downhill and is lined with ancient buildings and walls. At the end of the cobbles, turn left into a shady street. At the stop sign, turn right towards the level crossing and, after crossing it, take the long cycle track up to Barco di Cazzago. Along the way you can admire the church of Our Lady of Zucchella.
The cycle path continues for several kilometres until the traffic lights in Cazzago San Martino. After the level crossing, take Via Rizzini, still continuing on the cycle path up to the sculpture called “The Wheel”. Turn left into Via Per Rovato, passing over the highway.
After a short stretch in the industrial area, follow the signs to the centre of Rovato, going straight at the roundabout. At the traffic lights, turn right into Via San Rocco, where you will find historic houses with elegant stone doorways. Once at the small roundabout, where you can admire Castello Quistini in front of you, turn left on Via Bonomelli and, before crossing the centre of the town, turn right towards the market area in Viale Conte Eugenio Martinengo Cesaresco. You will be facing Monte Orfano, which will be beside you for the remainder of the route. Go downhill on Via Martinengo and, at the bend, turn right to detour to the convent of the Holy Annunciation after a kilometre of uphill cobbled street. If you do not want to visit the convent, you can make a stop to visit the church of San Stefano at the beginning of the climb instead. Returning the same way, turn right on Via Bettini and continue downhill to Via Gigli. At the end of the street, turn right towards Coccaglio on Via Vittorio Emanuele II, thus arriving at the centre of the town in Piazza Luca Marenzio. On the left you will be able to see the Roman tower and the parish church on the right. After the traffic lights, go right on Via Martiri della Libertà (the small cycle path allows you to enter despite the opposite direction) and continue on Via San Pietro, finding the church of the same name on the right.
Now you follow a beautiful, wide, long cycle path up to Cologne. At the end, continue straight for a few hundred metres, finding the cycle path again a little further on in Via Vittorio Emanuele and Piazza Garibaldi. Now follow the signs to Adro and Iseo. Turn right into Via Cappuccini until you reach Spina, arriving in Via Marconi. Turn right at the traffic lights, following the signs for Erbusco-Rovato, and right again at the roundabout, into Via Fontanelle, which is flanked by vineyards. Going right on to Via Volta, which is slightly uphill. After the underpass you will be in Zocco d’Erbusco, in Via Costa. Continue to cycle to the traffic lights, which will allow you to cross the provincial road. Right in front of you is Via Verdi: follow it and on the right you will see that you are back at the offices of the Strada del Franciacorta, where this pleasant itinerary terminates.
Route 5: Franciacorta Extra Brut - Black path
After crossing Piazza della Loggia, go along Via San Faustino to Via Leonardo Da Vinci. Turning left after having followed the long street, you will come to Via Volturno, crossing the river Mella. At the end of Via Cristoforo Colombo, turn right onto Via Zoccolo and then left into Via Torricella di Sotto, which is on a slight slope. At the end of the road, turn left immediately on to the cycle path that leads you towards Cellatica (to your right you can see the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Stella, where - if you are in good shape - you can go up the road with slopes of 15/20% for 2.5 km).
At the traffic light, turn left into Via Carabioli and take a paved road that first runs alongside the industrial zone and then goes out into the fields. Pass the bridge, then turn right at the stop sign, and follow the many cycle path signs for Paratico. At the end of Via Sale, in the Gussago district with its mediaeval houses and Renaissance palaces, follow the directions of the cycle path one last time, and then leave it, turning left at the mini roundabout in Via Monticello and going right at the next roundabout into Via Valia. Just at the bend (pay attention here), turn left into Via Staffoli, a narrow tree-lined street, where you will find the signs for the cycle path to Paratico.
A nice little road between cornfields and vineyards brings you over a wooden bridge towards the long and ancient wall of the complex of the Abbey of Rodengo Saiano: a visit and a stop to admire the Church of San Nicola and the cloisters is a must.
Get back on the bike to start the return trip. Take Via Brescia and after the underpass downhill, continue to the centre of Rodengo Saiano until the first roundabout, where you turn right into Via Ponte Cingoli and Via Risorgimento, crossing the whole town. After a little narrow passage (on the right you will see the Church of San Rocco) you will find yourself in Via Gussago. Continue to the roundabout, then take Via San Zeno (the Santuario della Santissima will be in front of you) and then Via Ronco.
The road rises slightly and, after the cemetery in the village of Ronco di Gussago, turn right at the first junction to circumnavigate the Santissima on a dirt track (cycle path and pedestrian track, 3 km).
Staying close to the hill, you will arrive at the church of San Gaetano Santolino and go on to reach Via Pinidolo, after which, turning left, Via Nava will bring you to Via Richiedei, on the left after the stop sign. In front of you, the imposing parish church of Santa Maria Assunta with its marble staircase and two lions is in Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Turn right into Via IV Novembre, then follow the signs for Cellatica and Brescia. Via De Gasperi will bring you back to Cellatica and the cycle path you travelled along before, allowing you to return to the centre of Brescia.
Hiking and Nordic walking
These paths meander through perfectly geometrical rows of vines, crossing small towns with a wealth of history and tradition, farms, wineries and signs of human ingenuity so you can discover the more intimate side of the Franciacorta region enjoy its pleasant views.
The routes are either laid out on existing tracks, or on roads or paths that may not be marked with appropriate signage; for this reason, please refer to the description of each individual route. The paths shown in the map and described below are accessible and open to the public, as of April 2014. Before you follow them, it is advisable to check for any restrictions or warnings from the public authorities that could prevent or limit access, and visitors must strictly comply with any such restrictions or warnings.
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Brescia-Iseo Trekking Route
A) FIRST STAGE: BRESCIA - RODENGO SAIANO
La partenza ha origine presso la cascina Santellone, in località Villaggio Badia nel comune di Brescia. L'inizio si presenta come una dolce strada di campagna che raggiunge presto un punto informativo del Parco delle Colline di Brescia con attigua area sosta. Da qui si continua lungo l'evidente carrareccia in piano, indicata anche dal segnavia n.19 bianco/rosso, che si segue per circa un'ora e mezza fino alla località Campiani. Lungo questo tratto si sfiorano i primi vigneti che disegnano le pendici del Colle di S. Anna e si attraversa la strada che collega Brescia a Cellatica per prendere il sentiero che terminerà, appunto, in località Campiani. Qui si apre il panorama sulla bassa val Trompia da un lato e sulla Franciacorta dall'altro. Si volta sulla strada per Cellatica seguendo il “sentiero 3V”, con segnavia bianco/azzurro, per il Santuario Madonna della Stella (circa 2h 30min dalla partenza), luogo estremamente panoramico. Si attraversa il sagrato e si scendono le scale fino a toccare l'ultima stazione della Via Crucis, che si percorre in discesa seguendo ora le indicazioni “Sentiero della Franciacorta (SF)” con segnavia bianco/rosso fino al centro del paese di Gussago.
From the parish church, you will quickly reach Via Roma. Follow it north, leaving the white/red track half way along it. You will get to a first roundabout, then pass under the road to Concesio - Ospitaletto and, at the next roundabout, turn left to find the sign “Sentiero della Franciacorta SF” with a white/red track after a few metres. After fording the river, you will reach the abandoned hamlet of Tesa di Sopra in 1 hour and 30 minutes. From the lawn above the farmhouse you can admire the vast panorama of the Po Valley and Franciacorta. Back on the dirt track, continue uphill for about 5 minutes until a crossroads. Turn left going slightly downhill until you reach a building, which is around a bend, where the dirt road gives way to a steep path for a few metres. It leads to the church of San Filippo, from which you can admire the view of Monte Delma and Rodengo Saiano. Next to the church, the track drops steeply to the paved road and shortly after, you cross the stream of Gandovere and the road that connects Rodengo Saiano and Ome, for the town of Corneto, following the street of the same name. Beyond the elegant Villa Fenaroli, turn right between two high walls, and proceed along the track that follows the foot of Monte Delma and is bounded by a single stone wall, after which you will come to a crossroads. Continue along the dirt road at the foot of the mountain and, shortly after, cross the paved road, and turn right to the steps of the “Calvario” (about 25 minutes from Corneto).
B) SECOND STAGE: RODENGO SAIANO - ISEO.
Continue on the road with the steps in the direction of the Convent of “Calvario”, located on the slopes of Monte Delma. When you reach the asphalt, go down to the bend and take the path into the woods, indicated by a white/red signpost for “Cascina Berta”, and continue to the summit of Monte Delma where there is a large vineyard.
Follow the ridge, characterised by many hunting hideouts, first going west along the cart track and then along the track (white/red) for “Strada della Valle” and “Monte Valenzano”, until you pass the latter. Near a large curved track, located on a small pass, descend quickly to the left on the paved road, and follow it in the direction of Camignone, just a few minutes further on, after passing under the ring road that connects Brescia to Vallecamonica.
After crossing the traffic light (white/red track), take Via Chiesa and then Via Mazzini, crossing through the old Barboglio district. Then continue along the roadside, going between vineyards through Fantecolo to the Church of S. Apollonio and the Church of the Alpini. Here you leave the “SF” signs with the white/red track markers, and turn right along the track that passes between the statue and the church, before walking near the vineyards and then into the woods. After about 15 minutes, on the right you will pass an old hunting lodge and then reach a small stone construction under a high voltage pylon, where you follow the path marked “MS” (white/red) for Provaglio d’Iseo. Cross the village (white/red track) and go up along Via San Rocco. The asphalt becomes cobbled and, past the ruins of the castle, climb up to one of the most evocative views of the trek: the Sanctuary of Madonna del Corno. After the sacred site, proceed along the dirt road on the flat and then along path no. 243 (white/red track), which ends in Via Roma near a level crossing. In few minutes you will reach the centre of Iseo, the bus station and the train station.
Monte Orfano Walking Route
The route originates in the municipality of Rovato, in Piedimonte, near the Sanctuary of Madonna di S. Stefano, where there is also free parking and information boards about Monte Orfano.
After visiting the wonderful Sanctuary, go up by the obvious paved road in the direction of the Convento dell'Annunciata; at the first bend, follow path no. 981 (white/red track marker), with a moderate slope, which leads into a beautiful forest, revealing glimpses and views of the Alps. Ignoring all the many other tracks there, continue ahead until you reach a ridge near a hunting lodge and, after a while, the Genovesina farmhouse, with wide views over the vineyards towards Coccaglio. Advancing on the ridge, with extensive views of Franciacorta and the Alpine foothills, you reach the Madonna and later a helicopter landing pad near the top, called Croce Villa di Erbusco. You can stop for a rest on this comfortable lawn because this is the end of the outward path (1 hour and 20 minutes).
At this point you go retrace your steps, passing the Genovesina farm again and then at the next hunting lodge, rather than turning on to path no. 981, uphill, keep to the ridge until you reach the top of the Croce di Coccaglio. Continue along a downhill section and when you reach the road, take the path of the ridge, past a pond and the small Alpine shelter, with benches and a fountain, up to the large war memorial, also known as the Croce di Rovato.
Go down, then take the paved road past the church of San Michele, until reach the Convento dell'Annunciata. Keep descending, going to the right of the convent, with beautiful views of Coccaglio, past the car park and the fountain. Take a cobbled path that, after a few bends, reaches the Fusia ditch near a bridge and a set of traffic lights, where there are information boards and benches. Continuing downhill, you get to Coccaglio and the nearby railway station. The route, however, climbs up again for a few metres along the cobbled path, then goes downhill and turns right onto path no. 980 (white/red track marker), past a house and continues along the path that lies at the foot of the mountain, just above the canal. You will then go onto a dirt road through the vineyards where you can see the Convento dell'Annunciata above and, shortly after, you come to the houses of Rovato and the starting point.
Erbusco Walking Route
At the village of Erbusco, start near Piazza della Chiesa where you can leave your car at the parking lot of Via Cavour, or, if full, at the elementary school down the same street.
Take Via Vittorio Emanuele first, and then Via Guglielmo Marconi, following the “Bike Park” signs and going along Piazza della Chiesa, Via Castello and Via Campinelli. After this you will move into the countryside, following a paved road for a few minutes up to the junction with a dirt road, shown by signposts marked “MS” in white/red. Follow the “MS” signs for about half an hour, passing an intersection with five roads, the monastery of San Bernardino and walking along the edge of a forest to vineyards, old farmhouses and stone walls until you cross the road. Leave the white/red track and turn right, going slightly downhill through thick walls, until you reach a shrine. Still keeping right, continue along Via Case Sparse for about twenty minutes, arriving at the crossing with five roads you saw on the outward leg. Here you can choose whether to resume the journey made earlier or continue to the main road leading to the village, bordering the park of Villa Longhi; in this case after about 500 m, turn right into Via San Bonifacio, immediately after passing the imposing Villa Lechi. Once you have passed under an arch, you will reach Piazza della Chiesa, where you will meet the outward route. You are now just a few metres from the car park in Via Cavour.
Monte Alto Walking Route
The starting point is the car park in Via G. Bonomelli, in Nigoline, Corte Franca. From here take Via S. Eufemia along a cobbled road through the vineyards, up to the church of the same name. After the church, walk on the dirt road for a few minutes up to a junction where a sign indicates the location Val Bordiga. Takes the track that goes slightly downhill, crossing a stream and going next to a house. After this you will reach a fork and follow yellow signs on the trees to the right. From here, go up right into the woods, until you reach the ruins of a castle with an information point. Wander through the ruins and then continue, passing a crossroads and a high voltage pylon, staying on the path indicated by yellow signs. In the locality Dos Piron, where there is also a wooden bench, first follow directions for Senter Put - Crus - C. Diaol, and then head for the ridge, which you will reach in about 15 minutes, following the paths that go up to the right.
Now start along the wooded ridge leading to the summit of Monte Alto, through the “Scala Santa”, the last steep stretch. When you reach the top you will be rewarded with a unique view, where you can admire Lake Iseo, the whole territory of Franciacorta, the morainic circle that marks out the limit of the last glaciation, Monte Orfano and the Apennines on the horizon.
The return route is scenic and pleasant. Take the obvious dirt track to the left of the cross, heading south, and proceed slightly downhill, passing numerous hunting huts and an old stone farmhouse. Keeping left at every crossroads you get to, after about 45 minutes from the summit you will reach a shrine, where there is also a drinking fountain; turn right and, after a few metres, walk among the lush vineyards, along the path bordered by a dry stone wall. Follow it until you approach a house. Turn left and after about 10 minutes you will reach the outward path, just above the church of St. Eufemia. From there take the same route back to the car park.
Borgonato Walking Route
You start near the oratory of Borgonato, dedicated to Saints Francesco and Chiara, located in Via Cavour, where there is also a car park and the train station is about 300 metres away. Continue west along Via Cavour and pass a narrow place, beyond which you can admire the church of S. Vitale on the hill, with its characteristic bell tower located higher up. At the end of the vineyard, take the road flanked by a stone wall, which takes you into the fields to the north, crossing a cemented canal.
When you reach the entrance to the quarry, which is characterised by a depression with a small pond, proceed between two metal grids and, after about half an hour from the start, you will pass the Luogonuovo farm. You will soon come across the small church of Madonna dell’Inquine and the road goes slightly downhill, turning to asphalt. In front of you, you will clearly be able to see the layers of limestone in Monte della Madonna and the Church of Madonna del Corno. After about 50 minutes from the start you will reach the junction with the road that connects Provaglio Iseo and Timoline, with the railway station in Provaglio d’Iseo nearby. Turn left, heading west, going up the road to Timoline for a hundred metres, then turn left again, following the dirt path. After a few minutes you will arrive on a wide ridge with open views to the north towards the vineyards, the peat bogs, Lake Iseo and the mountains that surround it. A little further on is the church dedicated to San Carlo, with the adjacent farmhouse (now abandoned). Continue past it. The road bends to the right and once more you should cross the Provaglio d’Iseo – Timoline road, but going immediately onto the Via del Pozzo dirt road, which leads to the bell tower of Timoline. At the end of Via del Pozzo, go towards the south by Via Mario Gatti, past a building in white and burgundy. Go on as far as a crossroads. Keeping right and continuing alongside the chain-link fence, you will once more enter the hollow area between two ponds.
Follow the main road leading to the village of Borgonato, which crosses the cemented canal and then bends to close the loop. At the end of the stone wall, turn right and after about fifty metres, take Via Ignazio Berlucchi, between the walls and rows of oaks, and you will end up in the vineyards. Once you are through the vines, the main road bends and leads to a pass between two wooded hills. The road follows the contour of the vineyard, approaches the railway tracks and follows them northwards between the hill and the houses, returning you to the starting point.
Gaina Torrent Walking Route
Starting in the village of Monticelli Brusati, leave your car in one of the small car parks between the town and the villages of Gaina or Foina. If they are full, you must park in the larger car parks in the centre of Monticelli, from where you follow the white/pink signs with labelled “SC”. In that case you will need to take the road that leads to Gaina and add about 30 minutes to the duration of the excursion.
At Gaina, head into the small square and take the road on the left, near a fountain and a small statue of the Madonna, also indicated by the sign “SC”.
After about 100 metres the buildings end and the road becomes a dirt road. From here you follow the vineyards and olive groves until reaching a sign that indicates two possible paths: “Variante A”, which continues into the woods, and then fords the river Gaina, and “Variante per esperti” (Variant for experts), which descends immediately into the beautiful and extraordinary river gorge. If the latter is not too full of water, we recommend the “Variant for experts” (we will avoid the specially rigged parts), which is what we are describing here.
Arrivati in uno spettacolare canyon lo si risale seguendo i segnali bianco/rosso. Si affrontano numerosi guadi, si supera una madonnina incastonata nella roccia, delle panchine e, infine, si ritrova l'incrocio con la “Variante A”, che si segue solo dopo aver lanciato uno sguardo alla bellissima cascata posta una decina di metri dopo il bivio. Ritornati sui propri passi, si prende la “Variante A” affrontando un breve tratto in ripida salita, al termine della quale si tiene il sentiero principale sulla sinistra che attraversa il bosco a mezza costa. Dopo aver superato un torrente, si segue sempre la “Variante A” e i segni bianco/rosso nel bosco; si troveranno in successione il caratteristico sasso “Mostasù” (una testa scolpita nella roccia), un'altra bella cascata con il raccordo con la “Variante per esperti”, caratterizzato dalla presenza di una scala metallica. Poco sopra si trova un ampio prato con area pic-nic, presso il quale termina il percorso “Variante A”. Da qui si prosegue seguendo le indicazioni “Variante B”. Quando s'incrocia uno sterrato, si tiene la destra fino a guadare un piccolo ruscello, dopo il quale si lascia la stradina per scendere con un sentiero a superare il torrente Gaina. Si affronta una breve ma ripida salita fino a raggiungere la strada sterrata che collega Gaina con Polaveno. Si volta a destra e si prosegue sempre dritto tralasciando le strade che s'immettono da sinistra, fino a raggiungere il punto più alto dell'itinerario. Da qui inizia la piacevole discesa che da sterrata diventa cementata, passando vicino a un parcheggio con punto panoramico sulla conca di Monticelli e, infine, si giunge al punto di partenza.
Gandovere Stream Walking Route
From the village of Ome go to the village of Valle, one the best preserved in the area. Park your car at the entrance to the town and cross the small village, past the church and other typical buildings, which well described in the educational boards installed on site. Follow the signs for “Orto botanico delle conifere coltivate” (Botanical garden of cultivated conifers), also indicated by white/red track markings. After the last houses, go right and follow the Gandovere river until you get to a bridge with a bulletin board indicating the mediaeval “Ertina tower”. The tower is located inside a farmhouse, and may be visited with a detour of only a few minutes.
Continue along the stream until the next board, which indicates the “Ertina mill”, which is also mediaeval and can be reached by a small detour to the left, on the dirt road. Returning to the main path, you will reach the entrance to the “Botanical garden of cultivated conifers” with explanatory panels describing the various species present. Just after that is the Paradiso picnic area and, nearby, a Madonna with small votive chapel. Here the walk ends and you return to the same route.