Interesting landmarks of Monte Isola

Monte IsolaInteresting landmarks of Monte Isola presented with the definition of lake beauty, divine picturesque, bathed in greenery and sunk in silence. We offer a stunning walk through the beauties of Italy. Monte Isola is the largest inland island not only in Italy but also throughout Central and Southern Europe. Located in the waters of Lake Lago di Jesolo in the Lombardy region, it is about 440 km from the capital Rome, about 70 km from Verona and about 80 km from Milan.

With its area of ​​5 sq. Km, on which rises a mountain elevation with the highest point of 600 m (from where comes its name – from the Italian Montisola – Isola Mountain), the island of Monte isola divides the lake into two parts – on one side are the banks of the Brescia municipality, and on the other – the municipality of Bergamo. The 1800 inhabitants are divided into 4 main cities (Mencino, Siviano – Capital, Cartagano and Peshiera Maralio – port), 8 smaller settlements (most of the fishing and farming) and 11 neighborhoods, all circularly situated along the mountain slopes. You can reach them by a passenger ferry from some of the neighboring continental cities.

And although you will not need to take a walk and explore Monte Isola, you can still rent a bicycle or moped to take a panoramic tour of the 15-meter hiking route. Monte Isola is extremely varied in relief and radiance in every part. The mountain separates the terrain into 2 apparently opposite locations – the southeast half is steep and covered with dense green forests, while the northwest is occupied by vast terraces, the majority of cultivated olive groves, vines and chestnut forests. It will refer to populated areas, and they will surprise you with their multifaceted faces. Masse is the oldest settlement of Monte Isola and the best infrastructure is preserved there. Monte IsolaPeshiera Maralio is a small port village with a fishing appearance but also with a very picturesque atmosphere (miniature cafes and restaurants, as well as a magnificent Baroque church, making narrow alleys magnetic to the visitors).

Novale and Olzano are ancient settlements in the northern part of the island that still maintain and develop the island’s agricultural tradition. You can dive into a typical fisherman’s atmosphere with coast-stretched and primitive but neat buildings, or explore the labyrinth of streets, local cuisine specialties and cultural attractions in the larger cities of Monte Isola. You will be impressed by the contrast between the hustle in the populated areas and the silence of the paradise just beyond their boundaries. Which explains why walking is the perfect way to spend time here. In fact, you really do not have to go for a long time to find interesting sites. Several churches built in the 15th-17th century, baroque villas and modern hotels await you, as well as two emblematic attractions that are usually a pedestrian destination for tourists on the island, as the road to them is quite long and steep . The first is the Madonna de la Carriola, located on the very top of the mountain.

You probably noticed her as the ferry approaches the island. Built in the 5th century on the remains of a pagan temple dedicated to the Mother Goddess, it was a symbol of the Christianization of the Celts on these lands, from Bishop Vigilio of Brescia. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the temple was enlarged and the bell tower was built in the 18th century. Thus today it has a rectangular one-nave structure, and the interior is decorated with a marbled altar with inlaid images of the Virgin and Child and glittering frescoes by unknown authors. Monte IsolaAccepted as a place of worship, repentance, prayer and vow for a sanctuary (perhaps one of the first in Italy in the cult of Our Lady), the Madonna de la Cearlla is probably the most important cultural and historical site Monte Isola.

To get to it, you first have to climb to the highest settlement – the Kure neighborhood. Surrounded by gardens, small valleys, fields and olive groves, you will find irresistible villas with arches and balconies clustered around cobbled streets and alleys. On a trampled trail, even higher uphill, you will reach the temple itself. And as you look around, you will remain silent from the stunning beauty of the view.



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