Lake Iseo, or Lago d’Iseo in Italian, is located in the Lombardy region of Italy and is the fourth largest lake in the peninsula. It is a long and winding body of pristine clear waters sheltered by mountains. The beauty of the surrounding countryside is breath-taking! And if you like the lake life this is also the best place to call home.
As property prices dropped a lot since the beginning of the global financial crisis – in the Italian lakes they decreased by another 5% in 2015 – lake areas are really good alternatives to the more expensive seaside destinations. The time has never been more right!
Lake Iseo provides you with the beauty, architectural delights and the scenic vistas that Lake Como is famous for but at a fraction of the cost. As a matter of fact, situated in an area between Lake Garda and Lake Como, this is a smaller and also more affordable area in which to invest in property. It boasts many pretty little towns with quaint restaurants, medieval churches and other tourist attractions. The Lake Iseo area can easily be accessed from the nearby big towns of Brescia and Bergamo which both have small and low cost airports. But also from Milan-Linate main airport.
Sarnico is a medieval town located on the southern shores of the lake and probably the most prestigious and characteristic of the area. Some of its notable sights are the iron bridge, the 15th century clock tower and the St. Paul’s church, a popular choice for weddings. With its bars, restaurants and quaint boutiques, Sarnico, is a delightful town to choose if you are looking to invest in a property in Italy by the lake. For a property to be renovated here you can spend about 1000 euros per square metre. So you can get a 85 sq m apartment for 90,000 euros. New properties ranging in price from 1600 euros per square metre up to 3000 euros per square metre, depending on location and whether or not furniture is included.
Paratico is a smaller town very close to Sarnico. Its main attraction is the medieval castle ruins on the top of the hill, from which you have an unobstructed view of the lake and the surrounding countryside. There is also a 15th century church in town. Paratico is frequented by many tourists as its position and number of hotels and properties make it an easy choice, also more affordable than Sarnico. From among our many listings, you can choose from a 35 sq m one bed/one bath apartment in a newly renovated building, with pool and other amenities for 70,000 euros. You could just as easily choose a 300 sq m home with garden, pool and lake access.
In the northern part of the lake, Lovere has in recent years made a name for itself as a premier tourist destination. Some of its attractions are the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Valvendra, the St. George church, the 12th century civic tower, the Accademia di Belle Arti Tadini art gallery and the Civic Museum of Natural History. There is a big square in the town centre and a pier along the lake. We have some beautiful properties on offer along the lake whose price is higher than the nearby villages. So according to your budget choose the best destination!
Sulzano and Sale Marasino
The two small communes of Sulzano and Sale Marasino are located on the eastern shores of the lake and both offer breath-taking views over the mesmerizing Monte Isola, an island rising from the water of Lake Iseo. Property here are very competitively priced. Among our amazing opportunities on offer in Sulzano. Here for example you can grab a 2 bedroom apartment with panoramic garden and terrace for around €200,000.
A New Upcoming Project for Lake Iseo: The Floating Piers
If you’re heading to Italy this summer, make sure to stop by Lake Iseo between June 18 and July 3 2016, and you’ll have the chance to walk on water.
How? Artist Christo designed a unique project consisting of a floating dock which will develop for three kilometres on lake Iseo waters, and it will continue on land for 1.5 kilometers.
This will be a temporary structure and it is going to be “the event of the year” in Italy.
What are you waiting for? Come to Lake Iseo and throw open your window onto its spectacular views!
[Featured image by Piero Annoni – Fotografo]