RIVA DEL GARDA ISEO (Franciacorta Stage)


23 May 2018
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Wednesday
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155 km
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HIGHLIGHTS

ISEO (Franciacorta Stage)

On the south-eastern bank of Lake Iseo, which is named after it, Iseo is a small town that nests arount its medieval centre.

A trip to Iseo and to the lake Iseo (named like this after the village) is an opportunity to visit Franciacorta, the wine-growing area between Brescia and the southern part of the lake.

The recent history of this area is bound to the extraordinary wine Franciacorta, produced with grapes grown in vineyards spread over the hills, between medieval towers and ancient sixteenth-century palaces and villages, which perfectly embody a land dedicated since long time to wine-growing.

Here follows a brief guide with the main features of Franciacorta!

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FOOD

Manzo all’olio di Rovato (a kind of pot roast with gravy, typical of the town that has been an important meat market since the times of the Venetian Republic), Baked stuffed tench with polenta, the traditional dried sardines of Lake Iseo (Slow Food Presidium). The cheeses, for example, like Brescia Robiola, Stracchino, Pressato, Salva, Silter and the PDO Gorgonzola, Grana Padano, Provolone Valpadana and Quartirolo Lombardo. And the dried shad – a small freshwater fish – honey, cold cuts and cured meats, like the salami from Monte Isola, lightly smoked, and the Ret di Capriolo (venison). The extra virgin olive oil from Sebino and then the renowned grappas, distilled from the pressed marc of the grapes used to make Franciacorta wines, and the sweets, made in the traditional manner by the many pastry shops.

WINE

Franciacorta, Franciacorta Satèn, Franciacorta Rosé, Franciacorta Vintage Millesimato, Franciacorta Riserva, Curtefranca Doc White, Curtefranca Doc White with vineyard reference, Curtefranca Doc Red, Curtefranca Doc Red with vineyard reference, IGT Sebino.

MAIN SIGHTS

In Brescia (the starting point of the Franciacorta Road), there is the historic city center, with piazza del Duomo and piazza della Loggia, and the museums’ rich collections of art and historical pieces, especially so the Complex of Santa Giulia (World Heritage site by UNESCO together with the Capitolium) with the Museum of Santa Giulia, the basilica of San Salvatore, the oratory of Santa Maria in Solario, the church of Santa Giulia and the cloisters. In Rodengo Saiano: the Olivetana Abbey of San Nicola and the Musil, the Museum of Industry and Labor. In Rovato: the fifteenth century Convent of the Annunciation, on Monte Orfano, which provides a splendid view over the hills of Franciacorta and the plains. In Erbusco (home to the Franciacorta Consortium and the Franciacorta Road Association): the ruins of the ancient castle and the Romanesque church of Santa Maria Assunta. In the Ome area: the ancient Maglio Averoldi, which dates back to the fifteenth century. At Nigoline di Corte Franca: Palazzo Torri. In Provaglio d’Iseo: the Cluniac monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa. Don’t miss the Torbiere del Sebino (Sebino peat bogs), a nature preserve like no other in Europe, ideal for nature walks, the Botanical Gardens in Ome, the Falls of Monticelli Brusati and the Park of the Santissima in Gussago.

HISTORY

Population: 150.000

Foundation: Medieval age

Ancient name: Curtes Francae – Franzacurta

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