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Franciacorta has an ancient and fascinating history, it is a unique region with multiple variations. An Italian excellence where wine has always played a leading role.

In the heart of Northern Italy

Franciacorta: lakes and islands

lakes and islands

TRADITIONAL FOOD SPECIALTIES: Casoncelli alla Bresciana (pasta stuffed with breadcrumbs and cheese), beef in oil, baked tench, skewered, dried sardines from Monteisola, cured meats and cheese.

WINES: Chardonnay, Pinot Nero, Pinot Bianco, Erbamat

MUST DO’S: A boat ride on Lake Iseo and a stop in Monteisola, take part in Franciacorta Festival which takes place every year in September with guided tours, tastings and special events (tours and picnics in the vineyards, bike rides).  


  • Iseo – Franciacorta: Places and Recipes, by Massimo Ghidelli
cartina franciacorta tra laghi e isole

Where is Franciacorta?

Franciacorta is in the Brescia area in Lombardy,  between Lake Iseo and the Milan-Brescia motorway. It covers just 20,000 hectares with a very high winemaking density and counts over 100 cellars.

It’s the land where the most aristocratic sparkling wine in Italy “Franciacorta” is made and is named after. Here Italy competes with France for the supremacy of brut: one of Made in Italy’s excellences.

The hilly landscape is covered by vineyards, small villages, castles, abbeys and patrician palaces… and of course by many cellars.


Grapes in a Franciacorta vineyard

Franciacorta: heaven for wine lovers

Overlooking the shores of Lake Iseo, it’s one of wine tourists’ most loved Italian destinations. The beginning of autumn is the best time to discover this extraordinary land, along Strada del Franciacorta (Franciacorta road) which winds through the hills through vineyards and cellars, driving, hiking or by bike.

BEST TIME TO GO: Just after the harvest, from the end of summer to the beginning of autumn, when the landscape gives its best and Franciacorta Festival takes place.

HOW TO GET THERE: Franciacorta is in the heart of Lombardy, 85 km from Milan by motorway, 75 km from Lecco, 35 km from Bergamo, 90 km from Verona. The region can be reached by Trenord regional trains (Iseo and Rovato stops) and by plane via Bergamo Orio al Serio airport (about 30 km).

HOW TO GET AROUND: Driving, by motorbike or bycicle.

WHERE TO STAY: Franciacorta has a wide range of hotels, B&Bs, apartments and campsites. Distances are limited  so there’s no specific place to prefer but advanced booking is highly recommended  for stays between the end of August and the beginning of October as this is the most requested time of the year.

HOW LONG SHOULD I STAY: This is the ideal destination for a weekend.

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My travel diaries...

Food and Wine Mini Marathon in Franciacorta

Food and Wine Mini Marathon in Franciacorta March 2022 On the occasion of my specialization course for Food and Wine Tourism Specialist  I am participating in an educational trip in Franciacorta, in the Brescia and Lake Iseo area. Summary Day 1 |Visit to the historic center of Brescia, lunch at 21 Grammi restaurant, transfer to Castenedolo and visit to Peri-Bigogno cellars, dinner in Darfo Boario Terme, overnight in Lovere Day 2 | Boat tour of Lake Iseo, lunch in Peschiera Maraglio, Visit to the La Vela oil mill in Marone, Visit to the Ricci Curbastro winery in Franciacorta Day 3|

February 6, 2023