The rock carvings of Val Camonica constitute one of the largest collections of prehistoric petroglyphs in the world and were the first to be recognized World Heritage by UNESCO in Italy (1979).
Franciacorta is a beautiful piece of Lombard land characterised by an amazing landscape for its variety, its colours and its most precious treasure: the wine.
Day 1 – CAPO DI PONTE – BIENNO
Meeting in Capo di Ponte to visit the National Park of Rock Engravings of Naquane. The rock carvings of Valcamonica, rich in more than 300,000
figures carved on rock walls, are considered the most important example of rock art in Europe. Capo di Ponte, with its mysterious charm, is known worldwide for its high concentration of rock engravings. These prehistoric engravings were discovered in the early 1900s and allowed Valle Camonica to be, first in Italy, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1979.
Lunch at a restaurant.
Transfer to Bienno and visit of the village, belonging to the club “Borghi più belli d’Italia”. You can visit: the Eremo of Santi Pietro e Paolo, the beautiful complex of the church of Maddalena, the room of Santa Marta, the Cristo Re, Santa Maria (XIV century), the fine church frescoed by Fiamminghino.
In the evening transfer to the hotel on Lake Iseo.
Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 – FRANCIACORTA AND LAKE ISEO
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Rodengo Saiano. Upon arrival visit of the Olivetan Abbey of St. Nicholas. Founded by the monks of Cluny before 1050, the Abbey is certainly one of the most majestic and rich religious complexes in northern Italy. The greatest Brescian artists, Foppa, Romanino, Moretto, Gambara and Cossali, worked in the monastery
between 500 and 600.
Transfer to one of the cellars of Franciacorta, considered by many to be the only area of Italian sparkling wine production that reached levels comparable to those of Champagne. Guided tour of the cellar for a tasting of the best products from Brescia, naturally accompanied by a flute of Curtefranca wine.
After lunch, transfer to Lake Iseo for a private ferry cruise. Inside the Lake Iseo stands Monte Isola, the largest lake island in Europe, famous for the production of nets used by fishermen around the world and for the shipyards. The cruise will include the visit to the two private islands of the lake.
In the evening, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 – BRESCIA
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Brescia and guided walking
tour of the city. In the heart of the city is one of the most interesting archaeological areas in the north of Italy.You can see the imposing ruins of the Roman Forum, the Capitoline Temple (73 AD), the Basilica (I century AD), but alsothose of private houses with mosaics and frescoes. The III century theatre is nearby. Leaving Via Musei behind, within minutes you will reach the splendid view of the Cathedral Square (Piazza Paolo VI). The old Cathedral (Rotonda) is one of the few circular Romanesque churches, its shape goes probably back to that of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The New Cathedral was built between 1604 and 1825. With its 80 meters internal height the dome is the third largest in Italy after St. Peter’s in Rome and Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. Leaving Piazza del Duomo and walking under the characteristic arcades, you will reach Piazza della Loggia.
Lunch in a restaurant.
After lunch visit to the Museum of the Mille Miglia, “the most beautiful race in the world.”