A flight from Dublin to Bergamo is a most excellent gateway to a Ryanair weekend city break in Italy. Bergamo itself has a ton to offer but the city is also conveniently close to the Italian Lakes (e.g., Lake Como, Lake Garda). Lake Iseo is the nearest lake to Bergamo (about a 40 minute drive to Sarnico). In contrast, the distance from Bergamo to Lake Como takes about 2 hours by car. We took an epic day trip from Bergamo to Lake Iseo in October for a bit of sun and scenery covering a ton of ground in just a single day on public transportation.
Taking the Bus from Bergamo to Tavernola
We started our day trip to Lake Iseo Italy on the bus from Città Bassa in Bergamo to Tavernola, about an hour and a half ride. Tavernola is a sleepy little town on Lake Iseo. As we waited for the ferry to embark on the next stage of our journey, we took a quiet stroll along the serene Italian lake.
Cruise past Monte Isola on Lake Iseo
Riding the ferry, we cruised on Lake Iseo past Monte Isola, the largest island in a lake in not only Italy but in Southern and Central Europe. We didn't have time to stop off and explore but circumnavigating the island, we saw some of the major features including a castle tower on the island's peak.
Riding the Ferry to Iseo Town
Cruising on from Monte Isola, we soon arrived in Iseo Town, the town named after the lake (or is the lake named after the town? I think we have a chicken and egg problem). Lovely cafes dot the waters of Lake Iseo. We dined al fresco at Lido dei Platani on pizza, fresh seafood, and a bottle of local red wine. A perfect afternoon on the Italian Lakes!
Riding the Train from Iseo to Brescia
Our whirlwind day trip on Lake Iseo concluded with a train ride from Iseo to Brescia, a town dotted with charming Roman ruins often standing side by side with modern day architecture.
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Riding the train from Brescia back to Bergamo
As the sun set, we hopped on a train in Brescia back to Bergamo amazed at the amount of ground we covered across the Italian lakes district in just a single day. For a truly scenic day filled with great food, wine, and history too, spend some time exploring the towns around Lake Iseo. Searching for day trip ideas from Bergamo? If so, I highly recommend hitting the road from Bergamo for a fulfilling day trip riding public transportation around Lake Iseo.
Bergamo to Lake Iseo Map
Click on the map below to access an interactive version covering the points of interest visited on our Bergamo to Lake Iseo day trip.