Lakes of Lombardia and Piemonte: Part 2 The Lago d’Iseo to the Lago di Garlate

Published on:  | Last updated: 26 December 2019

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Iseo to Paratico 10 kms
Paratico to Bergamo 35 kms
Bergamo to Villa d’Adda 22 kms
Villa d’Adda to Olginate 13 kms

This section of the tour takes you from the Lago d’Iseo to the Lago di Garlate via the city of Bergamo and the Franciacorte wine area.

The last part of this section of the route follows the Adda river. When I did it, it had been raining heavily and parts of the path were under­water - so if the water level is high it would be worth taking the road. 


It may be overshadowed by its bigger neighbour but the Lago d’Iseo is a lovely and offers some great possib­il­ities for cycling with a dramatic road along the western shore. However sadly the cycleway on the eastern side of the lake south from Pisogne has had to be closed for safety reasons. If you want to continue south by bike you have to take a long, uphill, unlit tunnel. One option would be to return by boat.


At Pisogne you could connect to the Ciclabile della Valcamonica. There’s inform­ation and gps downloads on the piste ciclabili site. I haven’t ridden the cycleway, but there are some videos on Youtube.

The cycleway offers a connection by road towards Temù and Ponte di Legno, where you can link to my suggested Dolomites (West-East) route.

You could also take the cycleway for a day-trip to see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed rock engravings at Capo da Ponte.

Cycleway near Bergamo (Lombardia)

Cycleway near Bergamo (Lombardia)

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Places to stay

Hotels and B&Bs

Find and book places to stay with pages for places on this section of the route:

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If you use these links to book accom­mod­ation will pay me a small part of their commission. This helps support the costs of producing this site.

I use to find and book places to stay when there are no campsites in the area. The large majority of hotels and many hostels are now on ‘Booking’. I like it because it means that I can get almost-instant confirm­ation. The rating system is also a reliable guide to the quality of the accommodation.

I’ve never had a problem finding places to keep my bike —even if it’s a cupboard or store room. I always use the ‘special requests’ field on the booking form to tell the hotel that I’m travelling with a bike, which gives them the oppor­tunity to let me know if there’s a problem.

Many properties offer free cancel­lation but it’s a good idea to check the condi­tions as these vary from property to property.


There are campsites around the Lago d’Iseo and at the Lago di Garlate.

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Transport and services


There are train stations at Bergamo and Lecco, and the route passes close to the Bergamo Caravaggio airport.

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