Nestled in the heart of Lombardy’s countryside, between Lake Iseo and Monte Marone, is the charming Italian town of Marone. By the eastern shores of the lake, it’s conveniently located near to neighbouring lakeside villages and townships -with Sale Marasino merely a 5 minute drive (4 minutes by train or bus) while Sulzano, Pisogne, and Iseo are all less than 12km away. Regular trains travel to Brescia, Breno, and even Edolo, while buses also include additional destinations like Iseo and Ceto. The train to Brescia in particular transits along the east coast of Lake Iseo, passing through several of the stunning communities previously mentioned –the entire trip taking only 49 minutes. Ferries also connect Marone to other locales across Lake Iseo, such as Riva Di Solto and Siviano.
Despite Marone’s idyllic position on the banks of Lake Iseo making it an ideal retreat from urban life, the conveniences of the city are never far away. Using the SP510 motorway the cities of Brescia and Bergamo are around 60km away, while the cultural capital of Milan is 1 hour thirty by train or car (by using the A4). Within the borders of Marone itself an assortment of commercial options can be found. Shops and delicatessens such as Azienda Agricola Livio Camplani offer delicious cheeses, high quality wines, and a variety of other groceries. Specialty boutiques and tobacconists are also present, as are a number of basic public services. These include schools, a bank, library, police station, pharmacy, and post office. The majestic Parrocchia di Marone church and its impressive bell clock tower presides over the gorgeous waterfront stone promenade while the Eremo di San Pietro church overlooks the municipality from a hill to the east, giving incredible vistas of Lake Iseo and Monte Marone. Green spaces cultivated with olives are a common sight in Marone, while areas like its nearby soccer field and marina are always teeming with activity.
Walking through Marone’s streets is like taking a stroll through a traditional picturesque storybook town. Enchanting cobblestone walkways pass cafés, shops, and iconic Italian apartments with quaint balconies, while wide boulevards like the Via Roma serve as a major route around the community. Strolling along the Via Roma in order to pick up an Italian espresso from Peccati di Gola, a mouth-watering pastry from Bar Centrale, or even refreshing ice cream from Gelateria Cafè Retro allows residents to feast their eyes on the beauty of Lombardy as Brescia’s rolling hills and Monte Marone tower in the background. Marone’s lush yards, gardens and open spaces further create wonderful uninterrupted views around the townscape, while the warm vibrant colours of its homes are charming and inviting.
The delightful comune of Marone provides a balance between serenity and accessibility. With numerous connections to neighbouring municipalities, and the abundant beauty of Lake Iseo on its shores, this town retains its old world Italian soul – complete with classic architecture, stonework roads, and beautiful countryside scenery.
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