Itinerary: Cellatica, Gussago, San Zenone, Ome, Rodengo Saiano, Cazzago
Take the wine route in Franciacorta to discover wines, local products, traditional dishes, and ancient art treasures
If you are a wine lover, this is the tour you should not miss. Let's visit Franciacorta in Lombardy, a hilly area located between Brescia and the southern end of Lake Iseo. Here, you will discover exceptional wines, local products and traditional dishes, without neglecting the ancient art treasures of this beautiful corner of Italy.
The tour starts from Brescia and will wander about the vineyards and wineries in many charming villages: Cellatica, Gussago, San Zeno, Ome, Rodengo Saiano, Cazzago San Martino, Rovato, Erbusco, Adro, Roe, Corte Franca, Provaglio d'Iseo, and Iseo. Follow the wine route in Franciacorta on our map below and taste its famous nectars: white or red Curtefranca DOC, Satèn Franciacorta DOCG, Rosé Franciacorta DOCG, Franciacorta DOCG Millesimato, Franciacorta DOCG Riserva and IGT Sebino.
This is one of the most famous and appreciated wine areas in Italy: taste these wines and you will find out why. And, in order to make this experience even more pleasant, you can combine a glass of these amazing wines with tastings of local cheeses or cold cuts: Grana Padano, Gorgonzola DOP, Luganega, Missoltini Quartirolo DOP, Robiole Bresciane, Salame of Monte Isola, Soppressata of Brescia, Salamina Mista, and Taleggio DOP. If this is not enough and your stomach is still wanting for more, then you can sit in one of the many local restaurants and taste the typical dishes of this area, such as the fried Alborelles (a small fish), Casonsèi (a type of stuffed pasta), polenta with beef, the Brescian-style spit roast, the tench with baked polenta, and the tasty local tripe.
The landscape along this route is charming, thanks to the amazing colors that change with the alternation of seasons. The beautiful vineyards-covered hills are scattered with picturesque bed&breakfasts, rural farms, wine houses and distilleries. You can follow this route by car or, even better, by bike: there are some tracks that covers the whole area and that will allow you to discover its beauty by a very close point of view!
If you do not want to miss the typical Italian art and architecture, this area is for you as well. The route is rich in beautiful treasures: you can visit the Monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa, overlooking Torbiere del Sebino, a true natural heaven.
On Monte Orfano, near Rovato, you can admire the precious Annunciation by Gerolamo Romanino preserved in Convento dell'Annunciata. You can also visit the Olivetan Abbey of St. Nicholas, one of the largest Benedictine complexes in Italy, located in the town of Rodengo Saiano. Finally, a medieval building in the town of Orme is home to a still-functioning smithy, where valuable damask blades are forged.