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Sale Marasino,  on Lake Iseo about 25km from Brescia, 70/80 km from Bergamo ( Orio al Serio airport).

 

 Sale Marasino is on the Brescia – Edolo railway line and is an ideal base for exploring Lake Iseo, with Montisola, the largest lake island in Europe as well as small towns along the lakeside such as Iseo, Lovere, Pisogne and Sarnico, the wine –producing area of Franciacorta, and the beautiful natural environment of an area which has not yet been discovered by the mass tourism which characterizes other lakes in the north of Italy but which is also handy for day trips to historical cities of art and culture like Verona, Bergamo, Brescia and Mantova or for the more adventurous the mountains and ski resorts of ValleCamonica, the spa and beauty centre in Boario Terme and the rock art in Capo di Ponte.

Pumpkin Festival  One of the most important occasions in Sale Marasino takes place in September and is the Pumpkin Festival. During the week-long festival which is called "Sale in Zucca", a pun on the Italian saying according to which if you have "sale in zucca" and that is salt in your pumpkin which is a metaphor for head, you are full of common sense, there are many interesting events from an exhibition of baroque costumes, to hot-air balloon rides, fireworks, a craft market including stands of food and drink and open-air eateries. The main event is however the pumpkin competition to find the largest pumpkin, a 507kilo pumpkin took first prize in last year’s edition. All local trattorias and restaurants have special pumpkin-based menus. The event is organized by  club Maspiano di Sale Marasino.

 

Nearby markets where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables, lake fish, cooked food such as roast chicken or fried fish and chips as well as having a look at the stalls selling everything from clothes to shoes to household goods.:

Iseo: Tuesday and Friday

Sale Marasino: Wednesday

Pisogne: Friday

Lovere: Saturday

From the flat it's just ten minutes walk (two minutes by car) along the lake or through the olive groves to the centre of Sale Marasino, where you can find all facilities from banks to shops, bars, “gelaterie”, restaurants and the Lake ferry stop