At the southern tip of Lake Iseo lies a magic place where the encounter of land and water creates a very interesting natural area, protected by Lombardy Region. It’s Torbiere del Sebino, a natural peatbog declared ‘Wetland of International Importance’, ‘Special Area of Conservation’ (SAC), and ‘Special Protection Area’ (SPA). The nature of Lake Iseo becomes a treasure. Let’s find out more.
Torbiere del Sebino covers about 360 hectares within the municipalities of Iseo, Provaglio d’Iseo, and Corte Franca. The area is a wetland/marshland recognized as Nature Reserve. Its rushes and ponds are perfectly integrated in the surrounding landscape composed of cultivated fields, houses, and small roads in the Franciacorta region.
As the eyes of the visitors explore the reserve, they will find new things in any direction they look: the central area called Lame is a large expanse of water enclosed by embankments; in the north, Lamette is a peatbog lagoon directly on the lake (not open to visitors); basins in the south and west, and fields and meadows nearby. This nature blend has enormous environmental value. Moreover, it amazes visitors with intense sunrise and sunset views in a tranquil natural setting.
Torbiere offers several observation spots for birdwatching lovers. Grab your camera and binoculars to admire the beautiful colours and the behaviour of local birds, including purple herons, western marsh harriers, black kites, and great bitterns. You can also find other animals such as mammals (shrews, musk shrews, hazel dormice) and fish (tench, pike, eel, perch, carp, catfish).
Finally, plants are also noteworthy. Factors such as the depth of the water in the reserve influence the types of plants that can grow here. There are very different species, including some exotic plants.
Torbiere del Sebino are open every day of the year from dusk to sunset. There are 3 main entrances: Iseo, Provaglio, and Corte Franca. Each entrance has an automatic ticket kiosk; tickets are Euro 1 each. Schools can reserve guided tours. For comprehensive information, visit Torbiere’s official website.