The smallest (but no less fascinating) of the great lakes of Lombardy conquers with Montisola, the undisputed Queen of the Lake and the biggest inhabited lake island in Europe, with a perimeter of almost 10 km. Rightly included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy, it not only physically dominates the dock and is its main attraction, equally used for tourism and its traditional purpose. Here, in the small villages that dot the huge mountain, next to bars and seafood restaurants, the same traditions are carried out: fishing, boat building, net production (not just for fishing, many netsmade here are used in the goals of most football fields). The island, that on its steep and still wild shores hides other surprise-villages (many hamlets of the unique municipality of Monte Isola), is pedestrianized, with the exception of mopeds used by the inhabitants, some rare auto service and the shuttle bus. So explore it by foot, going up along the road or along the trails in the shade of the woods to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ceriola, well-kept for centuries on the top of the mountain and guardian of a breath-taking view of the lake, the “sentinel islands” Loreto and San Paolo and Brescia and Bergamo shores. Along the way you’ll discover Siviano tower, Casa Morosini (ancient complex of stone houses) in the hamlet of Novale, the Martinengo and Ziliani palaces and Novali House in Carzano, Rocca Martinengo above Sensole, Palazzo Zirotti in Menzino… Typical and refined dishes of the island are hand-produced salami, slightly smoked in local cellars, sardines dried in the sun and the all the lake’s fish (perch, chub, whitefish, bleak, char, pike, etc.) cooked according to traditional recipes. Do not forget the green gold of Montisola: high quality DOP extra virgin olive oil.