Clusane is a little village of 2,000 inhabitants along the south part of Lake Iseo, in Iseo municipality. It is a village of Franciacorta, a region well known for its wine, especially red and sparkling wine: around the village you can see many vineyards and if you came on late August/September you'll see the grape harvest (and if you want, you can contact a wine producer to take part in the harvest).
Clusane is also known as The village of the roasted tench (in Italian: Paese della Tinca al Forno) because of its famous dish: the roasted tench (a variety of fish from the lake).
The village was founded during the Bronze Age as many ruins of old palafittes can confirm. During the Roman Age a bath was built, and you can see some ruins of this in the eastern part of the lakefront (Lungolago Capponi).
Clusane has been a fishing village since the 18th century.
The nearest airport is:
Clusane's main bus station is located in Via Risorgimento. Lines passing by Clusane are:
- "LS002" (Sarnico-Iseo);
- "LS003" (Iseo-Palazzolo sull'Oglio-Chiari);
- "LS021" (Iseo-Orzinuovi);
- "LS027" (Brescia-Cazzago San Martino-Brescia);
For more information you can go here.
During the summer you can reach Clusane by boat from Monte Isola and the other towns by Lake Iseo (Predore, Sarnico, Monte Isola, Sulzano, Sale Marasino, Tavernola Bergamasca, Iseo, Marone, Vello, Riva di Solto, Castro, Pisogne and Lovere). Prices and timetables are available here.
If you are approaching Clusane by boat you have to walk straight ahead over the old spinning mill and the fisherman's harbour.
1 Carmagnola Castle, Via Ponta 2, Clusane (from Iseo it is necassary to take a bus, a car or a bike. See get around section), e-mail: email@example.com. Now the castle is private but it's possible to visit it by appointment. Situated on a little hill in the historic centre of the village, this castle was built under the government of Oldofredi, a local feudal family, in the 14th century, but its current name is more recent: in 1427 The Republic of Venice obtained this castle and then it was given to an important chieftain, Francesco di Bussone, called Carmagnola. It has a square plan with a central court, and in the past there was a deep defensive ditch with a drawbridge.
2 Christ the King Parish Church (Chiesa Parrocchiale di Cristo re), Between Via Risorgimento and Via di Bernardo. Clusane's parish church
3 St. Gervasius and Protasius Old Church (Chiesa Vecchia), Via della chiesa vecchia. Once Clusane's Parish church, now it is used for conference and concert. it was built in the 15th century.
4 St. Rocco Church (Chiesetta di S. Rocco), Via San Rocco. Small church near the harbour built in the 16th century.
As in many other towns by Lake Iseo, in Clusane you can swim in the lake or in some swimming pools or sunbathe. The mayor lido in Clusane is:
You can also do wake board:
3 Hiking on Clusane mountain. You can walk on Clusane mountain between vineyards and chestnut trees (you can collect chestnuts in Autumn) and reach the top of the mountain.
Clusane hasn't got many shops, who loves shopping has to go to Iseo or to Erbusco where there is a big shopping center (the one in Corte Franca is small). If you want some fresh water fish, you have to go to Clusane's fisherman cooperative:
1 Cooperativa pescatori Lago d'Iseo, Via Porto. Small shop where you can buy some fish.
In many of Clusane's restaurants and hotels you can eat the roasted tench (Clusane's most famous dish). Every year during the third week of July OTC (association of Clusane's touristic operator) you can eat this dish at 22€ per person (the menu includes the tench, a dessert, a coffee, some water and some vine - menu available only at OTC members).
2 Pizzeria Ristorante il Ghiottone, Via Risorgimento 166, ☎ .
4 Ristorante Pizzeria Lido Belvedere, Via Risorgimento 132, ☎ .
5 Ristorante Pizzeria La Barca, Via Ponta 65, ☎ . OTC member
7 Osteria Pane al Sale, Via Corte Filanda Pirola, ☎ .
10 Ristorante Punta da Dino, Via Ponta 33, ☎ . OTC member
11 Ristorante Villa Giuseppina, Via Risorgimento 2, ☎ . OTC member
13 Ristorante Barro, Via Risorgimento trav. XI 1, ☎ .
In Clusane there aren't any internet cafes and free wifi internet connections (the only possibilities is to use bar and restaurant's ones).
- Iseo — the most famous town by Lake Iseo;
- Monte Isola - the highest European lake island, reachable by boat from Iseo;
- Brescia — the biggest town of the province, it is quite famous for the roman temple Capitolium and for St. Giulia's Museum with Roman villas and Santa Giulia's Royal Lombard Monastery, a UNESCO site.
- Capo di Ponte — in Val Camonica, it is famous for Rock Drawings, a UNESCO site.
|Routes through Clusane|
|Sarnico ← Paratico ←||W E||→ Cremignane → Iseo|