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Lake Iseo
Lake Iseo or Sebino is located at 180 m altitude in the Prealps, located at the bottom of the Val Camonica, with an area of 65.3 km² and a maximum depth of 251 meters, it is wedged between the provinces of Brescia and Bergamo and it hosts the largest natural lake island in Italy as well as the highest lake island in Europe: Monte Isola, to which the two islets of Loreto and San Paolo act as satellites to the north and south. Its main tributary and emissary is the Oglio river and also contains more than 500 different animal species. The first signs of human life on Lake Iseo are some findings made in Sarnico of remains of stilts which confirm a prehistoric presence, while the Camuni were attested to the north of Lake Iseo, in Val Camonica. From the plains the Etruscans and Celts rise to the north until the Roman conquest. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the barbarian invasions and various dominations follow one another, including the Lombard one. In 774 Charlemagne occupied the Val Camonica and part of Lake Iseo, making a donation to the monks of Tours. In 1161 Federico Barbarossa descends from Val Camonica and on 12 June he conquers, plunders and burns Iseo. The area will subsequently experience the continuous struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines. The intervention of the Venetian Republic followed in 1428 and its occupation of the entire lake and valley area, followed by a period of peace until 1509. In 1797, with the end of the Venetian domination, Val Camonica and Pisogne they are assigned to the Serio department and united with Bergamo. They will return to be part of the province of Brescia in 1859, when, after the defeat of the Austrian troops in San Martino and Solferino, the territory is reunited with the rest of Lombardy to the kingdom of Sardinia, the first stage of the unification of Italy. The western or Bergamo shore is very varied: from Sarnico to Predore there are stretches of beach, then the landscape becomes wild with sheer cliffs and spurs of rock (spectacular are the ravines or "bögn" of Castro and Zorzino), which follow one another interrupted only by the small deltas formed by the streams of the side valleys, where the coastal towns are located. Only here and there, in short sunny spaces, do vines and olive trees appear; otherwise it is all bare rock. The villages of Tavernola Bergamasca, Portirone (hamlet of Parzanica), Riva di Solto, Castro, Lovere follow one another.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 17608 W: 130 N: 36928] (201716)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2020-07-15
  • Exposure: f/0.6, 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2020-08-12 0:26
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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 17608 W: 130 N: 36928] (201716)
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