The Scenic Walk from Castro to San Defendente

This scenic and panoramic walk starts at the highest point of the village of Castro, follows a beautiful path on the hill that runs along the lake, enters the wood and goes up hill to the little church of San Defendente, one of the most panoramic spots of  Lake Iseo.

  • Starting Point: Castro (BG)
  • Time: 2.30 hours (the entire walk, but you can also do just part of it and still enjoying the panorama)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Gears: hiking boots o trainers
  • Water on the way: no
  • Best time: all year around

Park your car around via Coletto in Castro. At the end of the street you will see a shrine in front of you.

Take the path to the left that goes slightly uphill. Keep following the path. When you find a fork, keep the left and follow the sign “Sentiero Agrituristico del Lago d’Iseo” (path number 565).

After around 10/15 minutes, the path goes slightly uphill. At the end, when you see the lake in front of you, you will find another fork, with a larger path that goes uphill and a smaller path – which you will take – that continues downhill.

Here the scenic route begins. The path runs along the lake and  you can admire the majestic Mount Corna dei Trenta Passi.

Continue on this path and enjoy the view! At some point you will enter the wood again and you will find a fork.

Now you have a choice: you can either continue straight on this path until it ends (in the village of Solto Collina) and come back the same way; or take the path 565C that, after a climb in the woods of about 20 minutes, will lead you to the little church of San Defendente, where you can rest whilst admiring the panorama of Lake Iseo.

After the climb, it’s time to sit back and relax on one of the benches that surround the church and admire the view. The mountains, the lake and Montisola.

Once you have rested and are ready to go again, head back towards Castro along the same path.

Map of Path 565

Map of Path 565B

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