My year in Franciacorta 2016 is beginning to go into high gear and I’m already working on plans with my counterparts at the Franciacorta consortium for visits to the region later this year.
One thing we’ve discussed at length is the fact that Franciacorta will be overrun with tourists from June 18 to July 3, when visitors will be able to visit artist Christo’s installation “Floating Piers” on Lake Iseo.
There is some concern — a lot of concern, actually! — that hotel rooms will not be available, especially for those who wait until the last minute to book.
And so I wanted to share this list of Franciacorta-consortium-affiliated hotels and agriturismi.
I’ve stayed in some of these hotels myself and this is definitely a good place to start if you plan to stay in the area during the installation (as I do).
I have a lot of travel tips for Franciacorta that I will share in coming months. It’s only February but the spring is around the corner!
From June 18 to July 3, 2016, weather permitting, Italy’s Lake Iseo will be reimagined. 70,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 200,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, will undulate with the movement of the waves as The Floating Piers rise just above the surface of the water.
Visitors will experience this work of art by walking on it from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo, which it encircles. The mountains surrounding the lake will offer a bird’s-eye view of The Floating Piers, exposing unnoticed angles and altering perspectives.
A 3-kilometer-long walkway will be created as The Floating Piers extend across the water of Lake Iseo. The piers will be 16 meters wide and approximately 50 centimeters high with sloping sides. The fabric will continue along 1.5 kilometers of pedestrian streets in Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio.
Image and description via ChristoJeanneClaude.net.