Lake Iseo is in the misty, southernmost foothills of the Alps. Sixty miles one way would take you into Switzerland and it is not much further in another to reach Austria. The lake's principal island, Monteisola, is the largest on any European lake and home to about 2,000 people. Between the southern tip of the lake and the autostrada connecting Milan with Venice lies the Franciacorta, a region highly respected for the quality of its wines. Up a winding mountain road to the south-east of the lake, elegant and tranquil in its carefully tended park, lies I Due Roccoli. Built of stone, and beautifully decorated inside, here is a place to rest and recharge batteries. Simply to praise the views is selling the place short because even the swimming pool has one, and from the moment you spot the vases of fresh roses on each of the tables on the fabulous terrace you know you have come to the right place.
  Fish from the lake, organically-grown produce from their own gardens and home-cured ham all feature on the menu. The spacious and spotless rooms are decorated in modern style with fine prints hanging on the walls. The staff are every bit as charming as their hotel. Our readers concur: 'maybe the best view anywhere I have ever been'; 'an amazing bargain'; 'great food'.