Italy. Lago d’Iseo. Visiting Christo’s artwork “The Floating Piers”

Sulzano Lagos d'Iseo If  you have read my plans for Italy post, you know that about 10 days ago I decided to go to Italy to see the Floating Piers on Lago d’Iseo. The Floating Piers are the latest work of Bulgarian artist Christo who is well-known for his large-scale outdoor installations such as the wrapping of the Reichstag, the islands in Miami surrounded with pink fabric and The Gates in Central Park NYC.

walking on the Floating Piers

The Floating Piers are a 3 km long walkway covered with orange fabric connecting the island – Monte Isola, the biggest inhabited island in Southern Europe – with the town Sulzano on the mainland. Furthermore there are 2 walkways leading from Monte Isola to the little Island of San Paolo and 2,5 kilometers of pedestrian walkways in the towns of Sulzano and Pschiera Maraglio covered with fabric.

Monte Isola

on Monte Isola

Admission to the Floating Piers is free, as are all of Christos outdoor projects. According to Christo the piers “are an extension of the street and belong to everyone.”

Floating Piers Sulzano

I stayed in Bergamo for 3 nights (in this B&B – I highly recommend it) since I got super cheap Ryanair flights to Bergamo Airport. The journey from my hostel to the Floating Piers should have taken 2,5 hours but ended up being 4,5 hours due to train delays and a cancelled train. This cut my visit short but I still got to walk over all the piers, lying in the sun for a while and watch the thousands of people walk by, enjoy a Grantia (lemon slush – favourite thing in Italy) while sitting on the pier and have a snack on Monte Isola. This has definitely a once in a lifetime experience and I am so happy I got to go. Hopefully in the future I get to visit even more of his artworks!

 

barefoot on the floating piers  on the Floating Piers

“Those who experience The Floating Piers will feel like they are walking on water – or perhaps the back of a whale. The light and water will transform the bright yellow fabric to shades of red and gold throughout the sixteen days.” (Christo)
San Paolo and the floating piers
The Floating Piers are still open until Sunday 3rd of July, if you have a chance to go then do it – you won’t regret it! But bring enough time, sunscreen and water!
walking on the Floating Piers by Christo
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