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.
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.
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.”
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!