The twin towns of Paratico and Sarnico lie on opposite sides of the river bank at the point where the river Oglio flows into Lake Iseo. They are part of different provinces - Bergamo and Brescia, but over the years have grown together and are only separated by a bridge.
Paratico is somewhat smaller than Sarnico, and also less touristy. Town life unfolds primarily (or exclusively) on the lake: There is a little shop at the bridge and otherwise a lovely lakeside promenade and a marina. It is also here on the lakefront that you will find the city's weekly market on Sundays. Paratico's original (and more historical) centre sits back a bit from the water, but commercial life generally sprawls out by the lake. You won't find any shops in the upper part of town but there is a bank, the town church and a fine view of Lake Iseo. The inhabitants of Paratico use the commercial facilities of Sarnico more so, because it has a richer commercial life and several squares. Sarnico is about. 50 m away - just across the bridge on foot.
Sarnico is located on the opposite shore to Paratico and forms the areas commercial centre. Here there are ice cream shops, kiosks and other shops. It also has a lakeside promenade and this is where the weekly market takes place every Thursday.
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