Our tour begins from Lake Iseo, with Provaglio and the church of San Pietro in Lamosa, standing as a lookout over the lake and the marshland below. It was built in the 11th century on the site of an earlier Roman temple. In 1083 it was given to the Cluniac order which transformed it into a monastery. The bell-tower is original, while the church mainly dates from two centuries later. The church itself has a particular aura, not least due to the colouring that the building's stones assume at sunset. Lunch in a restaurant in Iseo. In the afternoon visit of a vineyard in Franciacorta, the famous area for its fine wines in the surroundings of Lake Iseo. Dinner and overnight in Iseo.
Breakfast in hotel. We reach Pisogne, at the head of Lake Iseo, and here we visit the magnificent Church of Santa Maria della Neve, which houses one of the most important works of art in Lombardy. The frescoes by romanino, painted between 1532 and 1534, cover all the ceilings and walls, providing visitors with an unforgettable impression of the great heights this artist reached. Lunch in a restaurant.At this point we enter the Valcamonica valley, and we are heading to discover more about these early peoples on our way up towards Capo di Ponte, but before reaching it, we stop to Darfo Boario Terme, a famous spa resort,where we visit the small church Chiesetta of the oratory (or dei morti) with frescoes by Pietro da Cemmo (1490) , the romanic bridge and Luine Park, a hill where the first prehistoric rock engravings have been discovered. Dinner and overnight in Boario Terme.
Breakfast in hotel. We continue our tour reaching Esine and visiting the remarkable Church of Santa Maria Assunta (today a national monument). It was built in 1400 and still displays an elegant bell-tower with double windows that holds the oldest bell in the valley, cast in 1535. Inside the church, the fresco cycle by Giovan Pietro da Cemmo, dating from 1491 to1493, is one of the most important works of art in the whole of Brescia area and in Lombardy. The great Christ Omnipotent in the magnificent presbitery seems to protect the awe-struck visitor from above. Lunch in a restaurant.
We continue our visit with the town of Bienno that contains treasures of a very different sort. We visit the historic centre with its narrow streets and the Magli hammer watermills that are a rare relic of life in the town and the whole Valcamonica valley. Perhaps even in prehistoric times, people used the water running down from the mountainside to provide energy, a form of energy that has since been used to turn wheel and power the Magli hammers. And the hammers were employed to beat molten iron into the desired shape. The same methods have been used for about two thousand years, while the mills, the techniques and the traditions have hardly changed over the centuries. Dinner and overnight in Boario Terme.
Dates: all year
Prices: from € 450
Accomodation in 3*- 4* hotels.
Full board treatment.
Visits with guide and entrances fees.
| groups minimun 25 people|
|San Pietro in Lamosa|
|Montecchio, the bridge.|
|Fresco S. Maria della Neve|
|S. Maria Assunta|
Breakfast in hotel. We reach Cerveno on the right banks of the river Oglio. Cerveno offers visitors one of the best-preserved examples of the Stations of the Cross in the whole of Europe. Towards the end of the 13th century, work was started on the building of the Sanctuary at Cerveno, and according to the traditions of two centuries earlier, a reconstruction of the Temple Mount at Jerusalem was created.
|Cerveno, Via Crucis|
The sculptures were entrusted to Fantoni, but after his death in 1734 they were continued by Beniamino Simoni who completed the 14 chapels. Each chapel contains scenes from the Station of the Cross according to the holy scriptures. Lunch in a restaurant.
In the afternoon we visit the national Park of Rock Engravings in Capo Di Ponte, the most important site for prehistoric art in the Alps, included by UNESCO in the "World Heritage List". The park contains thousands of examples of rock engravings done by peoples who inhabited these valleys in prehistoric times. It may be useful for scientists to try to explain and interpret these carvings, but the vastness of them, and the mysterious fascination they bestow are more than enough to encourage most visitors to simply walk along the mountains paths and silently admire the messages that "primitive" peoples wished to pass on to future generations, thousands of years ago. Dinner and overnight in Capo di Ponte.
Breakfast in hotel. In the morning we continue our visit of Capo di Ponte with the Parish of San Siro, the oldest church of the valley,which rises from a rock spur.. It was built on the site of a Roman building, some pieces of which were used in the construction of the church. The present Romanesque building was built between the XI_XII centuries and in the XV century the bell tower was raised. The church has three naves, divided by white marble columns, ending with three apses side by side. Frescoes are visible on the walls of the small cell in front of the crypt. We then go to the Monastery of San Salvatore, from the XI_XII centuries,which is on the slopes of the mountain left of river Oglio and is half hidden behind the trees. It is a jewel of romanesque Burgundian style in Italy with its octagonal lantern tower which rises with the severity of a tower, ennobled by double lancet windows. The interior has three naves with a transept. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon we go back to Boario terme to visit the small fascinating Lake Moro with its village where only 25 people still live there. Dinner and overnight in Boario Terme .
6th DAY . Breakfast and departure.
|Rock engravings. |
|S. Siro |