Alto Sebino: A Magical Land to Enjoy 365 Days a Year
7 August 2016
Located on the enchanting western bank of Lake Iseo, Lovere was defined by the English writer Lady Wortley Montagu, who stayed here for a lengthy period, as “the most romantic place I have ever seen in my life”.
– Gallery of the Tadini Academy of fine arts – the heart of the collection are the masterpieces by Antonio Canova: the “Religione”, a rare terracotta scale model, and the “Stele Tadini” located in the chapel;
– St. Mary’s Basilica in Valvendra: it was built between 1473 and 1483 in Renaissance style, with Venetian influences.
– Sanctuary of Lovere Saints Gerosa and Capitanio: place of pilgrimage for the whole of the north on Italy;
– Civic Tower: discover the town’s history by taking an exciting climb inside it with a breathtaking view of Lovere and the lake;
– Lovere Marina is one of the largest port structures on a European with mooring and dry dock space for hundreds of boats.
The villas on the uplands were built in the second half of the 1800s by the bourgeois and liberal nobles, followers of Garibaldi, anti-papists and those favouring Rome as capital of Italy. For this reason, the owners gave Roman names or names related to Risorgimento events to the homes. Since then, the area has been called Sette Colli (Seven Hills) and amongst the villas we find the following names: Aventino (Aventine), Quirinale (Quirinal), Campidoglio (Capitoline), Caprera and Quarto al Monte, Celio (Caelian), Esquilino (Esquiline), Palatino (Palatine), Viminale (Viminal), Pincio (Pincian), Quattroventi, Suello, and Belvedere. Guided tours on the itinerary of the villas are offered periodically to explore their history and interesting details.
“VALLE DEL FREDDO” NATURAL RESERVE
Located at an altitude between 350 and 700 meters above sea level, it shows a wide variety of plant species (among which edelweiss, gentians and rhododendron) that are normally found at 1000 meters and more often at 1500 meters of height. This is due to a marked micro-thermal phenomenon that takes place with the emission of freezing air from some “cold holes” or gorges in the ground. The site can be visited only on Saturdays and Sundays in May, June and July. The entrance is free.
THE ORRIDI (GORGES) AT RIVA DI SOLTO AND CASTRO
Along the road facing Lake Iseo in the stretch between Riva di Solto and Castro, one finds the magnificent spectacle of the gorges, imposing vertical sheer rock faces plunging directly into the water. Particularly noteworthy is the Orrido (gorge) del Bögn in Zorzino locality in Riva di Solto offering a breathtakingly beautiful inlet, sheer rocks and the crystal blue waters of the lake washing a small shingle beach.
The Tinazzo gorge park
Extending over a surface area of more than 20,000 m2, the Tinazzo gorge park offers visitors a fascinating context of floristic and vegetational interest, due to its intricate morphology and the nature of the rock of which it is composed. Two enormous pillars of more than 40 metres in height, serve as wings at the entrance of the gorge along which hundreds of millions of cubic metres of sand and rock reached Lake Iseo transported by the impetuous force of the waters of the Borlezza stream.
THE FOSSIL LAKES PARK OF SOVERE
Known internationally as the “natural archive of Pianico-Sellere”, it is the only place in the world where 50,000 years of our planet’s history between 800,000 and 755,000 years ago can be studied. The educational itineraries that have been set up allow visitors to observe this spectacular stratigraphic sequence close-up. The only intact fossil of a deer in Europe was found here in 2001. Info: www.parco-laghifossili-sovere.it
CYCLING TRACK ALONG THE RIVER OGLIO
Flanking the River Oglio and starting from Costa Volpino, the track allows you to travel through Valcamonica and go as far as Capo di Ponte. The completely flat track offers cyclists enchanting panoramas and breathtaking landscapes.