One of the “Most beautiful villages in Italy“, Lovere was described by the English writer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu as “the most romantic place I have ever seen in my life”.
Squeezed between the lake and the mountains, the town looks like a large amphitheatre with beautiful buildings built with good taste and perfect architectural sense.
SIGHT SEEING ATTRACTIONS
Gallery of the Tadini Fine Arts Academy: the oldest Lombard museum of the 19th century. The works the Religion and the Tadini Stele by Antonio Canova are the core of the collection.
The Basilica of Santa Maria in Valvendra (15th century): presents classical Renaissance architectural forms with Venetian influences. The works of greatest value comprise the large panels of the organ painted on the outside by Ferramola and on the inside by “Moretto”.
Sanctuary of the Loverese Saints Capitanio and Gerosa: pilgrimage destination from all over northern Italy.
The old hamlet and the Civic Tower with the suggestive internal ascending path that allows you to enjoy breathtaking top views of Lovere and the lake.
Civic Museum of Natural Sciences: this is home to a rich collection of birds, mammals, shells, butterflies and minerals
Tourist Port: one of the largest and most modern port facilities on European lakes.
IT IS INTERESTING TO KNOW THAT
Mario Stoppani, Ace of the Air Force of the Great War and a pioneer of the Italian Air Force, landed several times in the waters in front of the town with his seaplane; along these roads Giacomo Agostini, the unforgettable “fifteen times World Champion”, rode his first few kilometres on the saddle of his motorbike. For over 150 years, the world’ quietest train wheels have been cast and forged in the Lucchini RS plant: today the company is a world leader in this field.
NOT TO BE MISSED
The Alto Lago Cruise– The tour starts from Pisogne and, going through Lovere, reaches Castro, Riva di Solto, Marone and finally Carzano (Monte Isola). It takes place from March to September on weekends and public holidays. www.navigazionelagoiseo.it
An ice cream at the Bar Centrale – In every season, a high quality crafted product with a superlative taste.
SPORTS, WALKS AND EXCURSIONS
Walk on the beautiful lakeside promenades 2 km long coastline where it is possible to enjoy picturesque walks along the lake, encountering different historical, architectural and landscape features that will make the visitor feel and look at water in a whole new way.
San Giovanni in Monte Cala – After parking in Piazzale Bonomelli, head towards the church of San Giorgio and continue left along via D. Celeri. After a short walk it is possible to reach Davine where, near a votive chapel, the crossroads leading to Carassone branches out, among woods, meadows and wide panoramic views over Lovere and Sebino. The very characteristic road, surrounded by vegetation, with a route that is partly uphill and partly flat, leads to the Sanctuary of San Giovanni, where it is possible to enjoy an impressive view over the entire lake Iseo, the Val Cavallina and the Valle Camonica. Refreshments are available on site.
Water and rock experiences – Rowing: group and individual courses for beginners and more advanced. Canoes rental service. Sailing: courses from basic to advanced level for both adults and children. Sailboats rental service. Excursions to discover the mountains of Alto Sebino are open to everyone. School of mountaineering, ski mountaineering and climbing.
HOW TO GET THERE
By bus – Lovere can be reached by bus from Milan, Bergamo, Pisogne and the Camonica Valley, thanks to the Bergamo Trasporti company.
By boat – In winter Lovere is reachable by boat only from Pisogne. From the end of March to the end of September also from other villages. Timetable and routes on Navigazione Lago d’Iseo