The last municipality north of the eastern shore, Pisogne is where lake and mountain meet. The characteristic historical centre, formed by narrow arcades and ancient pastel-coloured palaces, faces the lake, a place where taking a stroll is very pleasant.
The heart of the town is the elegant Piazza Corna Pellegrini, surrounded by characteristic arcades and where the monumental Bishop’s Tower built in 1250 is located. A few steps away, on a raised position, is the parish church, dating back to 1769 and dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. Among the artistic treasures of Pisogne there is also the church of S. Maria in Silvis dating back to the seventh-eighth century, proof of the town’s ancient origins. Built again in the 15th century with the characteristic style of a rustic parish church, its interior is decorated with beautiful late 15th century frescoes by Giovanni Pietro da Cemmo and a Danza Macabra painted on the counter-façade. One of Pisogne’s jewels is the church of Santa Maria della Neve or del Romanino, built in the 15th century, one of the most evocative examples of 16th century sacred painting. The series of frescoes dedicated to the Passion of Christ is the work of Girolamo Romani, known as Romanino, who worked on it between 1532 and 1534. Due to the beauty, brightness and intensity of the figures, it is often referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of the Poor”.
AN UNUSUAL VISIT
Mine Four Bones – Under the careful guidance of speleologists, even the less experienced can visit this natural spectacle. Inside you can see ancient galleries, dug with a pick-axe and a hammer, but also more recent surroundings, built with modern methods of extraction. Along the way there are stalactite and stalagmite chambers, copper oxides and manganese as well as hanging lakes making it look like a natural cave.
TOURS AND EXCURSIONS
By bike – For all two wheel lovers, a short distance from the historic centre, there are two bike paths that, although different, are both equally fascinating: the Oglio cycling path to the north, with destination il Tonale and the walking/cycling path Vello-Toline, southwards along the lake.
By foot – In Toline, you will find the path with the Via Ferrata “Toline-Trentapassi”, an entertaining training path with a sensational view (Walking time 3h – gradient 1000 m).
From the centre of Pisogne, among chestnut woods is the first stretch of the Ancient Valerian Road, a 25 km route, mostly panoramic along the eastern coast of the lake.
By car – 20 minutes away, the nearby Val Palot, with its beautiful forests, is the ideal place for an outdoor trip and the closest ski resort to the lake.
By train – Less than an hour’s journey, do not miss a visit to the Rock Engravings Park of Capo di Ponte, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
NOT TO BE MISSED
Pisogne by boat – Regular trips connect Pisogne to the beautiful town of Lovere all year round, while in summer the Alto Lago Cruise is very appealing. 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.
Navigazione Lago d’Iseo
HOW TO GET THERE
By train – Pisogne is served by the regional line Brescia-Iseo-Edolo that connects Brescia to the Valle Camonica . The train station is a 5-minute walk from the centre and 3 minutes away from the pier. Info and timetable: Trenord
By bus – The Brescia-Iseo-Edolo line is also serviced by buses, but the railway line remains the most practical and frequent. The main stop is in Corso Zanardelli. Info and timetables FNM Autoservizi