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Lovere the village on Lake Iseo rich in history and charm, but also the most romantic place in Italy
Among the most beautiful and fascinating villages in Italy, Lovere, in the province of Bergamo, overlooks Lake Iseo, its amphitheater conformation, its splendid buildings overlooking the long square of the lakefront, make it one of the places with more charm than all of Lombardy, but not only.
"This is the most romantic place I've ever seen in my entire life"
the English writer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu said one day, after visiting Lovere. And indeed how not to blame him. A simple walk in Piazza XIII Martiri would be enough to share the thought .
Lovere, Lake Iseo
A Sunday trip, or a specific destination on Lake Iseo, Lovere can simply be all this. It is walking along the lakefront and entering the narrow alleys of the historic core that this village is best appreciated. The atmosphere is still that of the past: here you can breathe the medieval and Renaissance air of its buildings. From the top of the Civic Tower you can admire a panorama that has no equal, while the buildings overlooking the lake are the emblem of Lovere's wealth. A very long lakefront, which never seems to end, where those who love photography can indulge themselves in capturing significant views and unique colors. Finally, a visit to the Pinacoteca di Palazzo Tadini to complete a journey also made up of culture
The history of Lovere
Lovere is not just the beauty of the lakefront, its history begins in the Middle Ages, when the Celeri feudal family dominates. Subsequently dominated by the Visconti of Milan, it passes to the Serenissima Republic of Venice, where it experiences a flourishing period linked to the wool trade. Ancient iron working area, its skilled craftsmen produce agricultural tools and in the seventeenth century even cannons.
Around the village of Lovere
Lovere, the lakefront
Squeezed between the lake and the mountains, Lovere has developed an urban fabric in a small space, but inside it contains architectural masterpieces that blend with the lake landscape. Its harmonious palaces dominate Piazza del Porto and Piazza XIII Martiri, the latter compared in beauty to that of Portofino.
Church of San Giorgio
Documented in 1263, the church of San Giorgio is among the oldest religious buildings in the area , but little remains of the original construction. The various changes made over the centuries have changed its structure. In the second half of the 15th century the church was raised and enlarged, also incorporating the tower-house called Torre Soca (or Socha). The interior with three naves is later and the bell tower was demolished for its construction.
Lovere, church of San Giorgio, interior
The church of San Giorgio preserves interesting works such as the grandiose canvas placed on the counter-façade depicting"Moses making water flow from the cliff" by the Flemish painter Jean de Herdt, the left altarpiece painted by G. Paolo Cavagna with the Last supper, and the main altarpiece attributed to Jacopo Palma the Younger.
The Civic Tower is located in Piazza V. Emanuele II and in the Middle Ages it was the central point of the town of Lovere , where the streets of the village converge. 28 meters high, on the tower there are some frescoes, including the one with the lion symbol of Venetian domination and the clock .
Lovere, Civic Tower
Attached to the tower is the Palazzo del Podestà. In the square in front there is the pillory. Here the sentences were carried out, even capital ones. It was also the center where flourishing trade took place , in particular of substances connected with the production of woolen cloths, an activity in which Lovere excelled in the Renaissance. The most important city tower during opening hours allows you to admire a wonderful view from above.
Torre degli Alghisi
The Torre degli Alghisi dates back to the XII-XIII century and belonged to the homonymous family . It is a quadrangular construction. The original entrance was located on the east front, while an archivolted access opens on the west front. The tower, originally ended with a gable roof hidden from view by a crenellated masonry, was later raised with a third level.
Sanctuary of the two Loverese Saints Capitanio and Gerosa
Lovere, apse of the Sanctuary
Destination of numerous pilgrimages, the Sanctuary of the two Loverese Saints was built in the 1930s and is dedicated to the nuns Bartolomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa . They are the foundresses, in 1832, of the congregation of the Sisters of Mary Child. The church building has Gothic shapes and inside you can admire frescoes and mosaics by Pasquale Arzuffi depicting the two saints, whose remains are preserved in the church. Interesting is the small museum that collects testimonies of the life of the two nuns.
Basilica of Santa Maria in Valvendra
Along the path leading to the basilica you can admire the Torricella of the ancient walls that defended the town in the 14th and 15th centuries.
The Basilica of Santa Maria in Valvendra , on the other hand, was built in the second half of the 1400s in the bed of a stream, the Val Vendra, from which it took its name . We are inside the Renaissance village of Lovere and it is flanked by houses built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Lovere, Basilica of Santa Maria Valvendra
The basilica is in the Renaissance style of Lombard taste, with Venetian influences. The interior has three naves. The organ of the church is the most valuable work kept. The apse and the presbytery were frescoed by Ottaviano Viviani. The altarpiece of the Assumption is attributed to the Venetian Pietro Marone.
A few minutes walk from the Basilica of Santa Maria in Valvendra is the castelliere , it is a Gallic settlement where you can admire the remains of bastions and dry stone walls built in different eras.
Oratory of San Martino
The church or oratory of San Martino is the oldest building of worship in the city . It would date back to the 9th century. Progressively abandoned, it has recently been restored. Diversi the artistic treasures kept inside, including numerous frescoes in the apse
The lakeside of Lovere is dominated by palaces, above all Palazzo Tadini, the sixteenth-century Palazzo Marinoni and Villa Milesi as well as the imposing basilica of Santa Maria in Valvendra.
Lovere, panorama from the civic tower
Palazzo Tadini, current seat of the Academy of Fine Arts . Of neoclassical construction, designed by the architect Salimbeni, it was built between 1821 and 1926, in the place where Count Luigi Tadini had wanted a noble chapel to house the thresholds of his son who died during the renovation of Palazzo Barboglio. It was Antonio Canova who sculpted the cenotaph at the back of the chapel, who was a friend of Faustino Tadini .
The count moved his entire art collection here and gave life to the foundation which includes the museum, the schools of "instrumental and vocal" music and drawing. Today the Tadini gallery is a rich art gallery to visit.
Curiosities about Lovere
Lovere was the place where Mario Stoppani , ace of the Great War aviation and pioneer of the Italian Air Force, often flew with his seaplane and here, the fifteen-time world champion in motorcycling, Giacomo Agostini , traveled the first kilometers in the saddle to his motorcycle.
How do I get to Lovere
Lovere can be reached from the A4 Turin-Trieste motorway, Seriate exit, then continue on the SS42 del Tonale and Mendola to the northern end of Lake Iseo. By lake with the Navigazione Lago d'Iseo with departures from Sarnico or Iseo. By bus with connections from Milan and Bergamo with the Autostradale service, then from the Bergamo capital SAB Autoservizi. The closest railway station is Pisogne which is 5.57 km from Lovere. The nearest airport is Bergamo Orio al Serio airport.
Where to stay in Lovere?
We reached Lovere by car for a trip of a few hours, along the Strada del Tonale and della Mendola which offers panoramic views of the lake and the mountains.
Recommended tours in Lovere
I am a "do it yourself" tourist. I have not purchased any tourist packages
Where to photograph?
Every corner of Lovere can be the right place for a fairytale shot: from the narrow streets to the romantic lakefront.
Is any special equipment needed?
Which sights to visit?
The places I visited in Lovere are those described in the article
Is there a fee to pay to visit some sights?
I didn't pay any tickets to visit the city churches. Even to go up to the Civic Tower I did not pay any entrance
When to visit?
I recommend visiting Lovere on weekdays when there are fewer tourists. In summer, being a seaside resort and with a beautiful marina, it can be more crowded
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