Towns around the lake

Pisogne

A fascinating and discreet thousand-year old history


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Various findings and traces testify to the presence of ancient prehistoric settlements and to the central role, on an industrial and commercial level, that the town of Pisogne played during the Roman era, thanks to its privileged position and its shape.

As you come into Pisogne there is a statue of a big white horse. The centre curls round the big Market Square which opens onto the lake. Overlooking the square is the Bishop’s Tower, about 30 metres high, which was built together with other fortifications during one of the battles between Bergamo and Brescia in the 12th century.

During the late Middle Ages witch trials caused quite a stir and it is said that they were kept prisoner in the tower and burned alive in the square.

Corna Pellegrini Square starts from the Market Square which goes up to the parish church of S. Maria Assunta, with its 19th-century paintings and the big Serassi organ, dating from the mid-19th century, which has more than 2000 pipes.

As you enter Corna Pellegrini Square, Via Torrazzo, a long and winding road that passes through the centre of the medieval town, goes off to the right. If you go up Via dei Monti on the left, you come to a medieval gate. Carrying on along Via Torrazzo and then Via Mercanti as far as Via Mandolossa, you find Capovilla gate, which closed off the residential area to the south. From Via Torrazzo, going down towards the lake along Via Speranza, you come across a picturesque 17th-century house on the corner of Via Nave Corriera.

Above the medieval town, along the road towards Val Palot (Palot Valley), you encounter the 15th- century church of S. Maria della Neve. Under the left-hand porch you can see some frescoes illustrating the story of Adam and Eve. The right-hand porch has become the chapel of the former hospital and in the lower part of the façade on the right, there are still traces of iconographic motifs which were commonplace in the 15th century.

Inside the church there is a wonderful series of frescoes by Girolamo Romanino depicting scenes from the life of Christ, carried out during the years 1532-1534.

Following the road to Val Palot, you come across the 8th-century parish church of S. Maria in Silvis, the façade of which is decorated with red stone and which was rebuilt in the 15th century.

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