Towns around the lake

Sarnico

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Sarnico is a charming little town built where the waters of Lake Iseo flow out into the River Oglio towards the plain.
Piazza XX Settembre, the square next to the iron bridge which connects Sarnico and Paratico, is a good place to start your visit. It is here the River Oglio starts its journey towards the River Po. Walking along the lake front you can see the movable dam that was built in 1933 to regulate the lake waters, while in the opposite direction you can admire Villa Passeri (1907) in perfect art nouveau style.

Walk along Via Parigi up to the medieval tower (12th century), now known as the torretta civica (the civic turret), where art exhibitions are regularly held. If you go a little further along via Besenzoni as far as the Contrada della Chiesa on your right, the parish church of S. Martino di Tours (18th century) comes into view. To the right of the church there is the S. Rocco recreation centre (18th century) and from the parvis of the church you can see the façade of the nursery school beyond the tree-lined avenue.

The 15th-century torre dell’orologio (clock-tower) in piazzetta Freti has a base made of stones taken from the ruins of the 12th-century castle built to defend the bridge connecting Sarnico to the Brescian side of the lake. The nearby chiesa di S.Paolo (St. Paul’s church), which was formerly the parish church, has some 15th and 16th- century frescoes and a stone tablet to commemorate its foundation in 1423. It’s a popular choice for weddings.

As you walk along via S. Paolo, you come across the fine doorway of the Museo Civico “Gianni Bellini” (the Civic Museum) in Palazzo Gervasoni (15th century) which was once a convent.

In the art gallery you can see devotional and primitive paintings, works of art from the Lombard, Venetian and Bergamo schools of painting and from central Italy.

Going back down via S. Paolo, you come across the antica via Lantieri with its characteristic shops. From here you can walk down to the lake, where you turn right to return to piazza XX Settembre, or left for a walk along the lake front.