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Sarnico

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Tick-tock: the clock of the medieval belfry of San Paolo Church, built in 1428 over the remains of the Sarnico castle tower, is going to welcome you as approaching the lake. Sarnico is famous for its wonderful art nouveau villas, commissioned by the Faccanoni family. Besides, in the old part of the Gervasoni Palace, a XV Century building located in the highest point of the old centre, you can find the prestigious artworks of the Bellini Picture Gallery. Walking across this lovely village overlooking the Lake Iseo, you can also visit the parish church dedicated to San Martino, raised in the XV Century and rebuilt in 1700: admire the fantastic wooden altar made by the master Andrea Fantoni! Moreover, if you visit Sarnico in spring and summer, don’t forget to make a boat trip to explore the Lake Iseo!


The first evidences about Sarnico date back to the year 862. During the Middle Age the hamlet was embellished with numerous peculiar buildings such as castles and towers, even though it wasn’t considered as a place of conquests nor battles.

Instead, Sarnico became the administrative centre of the Valcalepio County under the authority of the Republic of Venice.

Today, this territory represents a sort of wine “stronghold”, featuring DOC (Protected Designation of Origin) and IGP (Typical Geographic Indication) wines.  Don’t miss the opportunity to taste a bottle of excellent wine right where it’s produced!

Villa Giuseppe Faccanoni is surely the best of the several art nouveau buildings in Sarnico. Go and admire the two rows of concrete bas-relieves created by Ernesto Bazzaro, along with the light coloured ceramics, the banisters and the main entrance wrought iron-gate of via Veneto, realized by Alessandro Mazzucotelli. The big garden is marked out by many terracings, making the villa look like a ship entering the lake.

Sarnico is also the perfect place to have beautiful walks: behind the village, at about 400 meters above the lake level, you can take the Forcella-Molere trail. Starting from the so-called “della Madonna” track, reach the Forcella fork (“Bivio della Forcella”), then turn left. The surrounding landscape is truly amazing and the vegetation gives it the typical Mediterranean atmosphere.

During the walk you will find the Little Chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, along with the Alpini Church, the “Rocca de’ Zuchellis” and, at the end of the path, the Church of San Nazario and San Rocco. 

Out of curiosity

The inhabitants of Lake Iseo call “Sarneghéra” the storm hitting the Sebino up to the Camonica valley and the Franciacorta territory, originating right from Sarnico. This weather phenomenon usually occur between April and July and, most of all, in September. 

The Sarnico Busker Festival is an event dedicated to street artists, taking place every year during the last weekend of July.

 

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Tick-tock: the clock of the medieval belfry of San Paolo Church, built in 1428 over the remains of the Sarnico castle tower, is going to welcome you as approaching the lake. Sarnico is famous for its wonderful art nouveau villas, commissioned by the Faccanoni family. Besides, in the old part of the Gervasoni Palace, a XV Century building located in the highest point of the old centre, you can find the prestigious artworks of the Bellini Picture Gallery. Walking across this lovely village overlooking the Lake Iseo, you can also visit the parish church dedicated to San Martino, raised in the XV Century and rebuilt in 1700: admire the fantastic wooden altar made by the master Andrea Fantoni! Moreover, if you visit Sarnico in spring and summer, don’t forget to make a boat trip to explore the Lake Iseo!


The first evidences about Sarnico date back to the year 862. During the Middle Age the hamlet was embellished with numerous peculiar buildings such as castles and towers, even though it wasn’t considered as a place of conquests nor battles.

Instead, Sarnico became the administrative centre of the Valcalepio County under the authority of the Republic of Venice.

Today, this territory represents a sort of wine “stronghold”, featuring DOC (Protected Designation of Origin) and IGP (Typical Geographic Indication) wines.  Don’t miss the opportunity to taste a bottle of excellent wine right where it’s produced!

Villa Giuseppe Faccanoni is surely the best of the several art nouveau buildings in Sarnico. Go and admire the two rows of concrete bas-relieves created by Ernesto Bazzaro, along with the light coloured ceramics, the banisters and the main entrance wrought iron-gate of via Veneto, realized by Alessandro Mazzucotelli. The big garden is marked out by many terracings, making the villa look like a ship entering the lake.

Sarnico is also the perfect place to have beautiful walks: behind the village, at about 400 meters above the lake level, you can take the Forcella-Molere trail. Starting from the so-called “della Madonna” track, reach the Forcella fork (“Bivio della Forcella”), then turn left. The surrounding landscape is truly amazing and the vegetation gives it the typical Mediterranean atmosphere.

During the walk you will find the Little Chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, along with the Alpini Church, the “Rocca de’ Zuchellis” and, at the end of the path, the Church of San Nazario and San Rocco. 

Out of curiosity

The inhabitants of Lake Iseo call “Sarneghéra” the storm hitting the Sebino up to the Camonica valley and the Franciacorta territory, originating right from Sarnico. This weather phenomenon usually occur between April and July and, most of all, in September. 

The Sarnico Busker Festival is an event dedicated to street artists, taking place every year during the last weekend of July.