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Sarnico is an important commercial and touristy centre on the right side of Lake Iseo, where it begins to get narrower to become Fiume Oglio. The village, which is protected at the beginning by hills, leans softly forwards to the lake and it’s exposed. The hilly elevation and the lake breeze mitigate the climate. Large and airy squares, the lakeside and shops, on the lakeshore, give touristy vivacity to this centre, so it becomes a pleasant place where you can stay. Its geographic position and its outskirts (where there are many villas, green spaces, amusement and spectacular foreshortenings on the lake) offer tourists an ideal benchmark for holidays. The territory was already inhabited in prehistoric times in fact remains of a fortified village was discovered after an operation of drainage of the lake bottom. Remains of Roman age came to light in 1907 during the construction of Villa Faccanoni and along all the coast near Predore. But first documents go back at 862 a. C.
The walk, for who loves to do some shopping, has a medieval semicircular structure with the back turned towards the mountain. Some remains of castles of Counts Martinengo are still visible.
The historic centre is well-known with the name of “Contrada“. Going along “via Lantieri” (in a multicoloured setting of shops) you can still note some architectonic proofs of the old village: portals, narrow streets, passages under arcades, old houses with solid walls.
In a narrow street you can see the Municipal Museom “G. Bellini”. The picture-gallery is housed in the oldest part of “Palazzo Gervasoni”, a XV century building standing on the highest point of the old town center of Sarnico.
The municipal Museum of Art and Territory “Gianni Bellini” originates from the donation of approximately 150 works, most of them paintings ranging from the 16th to the 18th century; collected during his lifetime and then donated to the Community of Sarnico by the great connoisseur and art lover, don Giovanni Bellini. It’s advisable to follow the running of the Contrada to arrive at the top of historic centre: the SS. Redentore square, where there is the parish church of the eighteenth century.
The parish church is in baroque style and it’s dedicated to Saint Martin of tours. The stately front, executed in 1777, is planned on two floors and it’s made rich by series of statues and by the recently bronze portal (work of Meli).
Inside it’s possible to admire works of particular artistic interest. They are:
- the picture that represents “Saint Martin Bishop with the emperor Valentiniano”. It’s set in the apse behind the altar (work of Cappella);
- the “paliotto” in white marble of the high altar (work of Andrea Fantoni);
- the picture “The Virgin Mary and Saints” of Cavagna (put in the third chapel from left);
- the statue in golden wood of “The Virgin Mary with child” (work of Andrea Fantoni).
The church of Saint Rocco rises next to the parish church. It was built in 1705 to enlarge a votive chapel in 1630. Going on you can enter again in the lanes of the historic centre, that keep characteristic places.
Sarnico is also the centre of architectonic models, which are considered important examples of modern style in Lombardy (all works of Giuseppe Sommaruga). Starting from the nursery school in S. S. Redentore square, you can go up towards the main road and see where the cemetery front rises (inside it’s possible to admire the Mausoleum of Faccanoni’s family). Going on towards Predore (3 Km.), next to shipyards Riva, you can see Villa Surre. Going back towards the centre of Sarnico in “via Veneto”, on the coast, there is Villa Faccanoni. The route concludes in XX Settembre square with Villa Passeri.
In proximity to Villa Faccanoni, on the lake it’s possible to visit the characteristic church “Stella Maris” (1935) that is for years the starting point of the traditional summer procession of enlightened boats.
Sarnico is located in a strategic position near 25 km Bergamo and Brescia and 70 km from Milan. The airport of Orio al Serio- Bergamo
is distant 20 km From Sarnico.
Into b&b is possible to book a short or long holiday in a beautiful apartment of 70 mq with living room, kitchen, big double bedroom and added beds, 2 bathrooms, free internet line, tv, air conditioned.