The Antica Strada Valeriana (Ancient Valeriana Way) is a hiking route that connects the mountains of Valle Camonica with Lake Iseo. The road, believed to be built during the Roman times, was used until the mid-1800s, when the coastal road between Marone and Pisogne was built (this is now known as ciclopedonale Vello-Toline).
Today, it is possible to walk part of the Ancient Valeriana way and enjoy a historical and naturalistic context of great value. Walking along the old mule tracks and following trails in the woods, you can admire fantastic panoramic views of Montisola and Lake Iseo and cross ancient rural villages, where the time seems to have stopped.
The entire walk goes from Pilzone to Pisogne and it’s divided in 6 parts. Each part can take from 1 hour to 2 hours walk to be completed. Four of them are easy and family-friendly, whilst two others require a little more training. You can find a description of all the parts on Lake Iseo official website.
We have walked the stretch from Tassano to Dosso.
- Starting Point: Tassano – Sulzano (BS)
- Time: 1.5 hours one way
- Difficulty: Easy with some up and down, but very pleasant and adapt for everyone
- Gears: hiking boots o trainers
- Water on the way: yes
- Best time: all year around
Drive to the hamlet of Tassano (on the hills of Sulzano) and park your car at the car park passed the church of San Faustino e Giovita (45.689105, 10.108907).
Parking is free for up to 4 hours, but you will need to show a Disco Orario. A Disco Orario is very common in Italy and it is a small cardboard clock that is exposed on the dashboard of the car, which indicates the time in which you parked. You normally find one in rental cars or you can buy one here
On your left, you will find a sign for “Antica Strada Valeriana”. The way is very well indicated with brown and yellow signs. The road starts pretty flat, between vineyards and olive trees, and to the left offers views of Montisola and the Village of Peschiera Maraglio. Continue downhill and enter a wood that will lead you to the little hamlet of Maspiano, an ancient rural village, where you will find a fountain and the lovely church of San Giacomo, which is worth a visit.
Keep following the signs and walk slightly uphill. At some point, on your left you will find the church of Santa Maria (dated around 1400). Continue downhill, you will reach the village of Sale Marasino. You will pass by the church of Sant’Antonio, which is good for a visit. Keep going following the signs. You will cross a stream (Torrente Tufo) where you will find a fountain with fresh drinkable water. Continue uphill, until you reach the hamlet of Dosso, where this stretch ends.