Lovere is located at the northwest end of the lake. Together with Iseo, Sarnico, and Pisogne, it is one of the biggest towns in the area.
You can explore Lovere by walking the streets of its medieval center, which is almost completely pedestrian, and along the lakefront, where you will find shops, bars, and restaurants.
And when you have visited the town, if you feel like trying a little more challenging walk, you could hike to the Sanctuary of San Giovanni. This is an hour-long walk uphill that will lead you to a little church on the mountain above Lovere and will allow you to enjoy an amazing panorama of Lake Iseo.
History of Lovere
The first settlements, probably of Celtic origin, dates back to a period between the fifth and third centuries BC. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire Lovere was ruled by the Lombards and the Franks.
In the Medieval period, the town was ruled by the Celeri family. In the 15th century, the territory was conquered by the Republic of Venice, whose rule lasted until the French invasion in 1797.
In 1815 Lovere became part of the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia. In that period, at the beginning of the industrial revolution, numerous textile and steel activities were born, which brought prosperity and development to the entire area until the twentieth century, when Lovere began to focus on the tourist industry, in order to enhance the natural and cultural wealth that is so abundant.
What to see in Lovere
From the main square – Piazza XIII Martiri – walk up to the historic town center and arrive in the medieval square Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, in the past considered the heart of the village. In the square, there was the Celeri family’s castle – surrounded by walls and with an interior courtyard -, but unfortunately destroyed in the fifteenth century. You can still admire and visit the Civic Tower, built in 1444, and the fresco (a copy of the original) on its wall that represents the lion of St. Mark (the symbol of Venice).
Church of Santa Maria in Valvendra
The biggest church in Lovere, Santa Maria in Valvendra, certainly deserves a visit. Built between 1473 and 1483, it is in Renaissance style with Venetian influences.
Tadini Academy of Fine Arts
If you are interested in art, you cannot miss Palazzo Tadini – founded by Count Luigi Tadini in 1828. After the construction of the palace, the Tadini family had their art collections moved from Crema, and created a Foundation which is made up of the museum and a school of music.
In this way, the count intended to keep the memory of his family alive. The Tadini Academy of Art now includes a picture gallery rich in important works of the Lombard and Venetian schools of the 15th and 16th centuries. Classical music concerts and temporary exhibitions are also held at the Academy.
Address: via Tadini, 40
tel. (0039) 035.962780
opening times: from Tuesday to Sarturdays 15.00-19.00; on Sundays and public holidays 10.00-12.00 and 15.00-19.00.
Sanctuary of the Saints Bartolomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa
The saints Bartolomea and Vincenza, who in 1832 founded the congregation of the “Sisters of Maria Bambina”, were born in Lovere. To honor them, in 1920 was built the Sanctuary in neo-Gothic style.
Inside you can admire frescoes and mosaics depicting the two saints and their remains. Of great interest is the small museum, which tells the history of the Saints and of Lovere during the time of their activity.
Address: 14, Via Santa Gerosa
tel. (0039) 035.960147
opening times: every day 7.00-12.00, 14.30-18.00