Pisogne is situated at the north-eastern tip of Lake Iseo. Once a prehistoric settlement, it became an important commercial center in the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance. Today it attracts tourist especially for its art, including the works of the internationally renowned painter Girolamo Romanino (dated around 1550). Pisogne is a lively town, especially in summer, when the main square gets busy with people attracted by the numerous bars, restaurants and entertainment initiatives.
What to see in Pisogne
Church of Santa Maria della Neve
A must see is the church of Santa Maria della Neve (XIV century) that contains the frescoes by Romanino focused on the Passion of Christ, considered one of the highest points of the whole work of the great painter. The art critic Giovanni Testori suggestively renamed the church of Pisogne as the ” Sistine Chapel for the poor ” due to the magnificence of its frescos.
Address: via Antica Valeriana
Opening times: Open all year. Tuesday to Friday from 14.00 to 18.00. Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00
Information: you can ask for information at the Biblioteca Comunale (Public Library) Via della Pace – tel. 0364/880856 or to the manager of Bar Romanino tel 338/4867720.
Church of Santa Maria Assunta
Overlooking the main square of Pisogne, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta was built between 1768 and 1798. Inside you can see an organ of 1857 ad the relics of San Costanzo.
Address: Main Square
Opening times: everyday 09-12.00/15.00-18.00
Pieve of Santa Maria in Silvis
The ancient church of Santa Maria in Silvis (IX cent.) was built on a previous Roman remains, still partly visible, and contains frescoes attributed to the painter Giovanni Pietro da Cemmo.
Address: via Pieve 2
Opening times: Sunday only 14.45-18.00
In the main square of Pisogne, you can admire the Bishop’s Tower, built in 1250, a wonderful example of a fortified mansion, typical of the Medieval period. In 1518 eight women accused of witchcraft were imprisoned and burnt in the tower.
You can visit the tower and climb the 92 steps that brings you to the top, where you can admire a 360 degrees panorama of the town.
Address: Main Square
Summer (May to September): Monday to Sunday 9.30 – 19.00
Winter (October-April): Saturday and Sunday only 9.30-19.00
Any other day, you can visit the Tower by appointment. Tel 0039 0364/880856 Email: email@example.com