Walk to the Sanctuary of San Giovanni, Lovere

Enjoy a great view of Lake Iseo from the Northern Shore with this steep but easy walk.

View of Lovere and Valle Camonica from the Sanctuary San Giovanni

The trail follows an uphill walk, leading to the sanctuary of San Giovanni where you can admire a breathtaking view of Lake Iseo.

The Sanctuary of San Giovanni

The walk to the Sanctuary of San Giovanni is very popular among the people of Lovere.

It is a good way to escape everyday life and enjoy a walk in the wood after a day at work or during the weekend.

The Sanctuary of San Giovanni

The sanctuary is also a recreational place. Every September it is celebrated there is the traditional festival of Madonna Speranzina. There is also a “ristoro“, which is a place that serves local food and drinks. It is open every day during summer and on the weekend during the rest of the year.

The sanctuary was built in the fifteenth century on the ruins of a medieval fortress, originally dedicated to San Zeno.

It was restructured in the 60s by a group of ‘alpini’ and inhabitants of Lovere, who offered work force and mules to transport material.

How to get there

  • Starting Point: Lovere
  • Time: 2 hours (loop)
  • Difficulty: easy but steep
  • Water on the way: yes
  • Altitude difference: 320 m
  • Gears: hiking boots o trainers
  • Best time: All year round

From Lovere main square (Piazza XIII Martiri) you can reach the sanctuary in about 45/60 minutes.

The trail starts in via Decio Celeri (see the map at the bottom of the page).

You will see a brown sign to San Giovanni. Take the little steep road on your left (via San Giovanni). This will lead you to trail 552, which is only pedestrian.

Follow the road and you will soon find an old cobbled path. Keep walking on the steep path for about 15 minutes until you reach a junction.

Turn right, where you see a shrine, and you will reach the fountain of Carassone, where you can get some fresh water and rest.

Oscar on his way to San Giovanni

From the fountain, follow the path on your left and you will reach the sanctuary in about 20 minutes.

The walk continues uphill, but the panorama that is waiting at the end is definitely worth the effort.

Lovere from San Giovanni
Lake Iseo from San Giovanni

The way back

On your way back, once you have arrived at the fountain of Carassone, you can take the same trail in the wood, or the paved road.

If you go for the road, at the end you’ll meet a shrine, turn right and keep walking down via Davine that will bring you back to the historic center of Lovere.

For more details on this walk, please ask the Tourist Office in Lovere, Piazza XIII Martiri, next to the pier.


About the author

Daniela grew up in Lovere, Lake Iseo, but she has been calling London home since 2012. Oscar is her dog and best friend. They love hiking and wandering around the woods of Lake Iseo. Oscar also likes to feature in the photos that Daniela takes during their walks.

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