Walk to the Big Bench of Pilzone

This walk starts from the village of Pilzone and will allow you to reach one of the most panoramic points of Lake Iseo.

  • Starting Point: Pilzone
  • Time: 40 minutes (the way up)
  • Difficulty: Easy but steep. Better to be a bit trained, as it’s all uphill
  • Gears: hiking boots o trainers; trekking poles can be very useful for the way down, as the ground can be quite slippery
  • Water on the way: no, only at the starting point
  • Best time: all year round

Starting Point

The trail starts at Piazza Basilio Cittadini, in Pilzone. If you have a car, you can park it at “Parking Valeriana”, just a 2 minute walk from there.

The trail

Follow the signs to “Antica Via Valeriana” and “San Fermo” which will bring you first left (via Volontari del Sangue), and then, right (via San Tommaso).

The road, at first paved, begins to climb a little. It will soon become a steep mule track, which climbs in the woods for about 35 minutes.

The church of San Fermo

Finally, you’ll reach the little church of San Fermo, dating back to 1600, with its detached bell tower. If the vegetation allows it, you can enjoy a beautiful panorama.

The Big Bench

From there, continue on the path, which is now flat, for about 2 minutes, following the sign to “Panchina Gigante”. You’ll reach the giant bench of Pilzone, part of the Big Bench Community Project, from where you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible panorama.

The area is equipped with tables for picnics. When we arrived, we also found a bowl with water for dogs, some bottles of water with a piggy bank for offerings, and wooden sticks for the way back that, as mentioned, can be quite slippery.


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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