What to see in Pisogne, Lake Iseo

Pisogne is a medieval town situated at the northeastern tip of Lake Iseo. It is quite small, with less than 8,000 inhabitants, but it offers a good amount of bars and restaurants, a lovely lakefront, a lido, and a camping site.

Once a prehistoric settlement, it became an important commercial center in the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance.

Today it attracts tourists especially in summer, when the main square becomes lively, people enjoy the open-air bars and restaurants and take a stroll along the lakefront.

Main Square Pisogne

What to see in Pisogne

Pisogne is quite famous also for its art since it hosts the works of the internationally renowned painter Girolamo Romanino (dated around 1550).

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.

The Bishop’s Tower

In the main square, Piazza Corna Pellegrini, you can admire the Bishop’s Tower, built on 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 bring you to the top, where you can admire a 360 degrees panorama of the town.

Address: Main Square
Opening times:
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: info@prolocopisogne.it

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: every day 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 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


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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