Bossico, a mountain village overlooking Lake Iseo

Bossico is a small mountain village located on a scenic plateau dominating the north branch of Lake Iseo and the surrounding valleys. 

It is not a lakeside village and it is located outside the traditional tourist circuits, but it is a place that we like very much and we recommend it to those who love nature and are looking for a peaceful place.

In Bossico the time seems to have stopped. It is the ideal location if you want to spend some time away from the noise of the modern world.

Bossico can be chosen as a base to discover the Lake Iseo area – as it offers accommodations such as hotels and bed&breakfasts -, but can also be a day trip to enjoy some time in nature.

It takes around a 20-minutes drive on a winding road to reach Lake Iseo (Lovere) from Bossico. Keep this in mind if you decide to look for accommodation here.

Its panoramic location, in addition to the mild climate, has definitely contributed to its recent tourist development.

History of Bossico

Before its touristic development, Bossico was mainly an agricultural and pastoral community.

In the nineteenth century, it became a very important tourist resort for affluent people from all over Italy.

Evidence of that period is the beautiful villas that can be admired walking around. Many of them are located on the plateau of Lovere, in lovely meadows and pine forests.

In testament to the Risorgimento era in which they were built, seven of the villas are named after the ‘seven hills’ of Rome (Aventino, Campidoglio, Celio, Viminale, Esquilino, Palatino, and Quirinale), or other famous landmarks such as Vaticano, Caprera, Gianicolo, and Pincio.

Nowadays, Bossico maintains its traditions of a small mountain town but, at the same time, it is open to a new kind of tourism and welcomes those who are looking for an authentic and intact place.

What to see in Bossico

Church of Saints Peter and Paul

Pay a visit to the seventeenth-century parish Church of Saints Peter and Paul. This is one of the most notable of the sites in Bossico and it was rebuilt on a previous church dating back to the XIV century.

Inside you can admire some precious frescoes (such as “Our Lady of the Swallow”) and the beautiful statue of “Our Lady of the Rosary” (1705) by Andrea Fantoni.

Church of San Rocco

Also worth seeing is the Church of San Rocco (XVI century) which was made as a request to the saint to protect the town against the plague.

What to do in Bossico

In Bossico you can enjoy open-air activities like walking and mountain bike. You can find relaxing trails in the pine forest or more challenging trails.

Among our favorite walks:

  • Walk to the Chiesetta dei Caduti: an easy but very nice walk in the pinewood that will lead to a beautiful place with a little church, a pond, and a picnic area. Find out more in this post.
  • Hike to Mount Colombina: an easy, but a bit more challenging hike, that will allow you to reach the top of the mount and enjoy an incredible panorama of Lake Iseo. Find out more in this post.
  • Walk to Ceratello: this is an easy walk that brings you to the small village of Ceratello and can be done in a loop. Find out more in this post.

Sagre and Fairs

During the summer, Bossico hosts various events to celebrate local food or a saint:

  • La festa del pane di patate (the fair of potato bread) –  the first Sunday in August
  • La festa dei formaggi (the fair of cheese) – the fourth Sunday in September
  • La festa al Colle di San Fermo (a typical sagra held at San Fermo Hill) – 9th of August


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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