The main square 13 Martiri, ia a charming amphitheatre with beautiful buildings and various bars, restaurants and hotels. Going up the Cavallotti alleyway and turning into Via Gramsci, we enter the medieval village, made alive thanks to the presence of shops and where it is not rare to smell the smell of freshly baked bread. Thus we reach Piazza V. Emanuele II with the Civic Tower and its suggestive internal ascent.
Along the path that leads to the Tadini Academy, looking upwards, we see the imposing Torre Soca and the Torre degli Alghisi. The parish church of San Giorgio and the Sanctuary of the Lovere’s Saints Capitanio and Gerosa are worth a visit. If instead of Cavallotti, we turn into via Brighenti, we meet the characteristic Gradinata Ratto, then the Oratory of S. Martino, the ancient church and the Monastery of S. Chiara, and finally the fifteenth-century Basilica of S. Maria in Valvendra.
The interior, richly decorated, contains important frescoes and a large organ with precious painted doors. Then reaching the nearby Lady Montagu promenade (in via Gregorini), we can experience the waterfront while admiring the enchanting surrounding landscape. From the harbour, turning left and following the lakeside, we encounter the prestigious Tadini Academy; inside, the important Antonio Canova’s works are preserved, as well as paintings from the Venetian and Lombardian schools of arts from the 14th to the 18th century as well as the rich collection of Italian and European porcelains.
Continuing our walk along the lake we arrive at the marina, where a pleasant stop at the tables of the outdoor bars allows you to enjoy enchanting views of the lake and Valle Camonica valley.
In strategic geographical position, Lovere was inhabited already in prehistoric and Roman times. In the Middle Ages, at the center of disputes between the Guelphs and Ghibellines, it was fortified with walls and towers. In the fifteenth century, during the Renaissance period, the wealth accumulated with the production and trade of woolen cloth allowed Lovere to embellish with precious buildings. Later iron processing became the main economic activity, which turned into a real industry in the 19th century. In the workshops of Lovere the cannons for the Republic of Venice were fused and then there was the Napoleon period.
Excursions and leisure
- A short walk leads to the so-called Castelletto di Lovere and the S. Maurizio hill in a beautiful panoramic position, where there is the church and the convent of the Capuchin Friars and the chapel of St. Peter, which contains a valuable fresco of the '400.
- A pleasant excursion of about an hour leads to the Sanctuary of S. Giovani in Monte Cala, from where we can admire breathtaking views of the Sebino lake and Val Camonica valley.
IAT Alto Sebino – Piazza 13 Martiri, 37 – 24065 Lovere (BG)
Tel +39 035 962178 – Fax +39 035 962178
Via G. Marconi, 19 – 24065 Lovere (BG)
Tel +39 035 983623 – Fax +39 035 983008