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IDRO: LE ANTICHE CHIESEIDRO: THE ANCIENT CHURCHES - Vivi la Valle Sabbia

IDRO: THE ANCIENT CHURCHES

Interesting features

• discover artistic treasures such as the ancient frescoes of Santa Maria ad Undas and the engraving works of San Michele
• stroll through the lanes of Lemprato and Crone
• enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Idro

Mode of Travel: on foot
Difficulty: Easy
Journey time: 50 minutes
Difference in elevation: none
Recommended Period: all year round.

How to get there

From the A4 motorway (Milan- Venice) take the ‘Brescia Est’ exit. Continue along the SS45bis towards Madonna di Campiglio, follow directions for Lake Idro. Entering the town of Idro head towards the lakeside hamlet of Lemprato. Once in Lemprato we find a long car park close to a park and the beach. Leave the car here.

The route

3 - Passerella di legno a IdroThis itinerary leads you to the discovery of the main artistic treasures of Idro, along town roads and pedestrian and cycle paths. From the pedestrian-cycle path we head north along then lake side, over the large wooden bridge and along a long wooden gangway for approx. 300 m. Immediately after a small bridge, we take a road to the right, which is initially a dirt track to later become a larger surfaced road. At the stop sign we turn left and after a few hundred metres we find the Church of San Michele. The Parish church of San Michele is a ‘temple of wooden carvings’ dating back to the first half of the 1700s; a work by the brothers, Francesco and Giovan Battista Boscaì. The choir stall and the sixteenth century crucifix are particularly precious.

Idro San MicheleLeaving the church we will continue along the same road towards Crone where once in the village we see the Church of San Rocco. The Church of San Rocco has 18th century style and houses the precious ‘Deposizione con la Madonna’ (The Entombment with the Virgin Mary) holding the dead Jesus Christ in her arms. The heart of the church is the Chapel of the Crucifix dating back to the late 1500s. Having visited the Church of San Rocco, head towards the beach where the cycle path to the left leads back to the car-park in Lemprato. Walk along via Lungolago Italia which takes you onto via Bertini Roberto and continue along the street for a few hundred metres until it turns onto a bridge on your right going over the river Pass through the narrow alleyway among the houses and on reaching the crossing, turn right again. After a short walk, opposite Hotel Milano, you can see the Church of Santa Maria ad Undas. The building can only be visited during Mass or upon booking (for information contact the Territorial Agency of Tourism). The architectural styles of the building overlap, with elements that date back to between the 12th and 16th Century and a simple exterior, decorated with just a terracotta cornice that runs along the roof and a small rose window on the façade. It has a typically fifteenth century interior, with a single nave structure, a gabled roof and interior space marked by large transverse arches in five bays. The masonry shrine in the apse is also very interesting, dating back to the 12th century and entirely decorated by frescoes.

Opening times and contacts

• Santa Maria ad Undas is only open for religious services or upon booking contacting the Territorial Agency for Tourism in Valle Sabbia and Lake Idro.

• San Michele: every day from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

• San Rocca: every day from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Find out more

The following publication can be purchased at the Territorial Agency for Tourism in Valle Sabbia and Lake Idro, via Trento. 16 – Idro – tel- (+39) 036583224:

• AA.VV, Gli itinerari d’arte (The Art Itineraries), Vallesabbia,
edited by Skira, E 12.

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