• explore an ancient medieval centre and its historic dwellings
• visit the Church of San Giorgio and admire its important works of art
• taste delicious dishes made from the typical cheese ‘Bagòss’ in the local restaurants
• learn about past traditions in the ‘Habitar in sta terra’ museum
Mode of Travel:on foot
Time walking: 1h 30′
Difference in elevation: lowly
Recommended period: all year
How to get there
From the A4 motorway (Milan-Venice) take the ‘Brescia est’ exit. Continue along the SS45bis towards Madonna di Campiglio. Once you reach Lake Idro, follow the road that runs along the western shore of the basin. At the roundabout, follow the directions to Bagolino. After a few kilometres you reach the town and the car park just at its entrance. Following Via San Giorgio, a ten-minute walk takes you to the town centre.
The itinerary for the artistic and cultural heritage of Bagolino winds among the narrow streets and alleyways of the historical centre.
The departure point is from the ‘Pro Loco’ at no. 7 Via San Giorgio, where you can find illustrated maps and more information. Facing the building we will head right and after a few steps take a right down the cobbled road of Via Portici, a former major road where the medieval shops displayed their wares on large stones that served as a counter. Leading on from here, we will pass under a series of arches until, having reached the old bank at number 9 almost at the end of the residential area, we take the small street climbing up to the left, taking us back onto via San Giorgio. We will head towards the Pro Loco on the left and arrive in Piazza Consiglio, with its characteristic octagonal fountain. We will continue along Via San Giorgio, passing the Pro Loco and up the steps on Via IV Novembre to the right. After a short while, we will pass the library and take the steps up to the Church of San Giorgio. Just before reaching it, the steps offer a view of the old military garrison, the ancient premises of the Bagolino military leaders, as well as a beautiful fresco depicting the lion of St. Mark. The outside of the parish church of San Giorgio is adorned with an imposing gable façade, softened by a triple lancet window and an elegant seven arch portico. The interior is decorated in the baroque style and houses valuable works by Tintoretto, Titian, Palma the younger and Andrea Celesti. In the same square stands the Church of San Lorenzo and opposite is the bulk of the original convent building, now a rest home, with its small church host to one of the first works of Tintoretto.
We go back down the steps, leaving the district of Osnà and entering the district of Cavril. At the bottom of the steps we will take the right along Via San Rocco. After a few hundred metres we arrive in Piazza Marconi, the central square in Bagolino. From here you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Osnà district and the parish church of San Giorgio. We then continue along Via San Rocco through to Piazzetta Marchiondi. On the right we go up Via Pietro da Cemmo until number 51, after which we turn right and continue until Via Chiusure. At this point we see an old cobbler and on the left the ‘Procuratìe’, the building that was once host to important figures who visited Bagolino. Still walking up-hill, after a while we find ‘Casa Torre’ on our left: a beautiful painted building, home to the town hall in the Middle Ages. Turning left we arrive in Piazza Mercato, where, on the corner of a house, we can see two stone faces which could be effigies to the Lodron Counts. We proceed along Via Divisione Tridentina, where in the lower left corner we can see a stone depicting the Goddess of Fertility, a legacy of the pagan culture.
From number 5 we walk through the alley and find the House Museum called ‘Habitar in sta terra’, an unmissable place to discover the most important traditions and local customs and learn more about the history and culture of the area. This interesting museum houses objects and documents belonging to the town of Bagolino mostly dating back to the nineteenth century. The museum also houses a loom that still works, as well as spinning and weaving utensils and tools for working on the farm or grazing land. Opposite the museum there is an alleyway that leads up to Via Madonna di San Luca from where we will take the left and continue for a few metres to the Church of San Rocco, which preserves one of the most important fresco of the 15th Century in Lombardy, painted by Pietro Da Cemmo. With the church behind us, we cross the road, the public gardens and a bridge which leads to the Church of Adamino. Along the way we will join the main road again and after a short walk we arrive at the cemetery of the Napoleonic era, famous for its gothic chapels and wrought iron crosses. We then return to the centre, walking down right of the Church of San Rocco and continuing along the main road to reach the Pro Loco, the itinerary departure point.
Associations and companies that promote the community and the territory
• ‘Habitar in sta terra’ Cultural Association
Association aimed at the safeguarding, protection and dissemination of the cultural heritage of Bagolino. Their works include the ethnographic museum, the restoration of frescoes and chapels as well as the organization of events and realization of cultural publications.
• ‘Legno e Identità’ Cultural Association
This association, which operates in the lakeside hamlet of Ponte Caffaro, is engaged in the recovery and dissemination of local music. A large part of their efforts is dedicated to violin making: in fact, string instruments have been made in the territory of Bagolino since 1700, including violins, violas and cellos. During the year, the association also organises workshops on felting, mask making, looming and courses on the ‘bagosso’ dialect. The association is happy to present its workshops to the public (on reservation).
Opening times and Contact details
• Pro Loco Bagolino: via S. Giorgio, 5 – Bagolino
tel. (+39) 036599904 – (+39) 33413224766
www.bagolinoinfo.it – email@example.com
Open all year round: Wednesday 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m., Saturday 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. and Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Opening times and days are extended in the summer (July and August), the winter season (Christmas) and during the ‘Carnevale’ period (February). An audio guide can be rented from the Pro Loco.
• Ethnographic collection of the ‘Habitar in sta terra’ Cultural Association: via Madonna San Luca, 37 – tel. (+39) 03659958 – – Entry is free. Booking required.
• ‘Habitar in sta terra’ Cultural Association:
• Opening hours of the Church of San Rocco: close for restoration. Opening summer 2015. Info Pro Loco.
• Opening hours of the Church of San Giorgio: open every day from 8.00 a.m. until 7.00 p.m.
Find out more
The following publications (all in italian) are on sale at the ‘Habitar in sta terra’ Museum:
• Bortolo Scalvini, Storia della valorosa e spaziosa terra di Bagolino (History of the gallant and spacious land of Bagolino) edited by Luca Ferremi € 10
• Fiorino Bazzani, Ci davamo del Vö (See you at your place) € 10
• Alberto Vaglia, L’epidemia di colera del 1836 a Bagolino e Ponte Caffaro. (The cholera epidemic of 1836 in Bagolino and Ponte Caffaro).€ 10
• Carlo Buccio, Storia di Bagolino (The History of Bagolino) edited by Luca Ferremi € 10
• Alberto Panelli, Istoria della nostra Terra di Bagolino, (The history of our Land of Bagolino) € 10
On sale at the Pro Loco
• New Habitar guide supported by signs along the path and an audio guide (recommended for the town tour)
• Various other publications that expand on the themes that include history, tradition, sport and food.
The Bagolino Carnival has ancient origins and is a must for visitors at least once in their lifetime. For the two days of the Carnival, Monday and Tuesday, town life comes to a halt and the streets are enlivened by groups of ‘màscher’ and ‘balarì’, accompanied by the melodies of the musicians. The Màscher, wearing masks of old people, noisily wander the streets playing tricks on anyone they meet. The Balarì wear a rich, colourful headdress and dance elegantly. In 1970, the ethnologist Italo Sordi wrote: ‘there is no other choral and ritual music phenomenon so unique and complete in Europe’. Still today, this is still an event lived and shared by the entire population, one of the few representations of local culture linking the past to the present. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ‘Golden Spike’
Not far from the centre is possible to can discover a geological site of world interest. The ‘Golden Spike’ has been recognised as a reference point for the border between the Anisian plains (formed 242.5 million years ago) and the Ladinian plains (formed 240.5 million years ago); the site is very visitor-friendly thanks to the aid of illustrative panels.