A visit to Pisogne

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                                    The Piazza Mercato and the Torre del Vescovo.

It was the last day of our holiday at Lake Iseo and we decided to visit Pisogne at the northeast tip of the lake. We caught the local train for the 30 minute journey alongside the lake.

The lively town centres round the market place and the 13th century Torre del Vescovo, the Bishops Tower.  The tower was the residence of the bishop’s “gastaldo” who collected taxes for the Bishop of Bressica who was lord of the town until 1465.

We headed out of town to the Santa Maria della Neve.

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The church was built in the second half of the 15th century and was later flanked by two arcades. There is now no trace of the one on the north side whilst the other became the chapel of the Augustinian monks’ monastery.

The interior of the chapel is known as “The Sistine Chap-el of the poor” In 1534 Girolamo Romani, known as Romanino, a painter from Brescia, was commissioned to paint the whole church with frescos. He created his own style which was anticlassical and realistic, depicting the faces and clothes of his contemporaries. Unfortunately, as we half expected, the church was closed during the main part of the day.

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Returning to the lakeside we walked along the promenade where there were a series of Sculptures and plaques depicting fishing scenes.

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It was very colourful and peaceful.

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Some other exhibits we of a different style.

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Back in the centre we headed up the main street to the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta ( also closed)

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Although we could not go inside there were some interesting exhibits outside.

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Back at the lake side we had time to relax and enjoy a coffee before catching the ferry back to Iseo.

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The two hour journey down the lake was very relaxing as we sat in the sunshine at the pointy end of the boat. We now recognised all the little villages that we stopped at and they were all full of memories.

Lake Iseo had been marvellous, so quiet and peaceful. So different to Lake Como and Garda.

Arrivaderci.

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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