Tour 6 - From S. Siro to Cremia

Arrival at Santa Maria - S. Siro. The tour will begin with a visit to the Santa Maria Church, built between 1464 and 1474 as a shelter for the Dominican monks. Inside the church, a noteworthy rich series of frescos are to be found, such as the ones by Sigismondo De Magistris (1541), as well as the Ascension by Giovanni Pietro Gnocchi (1578) and the one entitled “Le Storie della Vergine”, representing the Stories of the Virgin Mary, painted by Michelangelo Carminati in 1595. Not far from the church, you will have the chance to admire the imposing stone wall dating back to the late Roman age, an ancient fortress which served as a checkpoint for the sea and land transit. The tour will continue with a walk down the ancient street Via Regina to the ruins of the tower called “Castelasc”, which goes back to the late Roman age and overlooks the southern entrance of the gallery situated in the main road.
The following stop will be S. Siro, a fascinating village with its original fourteenth-century castle surrounded by battlemented walls, which once belonged to the Della Torre family. Walking along the streets to the village square overlooking the lake you will appreciate elegant portals with typical coats of arms.
The touristic route will lead you from S. Siro to Cremia, where you will have the chance to visit one of the most ancient churches in the area surrounding Lake Lario, S. Vito, with its two bell towers in Romanesque style. The smaller one dates back to the eleventh century and, in it, an altar piece representing the Crucifixion, which was commissioned by the Genoese confraternity founded by some emigrants, and a marble plaque showing the epigraph “Societas Florentie di 1568” are kept. You will then reach the town centre to visit the church named S. Michele – reconstructed in 1577 - which is part of the ancient monastry “delle Umiliate”. Inside the church, the remarkable canvas entitled “L’Arcangelo Michele e Lucifero” – experts believe Paolo Veronese to be its author – and the stunning polyptych that resembles to the ones in Burgundy, painted during the late fifteenth century representing the Virgin Mary with the Child, between S. Rocco and S. Sebastian and, in the upper side, the “Pietà” between S. Gerolamo and S. Tommaso.
The tour will end in Pianello del Lario, which has evolved from a centre based on textile and agricultural activities to a holiday resort. The church named “San Martino” was built in the early Middle Ages and restructured in 1534. While visiting the chapel you will notice a triptych carried out in the sixteenth century, a marble tabernacle which was carved in 1536 and, in the presbytery, the stuccoes carried out by Isidoro Bianchi da Campione (17th century), whose master was Morazzone. In Pianello del Lario is also the “Museo della Barca Lariana” to be found, an important symbol of the transportation system of Lake Lario featuring more than 150 boats, which chronicle the history of this transport means in in this area.
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Escursioni proposte: Ancient Via Regina
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