Not a famous region, but an unexpected surprise.
9.30/10.00 a.m., visit to Rock Engravings park in Naquane. UNESCO added this area to the “World Cultural Heritage List” in 1979.Ancient Camuni’ s way of living is represented .... figures of animals like deer, dogs ... rites of initiation to hunting ... scenes related to agriculture like plowing, towed carts.
11.30/11.45 a.m.: before lunch, (in Esine or surroundings), visit to the Saint Mary the Assumption Church located in Esine, that houses the painting cycle realized by Giovan Pietro da Cemmo that develops two themes: the Salvation and the popular Devotion.
After lunch, the visit will take place in Bienno, Capital of “Valle dei Magli” that is Grigna Valley (where “Magli” means “Hammers” used in the smithy).The Forge-Museum can be visited, (in order to discover the reality of extraction and work of iron, for the production of agricultural tools and weapons).
Even the 1400 Water Mill, still working, thanks to the presence of the artificial channel, deserves a visit.
The charming old town also houses the Church of the Annunciation, frescoed by Da Cemmo and then by Romanino.
Bienno has been added to the "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy"!
Last visit, in program, in Pisogne, Our Lady of the Snow Church. The theme is Passion – Death – Resurrection - Ascension of Jesus Christ. It is called the “Sixtine Chapel of the Poors”, one of the most important example of “Sacred Painting” in 1500 years. Among the years 1532 and 1534 Girolamo Romani called Romanino frescoed the walls, the Saint Arch and the counter façade of this church, using a style completely different from the Academic one of that period. He used a very simple language, which could be easily understood by poor people.
His transgressive figures, often grotesque, are inspired by the simple local people.(A compromise between the Venetian School and the Lombard realism).