Access point to the south of Franciacorta and a few steps from Lake Iseo, the City of Rovato offers many beauties to be discovered.
Rovato: Piazza Cavour and the Municipal Palace
Our visit starts from the central Piazza Cavour, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. With the monumental semicircular palace, the stone paving and the clock tower that soars majestically, this square is one of the masterpieces of design by the famous architect from Brescia Rodolfo Vantini. Favorite destination for happy hour, in the evening gets even more charm.
From Piazza Cavour we walk towards Via Lamarmora. Here we can admire the Palazzo Municipale, a building built under Venetian rule in the 15th century. Many frescoes inside, especially in the Sala del Consiglio Comunale, a real jewel of Venetian art.
A curiosity: according to tradition, in this palace lived the Moretto, one of the greatest masters of the early Brescian Renaissance.
A corner of paradise: Monte Orfano
We move now to Monte Orfano, the Franciacorta hill for excellence that offers one of the most striking views of the area. Several stages await us: we start with the Church of Santo Stefano degli Appestati (via Santo Stefano), a very well-preserved structure that houses ancient frescoes. A golden opportunity to regenerate body and spirit: after the visit, how not to take a moment on the bench to enjoy the surrounding landscape?
From there, continue on foot to Monte Orfano, not without a stop at the Church of San Michele (via Announced by Cemmo). Another small treasure chest of art and spirituality declared a national monument.
From the Church of San Michele it takes only a few minutes to reach one of the symbols of Rovato, the Convent of the SS. Announced (Via Monte Orfano 9). Built in 1449 and for centuries a focal point of the religiousness of Northern Italy, in addition to the beautiful architecture with loggia and cloister, it boasts a wonderful Church with a cycle of frescoes depicting the stories of the Order of the Virgin Mary. And a treasure of exception: the Annunciation painted by Romanino.
What are you waiting for? Come and discover Rovato and its riches!
How to reach Rovato
Rovato is served by the two Rovato (A4 Milan – Venice) and Rovato Sud (A35BreBeMi) motorway toll booths. Alternatively, it can be reached by train (train service offered by Trenord, Milan-Brescia or Bergamo-Brescia line).