Shores of history
Crossed by the river Chiese and washed by Lake Garda and Lake Idro, Valle Sabbia is a valley of outstanding beauty in every season, offering mountain views, uncontaminated streams and fresh air. Just a few kilometres from Brescia's provincial capital, it’s ideal for a getaway marked by nature, art and gastronomy.
Start by entering the heart of the medieval village of Bagolino, one of the most characteristic mountain towns in the area, famous for its imposing church dedicated to San Giorgio Martire with its characteristic gabled façade and nave rich in 17th-century altarpieces. Don’t forget to stop at one of the area's traditional taverns where you can sample tasty dishes with the local Bagoss cheese, a slowfood presidium.
If you wish to combine history and scenery, take a detour to the walls of the Rocca d'Anfo, a majestic fortress that rises on a pre-existing Longobard garrison on the slopes of Mount Censo and that boasts a marvellous view of the entire Idro basin. From there, set off along the various bicycle or pedestrian paths that run along the lake and discover the area's ancient churches, some dating back to the early Middle Ages, such as Santa Maria Pieve d'Idro or San Giacomo in Ponte Caffaro.