Paratico
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Tra passato e presente

paraticoThe prehistoric remains of the ancient lake dwellings, which date back to about 2,000 years ago, are still a major tourist attraction.
In town you can find the 18th-century church of S. Martino (St. Martin) and the Oratorio di S. Paolo  (the Oratory of St. Paul), which was built in the 15th century and  has 15th - and 16th-century frescoes.

After the year 1000 the area of the 13th-century Vanzago Castle, owned by the Lantieri family, was  fortified against invasions with a circle of walls and a tower. The Lantieri family were the landowners of the area and they left around 1500. For this reason when the Landsknechte arrived in 1521, the castle had been abandoned for about 10 years and was therefore left to the mercy of events.

The castle was later turned into a convent and, in 1850, into a hospital. Tradition has it that in 1311 Dante, no less, was a guest at the castle! paratico2

Near the cemetery you can find the church of St. Peter (S. Pietro), built in 1730 on a 15th-century chapel, whereas the parish church of St. Mary of the Assumption (S. Maria Assunta) was built between 1896 and 1904 and joined to a 12th-century church where some frescoes have recently been discovered.

Starting from 1876, when the Palazzolo-Paratico railway line was completed, the town became a switch-over point for the barges carrying wagons with iron and steel products from Lovere.

At the well-known town market, which is held on Thursdays, you will be able to buy handicrafts and food and wine products from all over the Valcalepio area.