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Between past and present

tavernolaTavernola Bergamasca is on the western shore of Lake Iseo and it enjoys a mild climate: cool in summer and temperate in winter. It also has a wonderful landscape facing it: the lake with its myriad colours, Montisola and Monte Guglielmo (Mount William).

Throughout the day the shades of the landscape alter, highlighting weather conditions near and far. The colour of the lake, the sky and the mountains, the direction of the wind and the ripples on the waters, the sounds and the variations in temperature all make the countryside a reliable means of forecasting the weather.
The territory of Tavernola has little space for new buildings. From the lake you climb up the hills and then the mountains which means that town-planning is naturally protected and preserved.

The Rino stream crosses the territory, splitting it down the middle and separating the different hamlets (Tavernola, Bianica and Gallinarga on one side, the more recent Cambianica on the other side) with a valley.

The first historical evidence found on its territory, namely a number of graves, go back to the Longobard era, datable to around the 6th century. In the following centuries the village became more and more important owing to its position on the shore which allowed trade to develop. So, in medieval times there was significant development which, as a result, led to the building of towers and fortifications for defence purposes, around which the village grew.tavernola2
In the 15th century the village developed even more thanks to the onset of the Venetian domination, which boosted business interests with other areas of the lake. Over the last few decades, the village has begun to revive its splendour thanks to the tourist industry which can rely on business activities aimed at showing the area off to its advantage. 

The Romanesque parish church of St. Peter (San Pietro), which dates back to the 13th century, is of considerable importance. Inside you can see frescoes by Romanino. Then there is the Baroque church right in the centre, built in the 20th century and dedicated to the patron saint of the village, Saint Mary Magdalen (Santa Maria Maddalena).
Villa Fenaroli also deserves a mention; dating back to the 16th century, it has a large botanical garden with several rare species.