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Bienno

Where
Valle Camonica
Bienno (BS)
Contacts
+39 0364 40001
Official site
Infopoint
Infopoint Darfo Boario Terme
Piazza Einaudi, 2, Darfo Boario Terme (BS)
+39 0303 748751

Since Roman times Val Camonica has been home to iron craftsmen but the Celtic period was particularly intense: work relied on fatigue as much as the anvil and hammer.

Only in the tenth century did the Benedictines in Bienno (BS) begin using water mills.

It turns out that the paddle wheel is perfectly adapted to the Grigna stream.  So began the construction of the "Vaso Re" artificial canal.

From then on the steel industry become central throughout the area up to the present day despite the crisis that hit the sector in the nineteenth century. But the famous iron artisans of Bienno have continued to be appreciated. Now you can discover the industrial history of the village by visiting the places along the course of the Vaso Re.

Bienno is not only a medieval centre. Between the narrow alleyways, high stone walls and tall houses, it boasts original archways decorated with friezes and coats of arms chiselled in stone, while the Renaissance palazzetti are equipped with elegant arcades. Among the cobbled courtyards there are churches and tall well-preserved towers.
The village comes alive in the last week of August.

Under torchlight, hundreds of artists from all over Europe take part. The Mostra Mercato dell'Artigianato displays artistic artefacts along the alleys in the picturesque setting of the historic centre.

For the occasion, the historic mill, the Fucina Museum and the ancient art of forging come back to life, with demonstrations by the màihsters that reproduce the timeless art of water-powered hammers along the Vaso Re.


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Places

Terme di Boario

New-found fitness and a return to childhood fun in the green heart of the Valle Camonica
  • Wellness
Terme di Boario in Valle Camonica
9.54 km

Rock Carvings National Park

The Rock Carvings National Park, in Valle Camonica, is the first of the Unesco Sites in Lombardy to be labelled as World Heritage in 1979
  • Unesco Sites
Rock Carvings National Park
11.29 km

Angolo Terme

Val di Scalve is a valley with breathtaking views and a large park for ultimate relax
  • Wellness
Terme di Angolo
11.85 km

Schilpario, a Nordic skiing paradise

  • Mountains
Schilpario, Val di Scalve
13.19 km

Maniva in the heart of the valley

  • Active & Green
Maniva in the heart of the valley
14.39 km

Montecampione and Maniva

  • Mountains
Montecampione (BS)
14.59 km

Where to sleep

VALDAIONE

Bienno
VALDAIONE
340 mt

CENTRALE

Bienno
CENTRALE
345 mt

L'ORTO DI BALU'

Bienno
L'ORTO DI BALU'
502 mt

BAITA FONTANETO

Bienno
BAITA FONTANETO
5.78 km

IMMOBILIARE BORNO - BORNO 3

Borno
IMMOBILIARE BORNO - BORNO 3
6.17 km

SANTA CRISTINA

Lozio
SANTA CRISTINA
6.6 km

ANTICO POPOLO

Cerveno
ANTICO POPOLO
7.83 km

TASSARA

Breno
TASSARA
8.32 km

SAN MARTINO (CENTRO BENESSERE)

Darfo Boario Terme
SAN MARTINO (CENTRO BENESSERE)
8.71 km

GUALTIERO LAENG

Borno
GUALTIERO LAENG
8.99 km

BAITA ISEO

Ono San Pietro
BAITA ISEO
9.34 km

GIADA

Darfo Boario Terme
GIADA
9.43 km

ROSELLO DI SOPRA

Esine
ROSELLO DI SOPRA
9.45 km

SAN FERMO

Borno
SAN FERMO
9.74 km

PASSO CROCEDOMINI

Breno
PASSO CROCEDOMINI
9.74 km

CASA ROSY

Darfo Boario Terme
CASA ROSY
10.49 km

RIFUGIO CIMON DELLA BAGOZZA

Schilpario
RIFUGIO CIMON DELLA BAGOZZA
10.88 km

CAMPIONE ALTO

Cerveno
CAMPIONE ALTO
11.05 km

ALPINI MONTE CIMOSCO

ALPINI MONTE CIMOSCO
11.1 km

CASTELLO

Cimbergo
CASTELLO
11.5 km