A small village that is part of Val Cavallina’s system of fortifications, located on the scree slopes of Mount Pizzetto and Mount Pler.
The municipality of Ranzanico is sited on an ancient route that, arriving from the Seriana Valley, running through the Valle Rossa valley and the territory of Bianzano, reaches Lake Endine. Its historical importance is due both to the fact that it is part of Val Cavallina’s system of fortifications and to its unique position: in fact, it is located at the confluence of two ancient routes of communication.
In the central nucleus of the village, clear traces of the original fortified structure can be seen in the tower facing the main square as well as in some valuable stone portals. The ancient parish church of Santa Maria Assunta dates back to 1476 and it received this dedication shortly after the separation of this parish from that of the church of San Lorenzo in Mologno. Inside, valuable paintings by Palma il Giovane, Cifrondi and Orelli can be seen.
The old centre is home to an ancient and majestic palace, named “Palazzo Suardi-Re”, which today houses the Silk Museum – “Fal’fil” and a permanent exhibition of old mementos and relics from local families. From Palazzo Re, a short walk will bring you to the fine Oratorio of San Bernardino and the characteristic Cappella degli Alpini (Alpine Regiment Chapel).
Descending from the hairpin bends of the old centre towards Lake Endine, you will encounter the village’s second group of buildings, Ranzanico al Lago. The hamlet, directly on the lakeside, has many restaurants, shops and a campsite.