Tour 10 - Sorico and Pian di Spagna: from the Legionaries to the Great War

Arrival at Sorico, the last village at the northwest shore of the Lario. Visit at the parish dedicated to S. Stefano, probably of romanesque origins and renovated during the XVIIIth century. Inside this church there is a paiting of the Fiammenghino illustrating the Virgin Mary with the Infant Jesus, S.Miro and the archangel Michele. From here, through a step-mule track you reach the sanctuary of S. Miro, a church of romanesque origins and renovated in the XVth century, with the venerated tomb of this Saint who died here around 1381 and the interesting cycle of the Renaissance frescos of Sigismondo de Magistris. This Saint is venerated in these areas, as he had the miraculous quality of bringing the rain to the places and people afflicted with drought.
Descending from S. Miro and trough a long and level tract of the ancient main road running along the Lake of Mezzola, after nearly 15 minutes you reach Dascio, a small hamlet of Sorico, and from the so-called “Sasso di Dascio” (Stone of Dascio) you can admire the wildlife reserve of the Oasi of the Pian di Spagna.
This marshland located at the northern end of the Lario, between the rivers Mera and Adda, is a protected regional wildlife area. From the naturalistic point of view this area is very important due to the high presence of ponds, were the deers can water and the birds can nest.
Sice the ancient times this place had a strategic importancefor the control of the lake. The name was invented during the spanish rule, when the Iberians built the Fort of Fuentes as a defensive mainstay and a garrison of the territory on the only relief which brings to the mouth of the Adda. Today we have little ruins of the Fort, which are visible when going up the road from Colico.
Another Fort was built before the Great War as a garrison of the territory. Luckily, no military actions have occurred. Somebody say that the only shot was addressed to the germanic soldiers which, coming from the main road, had to stop to Dongo because of this barrage fire. But we do not find any historical evidence of this.
The second fort has been completely recovered, therefore it can show to visitors the fire holes, the structures of the shot actions and the quarters.
Finally we suggest a short excursion to the lake of Mezzola and the visit to the oratory of S.Fedelino, located in a suggestive natural backgroud. It was built at the end of the Xth century on the supposed martyrdom place of the saint. A loyal roman legionary converted to Christianity, he was killed by the imperial hired killers in those places. The oratory can be reached both by land, through a path, and by boat from the opposite shore of the lake of Mezzola.
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