Comune di Bienno


Coat of arms

Location of Bienno in Italy

Coordinates: 45°56′12″N 10°17′39″E / 45.93667°N 10.29417°E / 45.93667; 10.29417
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province / Metropolitan city Brescia (BS)
  Mayor Massimo Maugeri
  Total 30 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 445 m (1,460 ft)
Population (31 December 2011)[1]
  Total 3,619
  Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Biennesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 25040
Dialing code 0364
Patron saint Santi Faustino e Giovita
Saint day 15 febbraio
Website Official website

Bienno is an Italian comune in Val Camonica, province of Brescia, Lombardy, classed as one of the five most beautiful villages of Italy by the Council of Tourism of the Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI).


Bienno's territory in Valle Camonica

The village is located in Val Grigna, on the northern side of the river Grigna. It is bordered by other towns such as: Bagolino, Berzo Inferiore, Bovegno, Breno, Cividate Camuno, Collio, Prestine.


map of Bienno in Brescia's territory


See also: Val Camonica

In 1295 a dispute occurred with the neighbouring village Bovegno regarding some high pastures.

On January 25, 1350 the bishop of Brescia invested iure feuds for a tenth of the rights in the territories of the Municipality of Bienno (vicinia) and men of Bienno. This also happened back in 1295, 1336, and later in 1388, 1423 and 1486.

In 1391 the land of Bienno, which sided with the Ghibellines, was the site of extensive cattle raiding by the Guelph Camuni, led by Baroncino Nobili of Lozio.

The peace of Breno was signed on 31 December 1397 by the representative of the community of Bienno, Lanini Bertolino di Martino, who was a Ghibelline.

Between 1805 and 1815 the town of Bienno was united to Prestine and called "Bienno with Prestine."

Main sights

Bienno is part of the club of "The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy" creation of the Council of Tourism of the Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI).

Statua di Cristo Re (Timo Bortolotti - 1930)
Parish church of St Faustino and Giovita
Danse macabre in St Maria

Religious architecture

Casa Bettoni antico palazzo in Bienno
House-tower in Bienno

And also

when she left, after a fatal hunting accident caused by her husband, Count Jean Charles Tristan de Montholon, son of Charles Tristan, marquis de Montholon, suspected to have poisoned the Emperor Napoleon, in Saint Helena, and brother of Hélène Napoleone Bonaparte de Montholon , whose father could be Napoleon and who lived 90 years,[3]

with the exception of the usufruct of the lower floors, left to Liberata Fostinelli and Battista Panteghini and all their descendants ad vitam eternam , to reward them from their loyalty.

This usufruct has been transferred to the municipality of Bienno by their children Battista Panteghini, son of Liberata, and Maria Bettoni, whose family was the owner of the Palazzo Bettoni in Bienno, in 1988, because of the difficulties of maintenance and heating the palace, and their old age. It becomes the Public Library and a cultural center.[4]

Traditions and folklore

The scütüm are in camunian dialect nicknames, sometimes personal, elsewhere showing the characteristic features of a community. The one which characterize the people of Bienno is Padèle.


All buildings, museums and churches are open to the public every year, for a week, until midnight in August, during the village festival called Mostra Mercato former flour mill and forge are returned to service. This week welcomes thousands of visitors.


Mostra mercato 2014[5]


Photo Gallery


  1. ISTAT Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. Mostra Mercato 2014


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