The islet of Loreto is situated north of Monte Isola, opposite Carzano. It is a private island which has been inhabited for centuries. Gabriele Rosa noticed “ruins of walls and two square towers”, remains of
ancient fortifications. At the end of the 15th cent. the islet was
taken over by the Santa Chiara Sisters of the Convent of Brescia,
who decided to build a convent. In 1910 a Neo-Gothic castle, with a small harbour, two towers and a surrounding conifer park, had already been built by Sir Vincenzo Richieri. The castle stands on a cliff falling sheer to the lake. The tower, battlements and light-coloured stone walls make it very