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Friday, 7 July 2017

Rock Drawings in Valle Camonica - Part 2 - Italy

Lake Moro, Luine and Monticolo

Intermunicipal Park

Luine Municipal Park

The Park embraces a broad area in the territories of Darfo Boario Terme and Angolo Terme where one finds the Luine Municipal Park and the Corni Freschi Archaeological Site.
The Luine Municipal Park, expanding over the three hillslide areas, Crape., Simoni and Luine, can be crossed through three visiting itneraries and it counts over 100 rocks of characteristic purplishred
Simona Stone.  The variety and age of the engravings - some of the most ancient depicitions of the Valley can be seen here, dating between 13,000 and 10,000 years b.p. - and the presence of a prehistoric  and proto--historic settlement make Luine a place of exceptional interest.  The park has its own Educational Centre.


Address:  Gorzone suburb, Luine area, 25047 Darfo Boario Terme (Brescia)

Mobile:   +39 348 7374467


Free Admission

Corni Freschi Archaeological Site

The Corni Freschi Archaeological Site, located at the base of the Monticolo hill, belongs to a series
of cult sites characterizing several locations of Valle Camonica during the Copper Age (3rd millenniun BCE)  The boulder is a big , split block of sandstone fallen from the rocky slope behind it: in the midst of the vertical face stands out a composition of nine engraved hailberds, whence the name given to the boulder, "Rock of the halberds".  Recent researches have made it possible to identify, about 30 cm below the present flat country surface, a second composition of engraved figures: fifteen collated daggers, arranged so as to follow the heraldic scheme of the haliberds.

Address:   Gattaro area
                 25047 Darfo Boario Terme (Brescia)


Free Admission

Asinino - Anvoia Archaeological Park

Established in 2005, the Asinino - Anvoia Archaeological Park in Ossimo highlights a cermonial site dating back to the Copper Age.  At the main entrance, the the Pat area, a Visitors' Centre has been set up displaying a tourist accommodation that hosts a plastic scale model of the ceremonial site area and the casts of several decorated boulders, while within a coniferous forest a route equipped with facilities leads to the Anvoia area, where a Chalcolithic site has been rebuilt.  Here, the reproductions of the four steles have been placed in the original position of the discovery and some ritual spaces connected to them have been recreated.  The original steles are preserved in the MUPRE.  The
original steles are preserved in the MUPRE  The National Prehistory Museum of Valle Camonica, in Capo di Ponte

Address:    Asinino - Anvoia  area
                  25050 Ossimo (Brescia)


Free  Admission

Sellero Muncipal Archaeological and Mineral Park includes four different rock art sites and the Carpene, is equipped with a visitor's route, which can be reached through an uphill path, with some level parts.  The outcrops are characterized by a hard rock with metal veins revealing the presence of quartz.  They were engraved by Man since Neolithic ( 4th millennium BCE) The figures seem to indicate a pause in the engraving activity during the Copper and Bronze Ages ( 3rd - 2nd milennia BCE) and a meaningful resumption in the Iron Age (1st millennium BCE)   The Carona mines, located north-west of the town of Sellero at about 800 m a.s.l. are characterized by underground passages, tunnels and the remains of the labourers' accommodation and storage area.  They were
exploited from the late 1800s to 1951


Address:   25050 Sellero (Brescia)


Free Admission

"Coren de le Fate" Polythematic Pathway

This  area is a part of Adamello Regional Park

The rocks are located in a lovely natural setting, surrounded by age-old chestnut trees. Some of them have information panels and walkways affording a close-up view of the engravings. Coren de la Fate and Coren de l'Aiva are two spots of particular interests, where oral tradition tells of the relations between engraved rocks, toponyms and legends connected with the themes of magic and superstition.
The engraved surfaces mainly present schematic and symbolic depicitions - cupmarks, solar discs, topographical representations, meanders and shovels - dated between the 4th and 1st millennium BCE.


Address:   25048 Sonico (Brescia)


Free Admission

Segno Artigiano

The UNESCO site"Rock Drawings of Valle Camonica" has supported also the development of a catalogue of original products that take inspiration from the representations engraved on the rocks."Segno Artigiano" (literally, " The Handcraft Mark") is the brand that characterizes kitchen items (chopping boards, tablecloths, cups, ladies, hot pan mats....) house products (ranging from lamps to lovely key rings) and local traditional food and wine products reinterpreted in pursuit of
artistic design. "Segno Artigiano" has combined culture, territory and business allowing companies to re-invent themselves, to express the resources of the area and to promote know-how, through a process of design-oriented innovation and contemporary crafts.



National Museum of Prehistory of Valle Camonica

MUPRE, which opened in May 2014, illustrates the history of the people known from the Iron Age as Camunni, exhibiting ceramic materials, stone and metal tools, and bone and horn articles. Located in
the ancient  building of Villa Agostani in the historic centre of Capo di Ponte, the Museum extends over the ground floor, in the contiguous open spaces (open gallery, entrance courtyard and furnished rear space) and on the second floor.
The visit begins on the groundfloor, with the theme of Manifestations of the sacred, Copper Age megalithic sanctuaries.  The itinerary continues on the second  floor, where a large hall contains the numerous finds of material culture to end up again on the ground -floor, where "Proto-historical aspects and sites of cult" are exhibited.


Address:   Via S Martino 7, 25044 Capo di Ponte (Brescia)

Tel:   +39 0364 42403



Admission fee

How to get here.

By car

From Trentino:   Tonale Pass
From Sondrino:   Aprica State Road 39
From Bergamo:   State Road 42
From Brescia:     State Road 510

By bus

From Brescia:
FNMA Bus services
From Bergamo - Milano
SAB Bus services

By train

Brescia-Iseo-Edolo Railway

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