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Lombardy’s Val Camonica Valley has a unique collection of prehistoric rock carvings  

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 10:58

The Val Camonica Valley in eastern Lombardy has a large collection of prehistoric petroglyph rock carvings. At 100 kilometres long, it is one of the largest valleys in the central Alps and is historically divided between the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia. In 1979 it became Italy’s first UNESCO site and today there are over 180 different archaeological locations in 24 municipalities along the valley which is world famous for its prehistoric petroglyphs or rock carvings.

val_camionica.pngThe rock carvings show hunting and battle scenes

The figures in the carvings are sometimes superimposed one on top of the other in no apparent order, while others are in a logical relationship with one another such as the scenes of religious rites, hunting or battle. These ideograms in the Val Camonica represent the "idea" of the object rather than the actual object, and the rock art is currently to be seen in eight parks, although given the valley's wealth of archaeological relics new sites are being added.  

Cycle paths and modern spa towns 

The Val Camonica also means nature and sport as it has many ski resorts and slopes. It also has the Oglio River Cycle Path, and various mountain bike trails. Nature lovers will appreciate the Adamello and Stelvio Parks and for wellness buffs there are the modern spas towns of Boario, Angolo and Sapori which delight with their wide range of traditional products and gastronomic specialties.

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