turismo valle camonica

Camonica Valley is known worldwide for its outstanding wealth and variety of engraved rock art. In 1979 it was the first Italian site to be included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It is a truly unique place of beauty and charm, where Humankind interacted with the environment since Prehistory, characterizing it as the “The Valley of Landmarks”.

UNESCO’s heritage n. 94 nomination, “Rock Drawings in Valcamonica”, testifies a bounty of engravings scattered along the entire valley, with more than 180 sites spread over 24 municipalities, covering more than twelve thousand years of history. Its chief importance refers not only to the amount of engraved subjects and their chronological evolution, but also to the close relation between the engraved figures and Human history: discovering and getting to know Camunian rock art is the first step toward a unique and unforgettable journey into European prehistory and protohistory, to arrive, through engravings of historical ages (Roman, medieval, modern) at the threshold of the 20th century.

Currently there are eight parks where you can enjoy your visit to rock art, but their number is due to increase, not only for the wealth of archaeological finds in more areas of  the Valley, but also thanks to the Local Institutions, engaged in the promotion of the land’s cultural heritage and aware that it contributes to social-economic development.

Threading your way through Camonica Valley’s archaeological parks you may wonder at the hunters, warriors and farmers, carts and ploughs, horses, oxen, deer, water birds and dogs, huts and medieval rooks.... many more engraved figures and symbols, and their associated theories!

The site introduces the visitor to this fascinating cultural heritage, where art intertwines with history, religion and Humanities. A tour of these places is a fundamental step to experience in person an exciting journey backward in time.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Best practices of education and didactics for the archeological heritage

The Comunità Montana of Valle Camonica, as the coordinating institution of the rock drawings UNESCO site, in partnership with Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio (Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape) for the Bergamo and Brescia Provinces and the Polo Museale of the Lombardia (Lombardy Museum Centre), launches a Call for Papers to promote the topic “Best practices of education and didactics for the archeological heritage”.
This initiative wants to select notable cases-study with national and international relevance, which will be collect in a publication.
The best contributions will be exhibited in the Conference “Il patrimonio UNESCO a 40 anni dal primo riconoscimento italiano: esperienze e prassi educative” (The UNESCO heritage to 40 years after first Italian recognition: educational experiences and practices), to be held in March 2019 in Breno (Bs).
To all participants in the Call will be sent n. 2 copies of the publication. To the speakers selected for the conference will be guaranteed the refund of travel expenses and the stay in Valle Camonica for n. 2 days.

Work Guidelines
The texts must be sent in English or Italian, joined by the application form, duly completed.
The format required for the text are .pdf and .docx, illustrated by at least 5 images (maximum 10) in .jpeg format, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. The images must be combined by captions. The papers should have a maximum length of 20,000 characters (spaces included).Texts and photos must be received free of copyright and with authorization to publish.

Authors are invited to submit papers to the following settings:
-  Territorial setting of the case-study
-  Description of the project in the phases: fact-finding, practical, monitoring and revision
-  Involved subjects
-  Targets and educational purposes of the project
-  Methods and examples used for the realization of the activities
-  Additional distinctive elements of the project (as environmental sustainability, accessibility and integration with the context)
-  Perception and appreciation by the local community
-  Effect and repercussion in the cultural, social and tourist area


Deadlines for Submission
Interested candidates in the attendance should have send a short abstract by 3 December 2018 to the address distrettoculturale@cmvallecamonica.bs.it, specifying in the object the following wording: "Participation in the call for papers" followed by the name of the proponent. The Comunità Montana of Valle Camonica will communicate the results of the selection by 31 December 2018. The evaluation will be carried out by a scientific and editorial Commission, especially identified for the Call.


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CALL FOR THESIS: Rock art of Valle Camonica World Heritage

Comunità Montana di Valle Camonica, as managing authority of the Institutional Coordination Group of the UNESCO site, announces the Call for Thesis “1909 / 1979 / 2019 – Rock art of Valle CamonicaWorld Heritage”, which sets the goal of gathering every piece of research, study and thesis (bachelor, master and doctorate), unreleased and not previously published with publishing companies or in specialised magazines and which have the subject of the heritage of Cammunian rock art, along with all the aspects concerning its safeguard, preservation and enhancement (in the fields of archaeology, cultural production, didactics, communication, marketing and tourism).


The objective of this Call is to confirm the value of the cultural patrimony of Valle Camonica as a field of research and experimentation of the knowledge, as already pursued in time thanks to the extensive work of all the involved authorities, the Ministry for Cultural Assets and Activities and the Cammunian Centre of Prehistorical Studies of Capo di Ponte.


All the essays sent in answer to this Call will be selected by a designated scientific committee and will be part of a specific publication released on the occasion of the celebration for the 40 years of the UNESCO recognition.


The best essays selected will also be presented by their authors during a specific conference concerning the state of research about rock art, which will be held during May 2019 in Valle Camonica.


Every participant to the Call will receive 2 copies of the publication and those selected for the conference will receive a refund of their travel expenses and will be a guest in Valle Camonica for 2/3 days.



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The Parks

The Parks

Rock Art

The rock art heritage of Camonica Valley, the first UNESCO Italian site since 1979, is divided into eight great archaeological parks.
From the ancient-most marks at Luine Park to the mysterious geometric symbols of Sonico Park, it’s easy to see why a visit to Camunian rock art is a dive into places, colours, lights and smells that let you savour sites which may be neighbouring but each of them with unique characteristics. In the Seradina and Bedolina Park you may be charmed by the sinuous lines of the horsemen-hunters of Rock 12 and by the bright purple colour of “Opuntia compressa”, a small prickly pear that carries you away to distant places.
Over a short hill, accompanied by a gurgling mountain creek, visitors to Sellero Park will meet the biggest engraved “Camunian Rose”.
NaquanePark amazes for its Great Rock, where some unique symbols, such as looms and the labyrinth, tell tales of past life or legends. In Cemmo Park you may observe the engravings first discovered by scholars as far back as 1909 and Ossimo Park is reconstructed today as a ceremonial site of the 3rd millennium BCE.
The eight rock art parks of Camonica Valley are placed in this broad context, unfolding from the lower valley with Lake Moro Intermunicipal Park, which comprises Luine Park and the Corni Freschi site, in Darfo Boario Terme, all the way to the “Coren delle Fate”, a polythematic pathway in Sonico, in the upper valley.

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Discovering CamonicaValley’s National Museum of Prehistory

Camonica Valley is world-famous due to its extraordinary collection of figures engraved on rocks, most of them from prehistoric times. But while this ancient iconographic heritage is well known to the general public, less known are the daily aspects of life. The folks known since the Iron Age as Camunni, where did they live? Where did they work? Where did they pray their gods? Where did they bury their dead? These questions will be answered by the new Museo Nazionale della Preistoria della Valle Camonica, which will be officially opened at the start of 2013.

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Planning Your Visit

Planning Your Visit

Plan a Visit

Eight rock art parks can be visited today (2012), situated all along Camonica Valley, with differing natural and landscape characteristics.
In this website you can find pages describing each park, guiding visitors to the best choice according to their interests and needs: some parks present level pathways with facilities, others can be trodden only through mountain trails; the vegetation cover varies depending on the altitude and the slope; rock art also presents different themes and symbols, depending on chronology and cultural traditions.

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