Valcamonica tourism: Rock Drawings in Valcamonica

Visit the park Rock Drawings in Valcamonica is one of the most interesting excursions in this region.

Guide Valcamonica

The name Vallecamonica originates from the Latin word used by ancient writers to indicate the inhabitants of the area. The main feature of Valcamonica is represented by petroglyphs, which are images carved into the rock, consisting of more than 300,000 figures, imprinted on the rock surfaces by its prehistoric abitatanti, the people Camuni, from which comes the name of the valley.

The ancient Camuni lived in these areas by the end of the Neolithic period, about 8000 years before Christ, until the times of Roman rule, which began with the submission to Augustus in 16 a. C., when you interrupted the indigenous cultural evolution of this people and ended the activity of incision on the rocks, which gave us through a fascinating illustrated story, the culture and the various transformations of ancient civilizations camuna.

Valcamonica is a valley that opens very wide in the central Alps of Lombardy, including the step of Gavia, Tonale and Lake Iseo. Its territory, crossed by the river Oglio and almost entirely included in the province of Brescia, is commonly divided into Lower Valcamonica, a flat area stretching from Lake Iseo up to Bienno or threshold Breno, the Media Valcamonica, which by threshold Breno extends to the municipalities of Sonic and Edolo, Alta Val Camonica, if starting from Val di Corteno continues to Ponte di Legno.

Among its main centers stand Darfo, Breno, Capo di Ponte, Edolo, Vezza d’Oglio and Ponte di Legno. Since 1955 has been established a park, the National Park Naquane, for the integral protection and public enjoyment of a portion of the incisions.

Since 1979 the engravings of Valcamonica have become the first Italian Heritage Site by UNESCO.