Vast collection of rock drawings in Valcamonica
I visited this WHS in May 2014. After reading several reviews, I decided to visit the rock drawings of Naquane in Capo di Ponte. The park is open from 8:30am which was perfect to be able to check out the orange route first which takes about an hour. On a sunny day the first sun rays are visible on the most famous series of rock drawings Rock 50 and the Big Rock. There are reindeer, hunters, shovels, animals, geometric signs, hunting scenes, horses, carts, etc. Unlike the rock art I saw in Alta, Norway, the rock drawings of Valcamonica are not filled in with red ocre so the different engravings and iron tool marks are more visible in the main rock drawings. Some rock drawings are completely covered with vegetation or overgrowth or simply with mud. After the orange route which gives you a very good overview of rock drawings, another 45 min trail uphill takes you to the red route to see other rock drawings with one of the most famous being the running athlete drawing. However, an extra effort through a 35 minute downhill trail will lead you to my favourite rock drawings of Valcamonica – a series of pile dwellings – which was the next WHS I was going to visit later on.
Rock Drawings in Valcamonica – Italy