10 thousands years old art, in Camonica Valley, Italy

rock drawing Val Camonic

Italy is a land full of contrast. Starting from its age. A very young country, founded only in 1861 awith one of the oldest and richest history on earth.

The very first Italian site that has been included in the World Heritage list from UNESCO confirmed this. It was 1979 and Arte Rupestre della Val Camonica was becoming part of this prestigious list. Very much possibly among the oldest human made arts that can be found.

History says that nomad population moving in the Camonica valley, around the 8th and 6th millenium BC have found those large rocks a great area to carve and draw scenes of their lives. Hunting above all, but also plants and fruits.

Controversy on the symbol

One of the most famous drawing of this valley is the Rosa Camuna, today also used as a symbol of the Lombardy region, where Camonica valley sit. Albeit believed to be associated with a rose, in the reality this is only a modern creation, as majority of studies have associated it with the solar power and the impact of the sun on earth.

This spectacular site can be visited at

Loc. Naquane, 1, 25044 Capo di Ponte in provincia of Brescia, Italy

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