The prehistoric art of Val Camonica
Visiting the park is not always easy, as most carvings are left at their original locations and they can be a challenge to reach. Some of them even require to take hair-raising kikes on cliffside trails consisting of narrow, unprotected ledges – not really your thing if you suffer of vertigo, but definitely worth it for everybody else.
Do not expect a quick tour either: the carvings are spread over 24 different municipalities, in about 180 different areas with dozens of rocks each. Every one of them was inscribed with several pictures. In some cases the density is so high that the carvings even overlap one another; more often they look like collections of pictures from different ages, or they actually tell a recognizable story of a religious rite, a hunting expedition or a fight.
The subjects are as varied as you can imagine in a collection of hundreds of thousands pieces, with a few surprises waiting. Several human figures, in examples, are drawn with strange bubble-like helmets on their head – leading to the popular definition of “astronauts”. Some carvings are actual maps, and they led researchers to burial and worshipping sites in the vicinity.