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Valcamonica

From Lake Iseo to Tonale , Valcamonica is a string of villages and towns where tourism has been developed around nature; it is an ideal winter or summer destination for mountain lovers. Valcamonica truly has much to offer: two unspoilt national parks- Adamello and Stelvio - among the most important in the Alps, an impressive network of paths and mountain huts for walkers and climbers, cycling paths, three well-known ski stations (Montecampione - Pontedilego-Tonale and Borno) and many others less well-known, summer skiing on the Presena glacier, spa in Boario Terme, a World Heritage national park that documents art and history from 10.000 years ago, a Roman theatre, medieval villages and much more.

 
 

Boario Terme

                            

             Boario SPA park

The writer Alessandro Manzoni and many other praised the water of Boario which is famous all over Italy. Marketed since the early 1900's , the waters gush from four springs in the modern resort situated in a park of over 140.000 mt. Luine Park is well worth a visit for the first rock engravings of the valley. Lake Moro is very beautiful with its charming village of Capodilago.

                  

                 Lake Moro                   Rock Engravings  


 
 

Capodiponte

Valcamonica has the highest concentration of rock engravings in the world (over 200.000 have so far been discovered). They tell the story of this valley over a period of 10.000 years from Paleolithic to Roman times. They are unique in that the story of the Camuni tribes is continuous from primitive tribes of hunters to a people more or less assimilated into the Roman World. For generations the Camuni carved their symbols of everyday life , hunting, war, religious and propitious rites onto rocks to document their history.

 

Looked after by UNESCO, the rock engravings at Capodiponte are mostly found in the Naquane National Park, the largest in Europe dedicated to rock art. Over 30.000 figures have been carved into a hundred or so rocks, the most impressive being the "Big Rock" with over 1.000 figures, some overlaid on others. These were carved from Neolithic times until the Iron Age. The other park that worths a visit is Bedolina and Seradina, where the oldest map is represented.


 
 

Cividate Camuno

Once upon a time this tiny village was the "Civitas Cammunorum", the centre of the valley's affairs during Roman times. The archaeological remains of the Theatre and Amphitheatre park bear this out (baths, theatre, houses, burial groundsetc.) but also the valuable finds now on display in the National Archaeological Museum. There are floor mosaics, vases, sarcophagi and a rare statue of Minerva made from Carrara marble, almost 2 metres high and dating from the 5th century B.C.

 

                            

Bienno

Crenellated towers and houses with stone loggias and doorways, Bienno has maintained its medieval features intact. The real curiosity of the village is the old forges where the visitor can see how iron used to be worked using only hammers powered by the rush of the waters. Once there were over 80 forges in the valley and today the methods of three hundred years ago are used in Bienno. In fact the local smiths still use the ancient methods of working. To know the history of the old forges the visitor can go to the Forge Museum. There is also an old mill in use to grind the grain into flour.

                                                                    

                     

  
 
 

Lake Iseo

                               

Every lake is a world of its own and Lake Iseo is one of the most charming and romantic for the changingness of its moods, its amphithetre of surroundings mountains and for its central island, Monte Isola ( the largest lake island in Europe) which rises green out of the lake's deep, blue waters. The constant breeze which plays over the lake is perfect for lovers of sailing, windsurfing, kitesurf, paragliding and hand-gliding and anglers will delight in the abundancy of fish in the clean waters. Monte Isola is truly a world of its own in the middle of this beautiful lake. It covers 5km and in that small space rises to an altitude of 600m. It is easily reached by ferry and no cars are allowed. In just a few minutes the boat arrives at the pretty fishing villages which have maintained their charm.

              

Zone, overlooking the lake, has a very unusual feature: the local call them "stone witches " but geologists prefer the term "erosion pyramids". They are columns up to 30 metres high of soil topped, and protected , by a rock. Water has eroded the surrounding soil over thousands of years leaving the pyramids seemingly more precarious than a house of cards. They are the largest in Europe and should not be missed.

                                                 

Franciacorta

   

Franciacorta is an area of gentle hills covered with vineyards, medieval towers and patrician villas. It lies in a sunny hollow to the south of Lake Iseo and has been dedicated to wine-making since the Romans started to cultivate the vine. Heirs of the tradition, today's wine-makers produce high-quality wines, the most famous being "Franciacorta", the king of Italian sparkling wines.

and then ...

Pontedilegno – Tonale – 60 km – In Valcamonica up in the glaciers of the Adamello range, Pontedilegno and Tonale Presena are among the best known ski resorts in Italy. To fulfil  your every need for a holiday on the snow, 30 modern ski lifts and 110 teachers at your service. Over 100km of ski slopes from 1200 m. to 3100 m. suitable for all ages and tastes.
Lake Garda80 km - With its clear, clean and warm water, sunny beaches, mild climate and Mediterranean vegetation, Lake Garda is like a small sea set between the last spurs of the Alps and the Lombardy
plain. Garda has been a favoured spot since Roman times and has been lauded by poets and writers through the ages, for example Catullus, Goethe, Joyce and D’Annunzio.


Brescia – 55 km
Bergamo - 55 km
Milan – 105 km
Verona – 120 km
Mantua – 120 km
Venice – 230 km

 


 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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