Rock Engravings Nature Reserve
of Ceto, Cimbergo and Paspardo
The Reserve is the largest protected archaeological area of Camonica Valley.
It extends over 300 hectars of territory embracing the three municipalities of Ceto (with Nadro village), Cimbergo and Paspardo.
The engraved rocks are nestled in a natural mid-mountainous environment alternating at places with man-made structures and relics of past times.
The tour begins at the educational Museo della Riserva located in Nadro (ticket office, information, services, printed materials, audio-guides) and continues on to several possible visiting routes starting from Nadro di Ceto (to Foppe), from Cimbergo (to Campanine - Figna) and from Paspardo (to Plas - Capitello, In Vall and Sottolaiolo).
The tours make for visits from a few hours to several days, where you can admire the manifold sides of the reserve: archaeological sites, ethnografic and environmental aspects.
Pathways: about 2,000 metres, easy trail but not accessible to wheelchairs or people with motor disabilities
Time to allow for a visit: about 3 hours
The Foppe di Nadro areaThe Foppe di Nadro area presents a succession of densely engraved rock surfaces, whose visit is organized along an enjoyable trail loop. The known petroglyphs date back from the 5th millennium BCE to the late Middle Ages. Particularly important are the figures of the Bronze Age (2nd millennium BCE, with a rich collection of weapon types) and the graceful warriors identifiable with the phase of Etruscan influence (mid Iron Age). At the entrance of the engraved area, a relatively flat clearing has been arranged for educational purposes, with a reconstructed Neolithic hut and a Rhaetian Iron Age house, where it’s possible to simulate an archaeological dig.
Pathways: about 2,000 metres, hard route without facilities, no wheelchairs or people with motor disabilities
Time to allow for a visit: about 2 hours
The Cimbergo castle (12th-13th cen.)The Cimbergo castle (12th-13th cen.) stands out above the Campanine path, where recent archaeological researches have spotted more than 100 engraved rocks, of which only a dozen belong in the organized tourist route. The area was first engraved during the late Neolithic (late 4th millennium BCE), then was temporarily forsaken in the following centuries (very few glyphs date from the 2nd millennium BCE), then again used in the last millennium. Furthermore, there is evidence of a very rich and so far unique concentration of rock art made in Roman times and continuing on to the modern age.
Due to its remarkable size, the Paspardo archaeological area is divided into sub-areas located in a suggestive mountain environment, to a large extent pristine. Each zone is characterized by unique styles and subjects that can’t be found elsewhere in the Valley. We indicate here the areas open to the public and equipped with tourist facilities, all easily reached on foot from the town: Plas - Capitello, In Vall and Sottolaiolo.
Pathways: about 1,000 metres, easy routes
The Sottolaiolo visiting route is equipped for visually and hearing-impaired persons
Time to allow for a visit: about 3 hours (Plas - Capitello, In Vall and Sottolaiolo)