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Parco Nazionale delle Incisioni Rupestri

Capo di Ponte, località Naquane

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Opened in 1955, the Parco Nazionale delle Incisioni Rupestri (National Park of Rock Engravings) was Italy’s first archaeological park and the first site recognised by UNESCO in 1979 as a World Heritage site. It preserves 104 engraved rocks, with some of the most famous examples of rock art in all the Camonica Valley.

The History

Parco Nazionale delle Incisioni Rupestri

Parco Nazionale delle Incisioni Rupestri

The name of Contrada Aquane appeared on a 19th-century cadastral map, probably referring to the legends of Alpine tradition. The engravings found here range from the schematic images of the Neolithic period to more detailed symbolic compositions from the Copper and Bronze Ages, up to narrative scenes from the Iron Age characterised by a dynamic, descriptive style.

The “classic” Camunian artistic period is considered to be over with the arrival of the Romans, although we have a little evidence of it in the Middle Age, during the so-called post-Camunian period.

The Area

Parco Nazionale delle Incisioni Rupestri - L'area

Parco Nazionale delle Incisioni Rupestri - L'area

The heritage

The Park offers five different easily tackled footpaths running for around 3 kilometres.

Visitors may either choose a short tour, at least one-hour walk, or a longer and more detailed visit. (NOTE: one footpath is currently closed for safety reasons).

  • The Great Rock - Rock 1

    The Great Rock - Rock 1

    The Great Rock in Naquane has over two thousand engravings. The oldest date back to the Late Neolithic era, and the most recent to the Early Iron Age. This is a unique carved rock in Europe, with scenes of apparent everyday life, but more probably with symbolic roots lying in the valley culture.

  • The Great Rock - the Deer hunting scene

    The Great Rock - the Deer hunting scene

    Deer hunting with dog (Iron Age). This is almost the only scene on the second, north-facing sector of the large surface of Rock 1.

  • Rock 35 – Running priest

    Rock 35 – Running priest

    This rock is engraved with the so-called “running priest”, dating back to the Iron Age. The male figure wears a head cover with feathers, folded backwards, and has one arm raised, one resting at his side and the legs bent in a running or dancing position.

  • Rock 35 – The Village

    Rock 35 – The Village

    Another portion of the rock shows a “village scene”: buildings, engraved perhaps later than the hunting scenes in the background, showing typical activities of everyday life.

  • Rock 23

    Rock 23

    Dating back to the Iron Age, the figure of the horse-drawn cart is drawn from two different perspectives: the cart is shown as seen from above while the four spoked wheels and two horses are shown from the side.

  • Rock 50

    Rock 50

    Numerous human figures can be seen on the surface of Rock 50 in the “orant” worshipping position: arms upraised, symmetrical legs and a linear body. We can also see knights in combat or hunting, and a dozen or so engravings in North-Etruscan characters.

Address

Località Naquane - Capo di Ponte
25044 Capo di Ponte, località Naquane

Ownership

Ente MiC

Tipology

Archaeological Park

More info

Info

Opening hours (Summer) from 1 April to 30 September

Monday: closed
Tueseday: 8.30 – 19.00
Wednesday: 8.30 – 19.00
Thursday: 8.30 – 19.00
Friday: 8.30 – 19.00
Saturday: 8.30 – 19.00
Sunday: 8.30 – 19.00

Opening hours (winter) from 1 October to 30 March

Monday: closed
Tueseday: 8.30 – 16.30
Wednesday: 8.30 – 16.30
Thursday: 8.30 – 16.30
Friday: 8.30 – 16.30
Saturday: 8.30 – 16.30
Sunday: 8.30 – 13.30

Ticket office closing: 30’ before closing time

Other info: DUE TO THE COVID EMERGENCY MAXIMUM OF 40 VISITORS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE PARK EVERY HOUR. Closed on: Mondays, 1 January and 25 December. For extraordinary opening times, consult the Museum Pole website, or the MIBACT and the official social networks of the Museum. Access to the Naquane Park is free of charge of all visitors on the first Sunday of the month. Tickets are also valid for entry to the MUPRE in the 30 days following purchase. * summer opening hours from 1 April to 30 September 8.30 am - 7.00 pm (ticket office closes 30 minutes beforehand); winter opening hours from 1 October to 30 March Tuesday-Saturday 8.30 am - 4.30 pm, Sunday 8.30 am - 1.30 pm.

Address

Località Naquane - Capo di Ponte
25044 Capo di Ponte, località Naquane

How to get here

Coming from the SOUTH By car: A4 Motorway: Seriate or Rovato exit; Strada Statale 42 del Tonale e della Mendola, towards Passo del Tonale exit at Nadro-Ceto, Capo di Ponte, Cimbergo-Paspardo, Siti di Arte Rupestre; at Capo di Ponte, cross over the railway station, at the level crossing keep right and turn into the road leading to the Chiesa delle Sante. By train: Brescia-Edolo line, Capo di Ponte; then on foot (around 20 minutes). By coach: various coach services are available, stopping in the town. Car park: Via Ronchi di Zir (then 20 minutes on foot). Car and coach park: Chiesa delle Sante (then 10 minutes on foot). Coming from the NORTH By car: from Passo di Aprica or Passo del Tonale, at Edolo continue on Strada Statale del Tonale e della Mendola towards Brescia; exit at Sellero-Capo di Ponte and continue to Capo di Ponte; after the second roundabout, turn left into via Limit and follow the signs to Naquane-Chiesa delle Sante. By train: Brescia-Edolo line, Capo di Ponte; then on foot (around 20 minutes). By coach: various coach services are available, stopping in the town. Car park: Via Ronchi di Zir (then 20 minutes on foot) Car and coach park: Chiesa delle Sante (then 10 minutes on foot)

Contacts

+39 0364 42140
www.parcoincisioni.capodiponte.beniculturali.it
parcoincisionirupestri.capodiponte@beniculturali.it

Full ticket

€6

Reduced ticket

€2 (Italian and EU nationals between 18 and 25)

Free entry:
anyone aged under 18
students (with a named document signed by the school)
school teachers (with certificate issued by the school).
Free entry also on the first Sunday of the month and on other special occasions.

Cumulative ticket

Tickets are also valid for entry to the MUPRE in the 30 days following purchase.

Animals

Dogs permitted on a leash

Guided tours

Guided tours for groups and schools, educational workshops and specialist visits organised exclusively out external staff liaising directly with the service providers.

Toilets

Toilets are available in the Park with facilities for the disabled

Restaurant

No facilities are available inside the Park; restaurants can be found in the town which is about 15/20 minutes from the Park on foot