Val Camonica | The Ice Man and his World

Valcamonica art
Valcamonica art
Weather Square in Bolanzo
Weather Square in Bolanzo
Paleolithic Dwelling by Lake Ledro
Paleolithic Dwelling by Lake Ledro
Views over Lake Ledro
Views over Lake Ledro
Riva del Garda
Riva del Garda
Bolanzo Cathedral
Bolanzo Cathedral

The Alpine valleys of Val Camonica hold one of the largest collections of Prehistoric rock art in the world - Italy’s first World Heritage Site. The images depict every facet of life from Neolithic through to Roman times. Each depiction is unique, creating a varied and concentrated gallery of prehistoric life: there are animals, humans, boats, carts, huts - some strung together into narratives - an almost overwhelming profusion of detail.

Having set the scene, we venture into the mountains to visit the ice-man ‘Ötzi’ - an emissary from 5000 years ago. Hikers stumbled across Ötzi in 1991, and for over two decades analysis of his body, and the extraordinary Prehistoric tool kit he carried, has given us a glimpse into the Ice Man’s world...

  • Discover the Prehistoric gallery of over 100,000 rock art depictions in the National and local parks of Val Camonica
  • Visit remarkable waterlogged wooden structures and items preserved in the mud at the edge of Lake Ledro
  • View well-preserved artefacts from the pile-dwelling settlements of the region and reconstructed villages
  • Meet Ötzi and learn about his life and death at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology


  • Rock Art
  • Prehistory


  • Special Access
  • Small Group
  • Low Single Supplement
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

We fly to Milan and journey to our hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Brescia
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

We start our tour with a two-day exploration of Val Camonica. Today, we visit incredible rock art sites in Naquane Park, which extends over 14 hectares. The valley is 75km in length and contains more than 100,000 prehistoric rock art images depicting people, animals, tools and weapons. We continue with a visit to the huge Copper Age engraved boulders at Massi di Cemmo. Excavations here uncovered a significant multi-period sanctuary. In the afternoon, we spend time in the National Museum of Prehistory della Val Camonica (MUPRE). Here, we will see a marvellous collection of statue stelae and a wide range of finds from decades of excavations in the valley.

Hotel: Hotel Brescia
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

This morning, we visit the rock art sites in the archaeological park of Seradina-Bedolini showing scenes of hunting, war, magic and agriculture. After lunch, we contrast art with everyday domestic life as we view reconstructed prehistoric houses – and more rock art – at Foppe di Nadro. Here, we can see a Neolithic hut and also a Rhaetic Iron Age house, giving a good idea of how the people that made the rock art lived.

Hotel: Hotel Brescia
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

We visit the Giovanni Rambotti Archaeological Museum, which houses many artefacts from lake dwelling excavations, and the MAG Museo Alto Garda. Next, we travel to Lake Ledro to visit the newly-renovated Pile-dwelling Museum. Here, a Bronze Age pile-dwelling village (“palafitta”) was discovered in 1929 and reconstructed structures can be viewed. The local museum has a wide range of artefacts on display found in the area of the pile dwellings. Due to the embedding in anaerobic conditions, the state of preservation is impressive.

Hotel: Hotel America
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

We delve further into the Alps and visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, home of Ötzi, the Ice man. His body has yielded information on a multitude of things: how he lived and what he ate, parasitic infestation, how the tattoos on his back and legs possibly indicate acupuncture points, and eventually how he died. In the afternoon, we return to Trento, allowing us the opportunity to visit the Science Museum, the cathedral or an impressive underground Roman site.

Hotel: Hotel America
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

This morning, we visit the archaeological collections of the Castello del Buonconsiglio before we drive to the airport for our return flight back to London.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

Hotel Info

3 nights in a comfortable 3 star hotel in Boario Terme

2 nights in Terme

Travel Information

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2020 Tour Details

Sat 30th May - Thu 4th Jun




sgl supp: £135


Led By: Craig Alexander

Guide Lecturer

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