The "Pitoti" from Valcamonica, a rock-art Eldorado.

  • Foppe di Nadro - Rock 6

“Pitoti” are the figures which are cut into rock rather than painted onto rock. The major single concentration is in the high Alpine valley of Valcamonica, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. Valcamonica was the first place in Italy to be inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list, in 1979 – before any of the nation’s more famous and Renaissance masterpieces.

This rock-art exists in abundance: at least 350,000 figures in Valcamonica alone. Above all – and this is why Valcamonica rock-art is genuinely unique – the figures present an autobiographical record.
The valley’s art preserves in a form that we can ourselves experience, in these figures made by the inhabitants of this small mountain community, made by themselves and made of themselves, pictures of the world they successively experienced as they experienced it. It is a community record spanning over 10.000 years – community art, landscape art, public art.




It spans European human experience from the time of early farming through the invention of metal, the arrival of the wheel, to the emergent state.
It ranges from Ötzi the Iceman (found near the head of our valley) to the Emperor Augustus (who conquered it) and on into our own cultural time. This is why European prehistoric rock-art, specifically that of Valcamonica, is of such value, and why it deserves – requires! – the best in modern means to gain access to it.

  • 01 Bedolina rock art area
  • 02 Carpene Rocks 2-3 the butterfly-idol- Sellero archaeological and mining park
  • 03 Carpene Rocks 2-3 - Sellero archaeological and mining park
  • 04 Foppe di Nadro Rock 1 - Rock art natural reserve of Ceto Cimbergo Paspardo
  • 05 Foppe di Nadro Rock 24 the flautist - Rock art natural reserve of Ceto Cimbergo Paspardo
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