Rock drawings in Val Camonica
Rock drawings in Val Camonica

Archaeological Tours

with Andante Travels

Val Camonica | The Ice Man and his World

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...

What's included?

  •  A/C coach
  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Accommodation
  •  Local transport & private transfer to/from airport and group hotel
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Led by...

Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander Expert Scholar

Craig studied economics at Cambridge and MIT. He worked in strategy consulting at both McKinsey & Company and Accenture.

Today's Price

Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $180

Tour highlights:

  • 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

Tour details

Dates May 30 2020 - June 4 2020
Duration 6 days
Today's Price
Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $180 Balance due by March 7 2020
Activity Level
Tour code APHI200530

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May 30 2020: Itinerary

We fly to Milan and journey to our hotel.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Brescia

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.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel Brescia

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.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel Brescia

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.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel America, Trento

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.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel America, Trento

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 include: Breakfast

May 30 2020: Additional Info

May 30 2020: Accommodation

This family-run hotel is set in a classically decorated 19th-century palazzo, centered in a zone renowned for its thermal baths.

A 5-minute walk from Trento train station, this casual hotel is also a 13-minute walk from the landmark 13th-century Buonconsiglio Castle and 0.6 km from the Romanesque-style Trento Cathedral.

May 30 2020: Enquiries

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