Not to be missed in the surrondings

The Prehistoric Rock Art Park in Grosio

The Rupe Magna stands at the center of the Prehistoric Rock Art Park [Parco delle Incisioni Rupestri] in Grosio: one of the biggest incised boulders of the Alpine mountain chain, it has more than 5000 markings that date back to between the fourth and first millennium B.C.. Human figures, animals and objects from everyday life are chiseled into the rock, along with geometric forms and holes.

Visits at sunset can be especially striking, as the horizontal rays highlight the incisions. The park, atop the Dosso dei Castelli, also comprises the ruins of two ancient castles besides the spectacular boulder: the Castello Vecchio di San Faustino (tenth-eleventh century), with its Romanesque bell tower, and the Castello Nuovo Visconteo (sixteenth century), encircled by a double row of walls.

Inside the Antiquarium located at the entrance to the park, in the Ca’ del Cap, visitors can see the relics found during two archeological digs carried out on the Dosso dei Castelli and the Dosso Giroldo.

The visit will reveal Valtellina’s ancient origins, in a beautiful natural environment.

Characteristics
  • Suitable for families with children
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Where

San Faustino Street - Grosio
About 45 minutes drive from Sondrio, along SS 38

Opening time

Ca’ del Cap e Antiquarium
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 am-12.30 pm and 1.30 pm-5.00 pm.
Castelli Medievali
Always open to visitors
Guided tours “discovering the park”
Saturday and Sunday
- first visit: 10:30 am
- second visit: 2.00 pm

Midweek visits on reservation for groups.

Not to be missed

A visit to the Rupe Magna and Villa Visconti Venosta.

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