Rock Engraving Park of Grosio, Grosio

#3 of 44 in Historic Sites in Province of Sondrio
Must see · Historic Walking Area · Ruin
The Rock Engraving Park is an Archaeological Park situated in Grosio and Grosotto, two villages in the valley Valtellina in the north of Italy . The park was founded in 1978 to conserve, study and develop the Cultural Heritage on the Dosso dei Castelli .
The Castle Hill displays a highly valuable combination of the historical, archaeological, architectural and even landscape patrimony of various ages of the Valtellina. The hill is dominated by two castles. The Castello Vecchio (Old Castle) from the 10th-11th century and the Castello Nuovo (New Castle) which got constructed in the 14th century. Of high standard is even the traditional system of dry-stone terraces surrounding the hill. Special and unique is the Rupe Magna, a large rock which contains more than 5.000 engraved figures from the 4th to the 1st millennium B.C.
Rock Engravings are documented in several different locations in the Valtellina, but the most important ones can be found in the Rock Engraving Park of Grosio on the surface of the Rupe Magna. In the year of 1966 the italian Archaeologist Davide Pace found traces of rock engravings. During the following years he made a first record of those petroglyphs of the Rupe Magna and even of those found on the nearby Dosso Giroldo. In a next step the Rupe Magna got object of a research project between 1991 and 1995. During those scientific studies more than 5.000 petroglyphs were located and documented. Hence the Rupe Magna is with a length of 84 mts and a width of 35 mts one of the biggest engraved rocks in the Alpine range.
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  • We had today a very lovely and interesting guidance. Our Guide, Gottfried, was very sympathic and competent. He explained patient under Covid condition (with Mask) all the History and regional facts.....  more »
  • Our guide Gottfried made this a most interesting look at the people who inhabited this land thousands of years ago. You can take in beautiful views from the historic castle, while marveling at the...  more »
  • Absolutely worth a visit! The guides (tours are also available in English and German) are well qualified & enthusiastic and give a good overview of both castles and the nearby rock carvings. Also ok for kids or older people, there's not too much walking.
  • Amazing location and great tour. Me and my girlfriend showed up kind of randomly and they organized a tour just for us. They were able to do the tour entirely in English, which was also very nice given that my girlfriend is American. The tour was very interesting and easy to follow. The park cover and incredibly wide historical period of Valtellina.

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