Short and interesting tour to discover the ancient rock writings of the shepherds of the Val di Fiemme.
Distance 2 km
For many centuries, the steep mountain sides above the valley’ towns have been used to graze goats and sheep. Today, the rock writings on the sides of Mount Cornon and Pizzancae are proof of this old habit. The writings date back to a period between the 15th and 20th century.
Did you know? The shepherds’ writings were made with hematite (red ocher) mixed with saliva or goat or sheep milk. A stick, whose tip was chewed or softened with a stone, was used as a paint brush. The writings mostly include the shepherd’s initials, the year and the number of grazing sheep and goats.
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Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.
From the parking lot, walk along the dirt road that, constantly and slightly climbing, leads to the area of Salime. Once at the crossroad, take the road on the right that continues through a beautiful wood of pines. Just before getting to the creek, you can spot on the left a rock covered with red writings. Crossed the bridge, you can admire a small waterfall on the right and if you look up on the left side, you can see another piece of rock with further writings.
all notes on protected areas
From Cavalese or Predazzo, drive to Tesero and take Via Cavada. The road, quite narrow and very steep, is paved for the first part then turns into a dirt road. Continue until the road crosses with a forest road, drive past it, then park your car on the left side of the road.
In the small square on the left side of the road.
32T 694432 5129347
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SUI SENTIERI DEI PASTORI - Itinerari escursionistici alla scoperta delle scritte dei pastori di Fiemme.
In vendita negli uffici APT di Cavalese e Predazzo - € 8,00
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