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The shepherds’ writings

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    Photo: N. Delvai, APT Val di Fiemme
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    Photo: N. Delvai, APT Val di Fiemme
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    Photo: N. Delvai, APT Val di Fiemme
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    Photo: N. Delvai, APT Val di Fiemme
  • / The shepherds’ writings
    Photo: N. Delvai, APT Val di Fiemme
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Short and interesting tour to discover the ancient rock writings of the shepherds of the Val di Fiemme.
Distance 2 km
0:45 h
225 m
0 m
1,373 m
1,149 m
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.

Author’s recommendation

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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Update: August 12, 2021
Highest point
1,373 m
Lowest point
1,149 m
Best time of year

Safety information


  1. Prepare your itinerary beforehand
  2. Choose an itinerary that suits your physical abilities
  3. Choose suitable clothes and equipment
  4. Check the weather forecast
  5. Hiking by yourself is more risky; if this is the case, take a mobile phone with you
  6. Leave information about your itinerary and your expected return time
  7. If you are not sure about your itinerary, contact an Alpine Guide
  8. Pay attention to signposts and directions that you find along your way
  9. Do not hesitate in going back if you feel too tired
  10. In case of emergency call 112

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.

Tips and hints

APT Val di Fiemme - Tel. +39 0462 241111 - -  


Tesero (1,149 m)
46.289833, 11.524240
46°17'23.4"N 11°31'27.3"E
32T 694432 5129347



Turn-by-turn directions

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

Getting there

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.


46.289833, 11.524240
46°17'23.4"N 11°31'27.3"E
32T 694432 5129347
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

Author’s map recommendations

Tabacco – Val di Fiemme, Lagorai, Latemar N° 14

Kompass – Val di Fiemme, Catena del Lagorai N° 618

Map for walks available in all Val di Fiemme information offices.


Hiking shoes, rain-jacket, hiking poles, water, sun cream

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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2 km
0:45 h
225 m
Highest point
1,373 m
Lowest point
1,149 m
Linear route Scenic Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Insider tip Dog-friendly


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