In the province of Brescia Valle Camonica, or Camunia, it is a world of its own. Of the three Brescia valleys (Camonica, Trompia and Sabbia) is the largest and also from the tourist point of view the most important.
Camonica Valley extends from the north until it reaches the shores of Lake Iseo and Franciacorta, thus offering a great variety of climates, which is reflected in its nature. It is a land rich and it offers a lot to its visitors: the thermal baths of Boario, trekking in its mountain trails with spectacular views, the culture with archaeological museums and the remains of the fortifications dating back to the Great War, with winter sports the slopes of famous resorts such Temù and Ponte di Legno.
So, it is a valley that is able to give much and to satisfy a very broad range of needs and demands.
The thermal baths
Boario, or rather Boario Terme, is a well-known spa resort, which each year attracts a large number of people for leisure or make cures visit the town: along with Lake Garda Sirmione Spa is a landmark in the spa industry.
A history of thousands years
Camonica Valley has an ancient history and its people, the Camuni, still feel very strong ties with a past that saw Roma succeed with great difficulty ensuring the romanization, that despite the military and cultural efforts remained in many areas only external. The inhabitants of the valley are camuni and then Brescia, a difference that is remarked everywhere today, the bond that unites the camuni to their land is strong and self-perpetuating.
Why is this distinction so strong? Because the Valley has a history that is much older than Rome itself and the proof is in the famous stone carvings, the first World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO in Italy … it was the1979! The carvings extend on various common and are divided into eight parks, the oldest date back to the VIII-VI millennium BC and represent various subjects, one of the most famous is the famous Rosa Camuna (Camonica rose), which was used by the Lombardy Region as regional flag.
Another highlight of the cultural camuna are the castles, of which the best known are undoubtedly to Breno and those of Lozio and Cimbergo. Today they are mostly ruins but allow you to get an idea of the medieval fortifications that ran along the valley and of its strategic importance. The medieval and modern history of Vallecamonica and Brescia are closely linked and in fact suffer the Visconti occupation, French looting of Gaston de Foix and then enter both in the Serenissima.
The Great War
In the more southerly areas of the Camonica Valley, along what was once the border between Italy and Austria-Hungary is not rare to come across trenches dating from the years of the First World War or in the remains of the military presence of those years. The white war lasts, shockingly harsh, here was fought with fortifications and trenches that almost uninterruptedly until we can find in Val Sabbia. It was not a new war to a land that has always been used to being the boundary, indeed, to be a boundary, but the Great War, the first modern, here struck with even more toughness because of the harsh climate.
The Valle Camonica is very popular in winter for winter sports lovers, especially for its ski resorts. Resorts such as Temù and Ponte di Legno are sold out in the winter months.
Now that you have an overview of Camonica Valley offer you just have to try it!