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The shepherds’ writings

Tesero, Panchià
Category
Difficulty
Easy
Duration
1:25
in hours
Distance
4
in km
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Short and interesting tour to discover the ancient rock writings of the shepherds of the Val di Fiemme.
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.
Further information and useful links

APT Val di Fiemme - Tel. +39 0462 241111 - info@visitfiemme.it - www.visitfiemme.it  

Route data
Easy
Distance
4,0 km
Duration
1 h 25 min
Ascent
225 m
Decent
225 m
Technical skills
Physical condition
Scenary
Highest point
1.373 m
Lowest point
1.149 m
Suggestions
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.
Safety guidelines

THE 10 RULES FOR HIKERS 

  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.

Starting point
Tesero
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.
How to get 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.
Where to park
In the small square on the left side of the road.
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