19 – 24 September 2019
Valcamonica and Bergamo


The Valcamonica (valley) in northern Italy is orientated north-south and formed part of an essential communication and economic root between the fertile planes around Bergamo and Milan, and the mountain communities of Southern Tyrol. This communication link was set up in later prehistory but is probably much earlier. Evidence of settlement within this and other valleys is witnessed through the extensive figurative rock art assemblage which is incidentally the largest in Europe.  Come and join Dr George Nash who will take you in a journey that spans at least 4000 years, from the Neolithic to the Roman period and byond.  Although the focus will be on later prehistory open air rock art, our journey will also delve into the rich Roman, Etruscan and medieval heritage that the valley has left behind.


Other Details



1 night in Bergamo, NH Bergamo Hotel****

3 nights in Capo di Ponte, Hotel Graffitipark

1 night again in Bergamo, NH Bergamo Hotel****

Bed and Breakfast tariff in twin-share room with private facilities and breakfast. You also get 3 evening meals included in the Graffitipark Hotel.  (Extra nights for the tour can be organised).


Course Cost

£777 inclusive of tuition, airport transfers (airport transfers are only available for nominated Ryanair flight to Bergamo), transfer Bergamo to Capo di Ponte, day visit to Bolzano and return to Bergamo, accommodation with private facilities and breakfast, and 3 evening meals in Capo di Ponte.


Single Room Supplement




There are no scheduled direct flight to Bergamo, the most convenient airport for this tour, with traditional airlines. We recommend that you book yourself onto the low cost Ryanair flights that service Bergamo 4 times a day. Once the tour is viable I will communicate the times to book.

Note: As a tour operator I cannot book our groups onto low cost flights, but should you need help with making the booking please contact me.


Local Transport

Airport transfers (if booked on the nominated flight), transfer Bergamo to Capo di Ponte and day visit to Bolzano and return to Bergamo by private minibus.


Group Size




Professor George Nash is a specialist in contemporary and prehistoric art and is currently within the Quaternary and Prehistory department at IPT (Tomar), Portugal, where he is an Associate Professor. Over the past 30 years George has undertaken a number of field projects around the world including Chile, Israel, Norway and Sardinia, resulting in the publication of many papers and books.  George is currently involved in the research and conservation of cave sites in South Wales and has recently published a co-edited book on South American rock art (May 2018).



Related OU Courses

General interest, Prehistory



Itinerary / Study Programme


Day 1, Thursday 19 September 2019

A day in Bergamo looking at the medieval form of the Citadel.


Day 2, Friday 20 September 2019

Capo di Ponte Looking at the Roman amphitheatre and temple sites


Day 3, Saturday 21 September 2019

Morning: Visit to the WHO site of Naquane; Afternoon: Paspardo (night-time photography session)


Day 4, Sunday 22 September 2019

Rock art on the western side of the Valcamonica and a visit to the world famous Bedolina Map


Day 5, Monday 23 September 2019

Day visit to see the Ice Man in Bolzano and transfer to Bergamo


Day 6, Tuesday 24 September 2019

Free morning in Bergamo before flying back home (depending on flight times).


This itinerary and study programme is provisional and may be subject to change in response to local conditions