The route crosses for the most the territory of the In the Woods of the Trees of Bread Ecomuseum, which is spread among the municipalities of Capo di Ponte, Paspardo, Cimbergo and Ceto, an area mostly known for the UNESCO Site n. 94 “Rock Drawings of Valle Camonica” and characterized by the presence of fascinating chestnut groves.
This huge area, plunged in century-old chestnut groves, is also the site of Consorzio della Castagna (Chestnut Cooperative) of Valle Camonica which, taking particular actions to enhance the chestnut (tree of bread) cultivation and the development of opportunities related to it, has made for the promotion of this fruit so important and still present in the historical tradition and local cuisine.
The itinerary, which unfolds along the slopes of Mt. Pizzo Badile, through an ancient route linking the towns of Capo di Ponte and Paspardo, crosses several historic centres and interesting cultural sites where one can discover the rock engravings and during which one can also participate in the numerous autumn initiatives related to the chestnut.
Starting from the infopoint in the Municipality of Capo di Ponte, an excellent junction point with a broad parking lot, you can get to the train station and from there to the church of the Saints Faustina and Liberata where you can choose whether to go to the Monastery of St. Salvatore, an interesting example of Lombard Romanesque, or go directly towards the Deria area, where the route climbs up among century-old chestnut groves.
The route takes you directly to the Castagnolo, a tourist farmhouse that mostly promotes the use of chestnuts, where you can taste the typical products of the territory.
Crossing the modern road that links Capo di Ponte to Paspardo, proceeding along the old linking road between the two towns, you arrive in the area of Piazzale Marcolini, at the site of Consorzio della Castagna (Chestnut Cooperative) of Valle Camonica established in the spring of 1996 with the intent to activate and promote the chestnut trees of the Valley, taking care of the harvesting and transformation of the chestnut, as well as its marketing through the creation of numerous sub-products derived from the chestnut flour (“schelt”), such as sweets, pasta, distillates and beer, which can be bought in situ at the Flavours of Valle Camonica shop.
You can also visit the Centre for Recovery of Adamello Park Wild Animals where it is possible to have exciting encounters with some of the species existing in the Alps (animals no longer fit to be released in nature).
Going over the town of Paspardo you can't but be charmed by the impressive Mt. Pizzo Badile Camuno or the majestic Mt. Concarena and proceeding toward Cimbergo also worth your attention is the Castle, presenting some charming ruins which, in its original position, could rule over the whole of Mid Valle Camonica.
After the town of Cimbergo and continuing on the route toward the valley bottom, you arrive at a detour, in the area of “events zone”, which leads to the Rock Engravings Regional Reserve of Ceto Cimbergo Paspardo.
This park, enriched by the presence of the Reserve Guestrooms, was established in 1983 with the aim to promote a vast area rich with engraved rocks belonging from the prehistoric to the medieval times and also a very important archaeological, geo-morphological, ethnographic and botanic property.
From here it is possible to keep walking among engraved rocks and, keeping left, to arrive at the ancient town of Nadro, the site of the Educational Museum of the Rock Engravings Natural Reserve of Ceto, Cimbergo and Paspardo and of a prehistoric Village rebuilt inside the Reserve, or go down, taking the path to the right, to the Naquane Rock Engravings National Archaeological Park and to visit the 17th century church of the Saints Faustina and Liberata, famous for the presence of a boulder with six engraved hands which, according to tradition, could belong to the two Saints and to St. Marcello.
Shortly you can go back to the town of Capo di Ponte.