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Riserva Regionale Valli di Sant'Antonio

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Surface Area: 198,72 ha
Provinces: BS
Establishment: 1983
  • Campovecchio Valley (photo by Elio Della Ferrera)
  • Adult eagle gliding (photo by Elio Della Ferrera)
  • Sant'Antonio Valley stream. Red elderberry in the foreground (photo by Elio Della Ferrera)

The twin valleys. Places made of water, stone and wood

Situated between Valtellina and the Camonica Valley, the Nature Reserve was founded in the early 1980s including the river areas of the streams Campovecchio Valley, Brandet Valley and Sant'Antonio Valley, an area which today is protected by the European Union as a Site of Community Importance. Those who climb the valleys are struck by two prevailing colors: the green of the slopes and the white of the streams whose rushing and foaming waters dig the rocks and quickly flow through the valley bottoms. Meadows and forests, alpine lakes and ridges, summits and gravel bars alternate and make the natural landscapes - which well integrate with the cultural ones - different. The barns and the mountain huts remind of the "Walser" dwellings, with the walls made of fir beams placed according to an interlocking system called "blockbau". Nevertheless, human history is not only told by dwellings: there are also the petroglyphs, the iron and copper mines and the melting furnaces. Breathing the identity of these places letting yourself be amazed by the summits overlooking the lakes, by the roar of the stream and by the scents of the forest, means making an inner journey discovering yourself and your own nature.

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