The territory

The north-eastern sector of the Bergamo Province is a privileged observatory to analyse, starting from communication routes, the dynamics linking territories with different characteristics and economic potential.

The existence, to the north, of important mining areas (such as Val Grigna, Alta Valcamonica, Valle di Scalve, Alta Valle Seriana and Val Parina), the morphology characterised by mountains and lakes and, at the same time, the easy access to the plains have, over the millennia, conditioned human settlements and routes which, thanks to this connecting function, have played a central role over time.

A hinge territory, therefore, which still bears the more or less visible signs of this important history.

The PAD Network – Percorsi archeologici diffusi (Widespread Archaeological Routes) intends to emphasise this particular aspect, proposing a reading of the territory through archaeological, architectural and artistic evidence, toponymy memory and road routes.

Particular emphasis is placed on the archaeological aspect, which has yielded a great deal of data in recent years, also in the form of the return of its oldest history to the public. The prehistoric settlement of Lovere attests to the importance of its location from the earliest times; the Neolithic highland site of Rogno – Coren Pagà and the Bronze Age site of Casazza – Prato della Pieve represent places of control of the routes; the Iron Age settlements of Parre and Madonna della Torre di Sovere and the Roman settlements of Casazza and Madonna della Torre di Sovere indicate the presence of roadways; the villas of Predore, Marone, Clusane and the rich necropolis of Lovere highlight the fundamental role of these localities in Roman times.

The Galleria dell’Accademia Tadini, with its collection formed in the transition between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, documents the first approach to archaeology, the one aimed at the discovery of works of art to be valued for their aesthetic quality; the Cavellas Museum and its archaeological area, the Antiquarium and the archaeological area of Parra, but also the sites of Madonna della Torre in Sovere document instead a modern approach to the territory, which is not satisfied with the excavation finds but wants to return an experience of identity.  All of this tells of the importance of this area and the routes through it since ancient times.

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