Località Valsorda, Via Val del Progno (rise "salita Molina") - 37022 Fumane (VR)
Tel. 045 7701920
Web site http://www.grottadifumane.it
The archaeological investigations have demonstrated that the Fumane cave was occasionally occupied during middle and upper Palaeolithic, between 100.000 and 32.000 years ago. The area conserves the remains of a reiterated use of the cave, which are documented by about 20 layers containing stone artefacts, bones, shells, traces of fireplaces, living areas and some decorations in red ochre.
History of research
The Fumane cave was discovered by Giovanni Solinas in 1964, during the renovation of the road Fumane-Breonio. Some preliminary researches were conducted in that same year by the archaeologists Mezzena and Pasa who brought to light the middle-lower deposits of the site along the big section that was opened to extend the old public road Fumane-Molina. After the stratigraphic check that was carried out in 1982-1983, since 1988 systematic excavations have been carried out by the General Direction for Archaeological Heritage in the Veneto region in collaboration with the universities of Ferrara and Milano and with the Special General Direction for Prehistory and Ethnology of the Museum L. Pigorini in Rome. These excavations have allowed to identify the middle and upper deposits at the site, with their Aurignacian artifacts, and to suppose the existence and excavate the complex of inner galleries which had been blocked by a landslide.
Middle and upper Paleolithic: 100.000-10.000 before present
Admission: Su prenotazione; Visitability: Interno; Ticket: Si; Price: Groups of less than 10 people : 60,00 euro Groups between 10 and 24 people : 6,00 euro per person Groups of over 25 people : 5,00 euro per person;
School access Upon reservation
Opening Times

Recommended tour time (minutes): 60
Services for visitors
Restaurant in front of the parking place
Educational Services
Information boards
Guided Tours
Guided tours by the association "Consorzio Pro Loco Valpolicella" (tel. - fax 045 7701920)
Educational activities
Teaching activities by the association "Consorzio Pro Loco Valpolicella" (tel. - fax 045 7701920)
Library and documentation centre