Saturday 20 June 2009
The western Ligurian Riviera is one of the richest areas in Italy in pre-historic finds dating back to the Upper Palaeolithic period, from 30000-35000 up to about 10000 years ago. Home erectus found refuge in the natural caves of Balzi Rossi that overlook the sea. Stone utensils belonging to the so called 'Cro-Magnon race' where brought to light by French and Italian archeologists and are kept today in glass display cases at the National Prehistoric Museum. The museum complex also exhibits fossils of elephants, rhinoceroses, marmots, reindeer etc. that bear witness to the climatic changes that have taken place during the various geologic eras.
Balzi Rossi Museum Ventimiglia - Tel.: 0039-0184 38113 Opening hours: every day from 08:30am to 07:30pm. Closed on Mondays. www.archeoge.arti.beniculturali.it