Fiavè Palafitte Museum, a dive into the bronze age

Have you ever wondered what life in Trento province could have been like in times of more primitive men? Fiavè Palafitte Museum is a precious gem in the panorama of the Alps. This small but well-designed museum, about prehistoric life along the banks of the ancient Carera Lake, will amaze and enchant you. Thanks to a wonderful model, you will also relive the life of an ancient pile-dwelling village.

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Exactly on a piece of this beautiful plateau, a small mirror of glacial water was the ideal place for the prehistoric lives of our distant ancestors to thrive, a few thousand years ago. From the 7th millennium BC, can you imagine the construction of a small pile-dwelling village of houses built above, near, and around the lake? The site of the stilts and its beautiful attached museum are something not to be missed for those who want to travel in time.

A bit of history…

Until the sixties of the last century, the locals used to exploit the fields in the area of ​​the pile dwellings of these ancient villages, as they are rich in peat. It’s a particularly rich substrate for plant nurseries or as fuel. From time to time, strange poles and well-

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preserved stone and ceramic objects emerged from the bog. These were ancient objects left or accidentally dropped when an ancient village of primitive men lived right there. Over the course of a long time, the precious work of archaeologists has led to an exceptional heritage that could only be exhibited in a gem like the Fiavè Palafitte Museum.

These “primitive” men were not so primitive, as seen by the refinement of their tools, furnishings and

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ornamental objects. They raised livestock, cultivated dinkel wheat and rye, and built refined tools such as yokes to pair the oxen that plowed the fields. The originals of these yokes are on display at the museum. Do you think you know where “carne salada” (salted meat) was born? It’s a typical delicacy of these areas, and fans of the dish still don’t know. However, they already knew perfectly well how to preserve meat by smoking and salting at the time of the village on this extinct lake. You will be amazed by the

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refinement of clothes, gold and bronze jewelry and ornamental amber objects of probable Baltic origin. There are cups and crockery of exquisite workmanship, kitchen utensils such as ladles and trays, and work tools such as buckets, clubs, sickles, axes and plow handles.

A heartfelt thanks for the images in the gallery kindly provided by the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage of the Autonomous Province of Trento.

Tips and Tricks

Once your visit to the Fiavè Palafitte Museum is completed, our advice is to go to the site of the stilts. It’s a few minutes by car and you will find

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yourself in the Fiavè Palafitte Museum in something that until a few months ago could have only been imagined. Along an elevated walkway over the water pools, there’s a distant memory of the ancient lake. Now, a reconstruction of the ancient prehistoric village has been built. Soon, it can be visited on a path. With this last piece, it becomes particularly rich and certainly among the most beautiful in the entire Alpine arc.

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Quick info Museum of the Palafitte of Fiavè

From 20 June to 10 September from Tuesday to Sunday 10-13 / 14-18

From 11 September to 31 October Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 2-6 pm


Request the card immediately at the time of check-in to enter FOR FREE in MANY MUSEUMS, CASTLES and ATTRACTIONS IN TRENTO PROVINCE


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Manager di Ostello Città di Rovereto e da sempre appassionato delle Cose Belle di Rovereto e del Trentino Alto Adige. Amo escursioni in famiglia e, più impegnative, con amici in alta montagna. Scrivimi e avrai consigli, suggerimenti e proposte interessanti!

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