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Have a close encounter with the first inhabitants of the Alps

The association of archaeologists "Tramedistoria" is to stage 3 events of experimental archaeology at Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti, on the top of Mount Lagazuoi.

Free attendance!

Sunday 4th March -"Musical instruments and sounds of prehistory". A guided tour of the exhibition "Ötzi & Valmo. When prehistoric man walked the Alps" accompanied by the sounds of prehistoric instruments. From 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 Sunday 11th March – "Flint knapping on the Lagazuoi". A practical demonstration at Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti that shows the use of this prehistorical tool. From 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 Sunday, 18th March – "Let's go up to the pastures". We retrace the footsteps of the first shepherds of  the Alps and discover the history of mountain pasture. From 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


An extraordinary archaeological exhibition to inaugurate the brand new  Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti complex on the summit of  Mount Lagazuoi at an altitude of 2778 m.
One of the highest exhibition halls in the world.

Cortina d'Ampezzo, 8th January 2018_ From 10th January to 2nd April 2018 you will be able to see for the first time in the same place the region's two most significant archaeological finds - the first inhabitants of the Alps: Similaun Man and Mondeval Man, providing a rare glimpse of the life of  prehistoric man in the high mountain regions after the last great glacial era, in the exhibition titled  ÖTZI & VALMO – When prehistoric man walked the Alps.

The first temporary exhibition is to housed at the new exhibition hall,
Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti, an exceptional location at an altitude of 2778 m. a.s.l., which is opening its doors to the public for the first time on Wednesday 10th January 2018. The site has four exhibition rooms arranged on three floors at the summit of Mount Lagazuoi, close to the historical mountain refuge of the same name, with a breathtaking view of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The official inauguration of this extraordinary exhibition hall will be on 2nd  February 2018.
The exhibition will be a kind of trailer, a glimpse of the 2700 years separating these two men: Ötzi, the Iceman, who lived 5,300 years ago and whose body was discovered on the Similaun glacier (Val Senales) at an altitude of 3200 m. a.s.l., 85 km. as the crow flies from Mount Lagazuoi, yielding a wealth of unique objects and priceless information about the Copper Age;Valmo, Mondeval Man, who was buried 8000 years ago in the vicinity of Passo Giau, at an altitude of 2,150 metres, 8 km. as the crow flies from Mount Lagazuoi, and whose burial place is a unique and priceless find that reveals much about the life of Neolithic hunters in the Dolomites – and bears testimony to the climate changes that paved the way for their colonisation of the Alps, changing their way of life.

Valmo used the flint and Ötzi also had access to copper. Valmo and Ötzi  had to face the cold climate of the high mountains and find food. The exhibition shows how they honed techniques and knowledge that were of fundamental importance for life at high altitudes, a heritage of experiences handed down through the 75 generations separating the two men.

  • Opening hours: every day from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm form 10th January to 2nd April
  • Ticket price
    Adults: 5 EURO
    Reduced (children aged from 6 to 14): 3 euro


The exhibition is staged in collaboration with the “Vittorino Cazzetta“ Museum at Selva di Cadore (BL), Associazione  Tramedistoria, the University of Ferrara, the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann (Germany), GEO Magazine, the Archaeological Museum of Bolzano and the  Associazione  Amici del Museo di Selva di Cadore, 3Des.

Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti
Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti is a brand new exhibition site for cultural events and conferences in the heart of the Dolomites, on the summit of Mount Lagazuoi, at Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti consists of 4 rooms on 3 floors, a lobby, a coffee and terrace bar, with access for the disabled to the cable car at the Falzarego Pass and around the building.
After this exhibition, Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti will be available for special exhibitions, photographic exhibitions, exhibitions of past and contemporary art and of history and prehistory.

Information about the exhibition and about the exhibition rooms and conference halls:


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