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Assonautica harbour La Spezia

Right at the end of the Gulf

Bocca di Magra

Between the Apuan Alps and the river mouth

Castelnuovo Magra

Vermentino or Sciacchetrà?

La Spezia naval museum

A journey in the history of navigation

La Spezia: Gulf Palio

An historical competition

La Spezia: Porto Mirabello

Yachters are all equal

The road of love

The romantic coast of La Spezia, Riomaggiore


The harbor, surfing and... anchovies


The Cinque Terre national park

Fezzano harbour

The very west side of La Spezia Gulf


A village spontaneous... out of this world


Montale's hometown, in the Cinque Terre national park


Intact nature reserve

Pontremoli: Museum of the Stele Statues

What do we know of our prehistory?

Porto delle Grazie

And the tradition of ancient boats

Porto Venere

A treasure in the Gulf of La Spezia

Riomaggiore, Manarola e Monesteroli

Cinque Terre national park: turism, land and agriculture

San Terenzo: Villa Shelley

Back in time to the first '800


Mario Soldati's hometown, literature and trekking


Verso gli scavi archeologici della Villa romana

Porto Lotti

On the Gulf of La Spezia

Pontremoli: Museum of the Stele Statues

Log book

Syusy visits the Museum of the Stele Statues at Potremoli together with Angelo Diretti, the director of the museum and an archaeologist that deals with Prehistory of the Apennines. The museum has 80 menhirs that represent masculine and female anthropomorphic figures, found in Lunigiana and going back to even 5000 years ago.

These steles were entirely carved with stone tools, and it was only in some cases – for instance to separate the fingers of the hands – that flint blades with handles were used that made it possible to work on the sandstone from the Great Apennine Ridge and the ridge of the Magra and Vara valleys.

Similar finds have been made in Sardinia, Trentino and eastern Europe ... But what do they represent? Looking at the shape the most probable interpretation is that every stele represents a dagger with human semblances, the head being the hilt. A weapon stuck in the ground, a deterrent for passers-by and a warning to nearby communities, a symbol of power and economic status.

What do we know about these populations? Very little actually, we have some burials but no finds of settlements in the area ... It would be necessary to set aside some resources to deepen the researches, this museum is excellent, the fascination of the steles speaks for itself: it is worth investing resources in Prehistory!

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