The Fossil Forest of Dunarobba

It is the oldest wood ever existed and possible to visit: the fossil forest of Dunarobba is dated between 3 and 2 million years ago, in the period known as Pleistocene.

The first studies ever carried out on fossil wood were promoted by Federico Cesi il Linceo when, in 1620, he urged his friend and colleague Francesco Stelluti to study what at the time were called “metallophites” because of their hardness almost like metal. In 1637 the “newly discovered treatise on fossil wood” was published by the Accademia dei Lincei and written by Francesco Stelluti.

The forest remained almost unknown until the second half of the twentieth century, when it was discovered, studied and re-evaluated.
Today it is possible to visit it at the Dunarobba site.