A day as palaeontologists: a fossiliferous deposit contained among steep and coloured rocky walls

Hidden among the Ceriale hills, a fossiliferous deposit contained among steep and coloured rocky walls

In 1985 the Rio Torsero Regional Reserve was founded to protect this real layer of fossils that attracts researchers, enthusiasts and families that want to learn, having a good time among woods, brooks and medieval villages.

The Rio Torsero stream hewed out its bed through the rocks of the Ortovero Clay Formation, revealing one of the richest and most important fossil deposits in Liguria. The fame of the deposit is linked above all to the fossil shells of marine molluscs, numerous and well preserved, attributed to the Lower Pliocene (from 5.3 to 3.6 million years ago).

There are plenty of corals, colonies of bryozoa, otoliths of fishes, remains of echinoderms and shellfish. The Rio Torsero Regional Reserve and the Silvio Lai paleontological museum offer excursions, guided visits, and tourist and teaching services for schools and enthusiasts to discover together a place out of the ordinary.