Have you ever thought about an alternative journey? With 52 tourist caves you can get to know underground Italy and its incredible natural treasures.
10. Bus di Tacoi
9. The Wind Cave
8. Mangiapane Cave
7. Bossea Caves
6. Su Marmuri Cave
5. Toirano Caves
One of the major attractions of Liguria is a complex system of natural caves, two of which are connected to each other by an artificial path. The first, the Basura Cave, is also home to important archaeological finds such as the skeletons of Ursus Spelaeus and the footprints of homo sapiens. The cave of Santa Lucia Inferiore, on the other hand, offers unique sceneries thanks to aragonite crystals and calcite flowers. In both sites there are also waterfalls, lakes and concretions that sometimes reach 8 meters in height.
Some of the rooms of the complex are also used as original sets for theatrical performances.
4. Pertosa-Auletta Caves
In addition to the beauty of its rocky walls and the play of light created ad hoc, these caves also boast two records. They are the only caves in Italy crossed by a river, the Negro. The first part of the visit takes place on small boats ruled by boatmen with the help of ropes rather than oars.
In addition to this, the caves guard the remains of a village of stilts dating back to 4000 years ago.
They are located in Campania, in the Cilento Park.
3. Castellana Caves
Part of this awesome complex is the cave which is considered the brightest in the world: it is the White Cave, whose walls are covered with glittering alabaster. But this is not the only wonder that this jewel of Puglia offers. There are two itineraries to choose from, the shorter one is about 1 km long, and the other, the longer, reaches 3 km. In both cases, visitors are accompanied by crystals, stones shaped by water to form soft spirals and beautifully shaped concretions wich stimulates imagination.
Thanks to their uniqueness and beauty, these caves have been chosen several times as film sets and even today at certain times of the year you can attend a multimedia representation of Dante's Inferno.
2. Giant Cave
The Giant Cave is located in Friuli Venezia Giulia, not very far from Trieste.
1. Frasassi Caves
Probably this site located in the Marche is the best known among the caves of Italy. The dimensions are truly grandiose, along the 13 km of path there is, for example, the Ancona Abyss, a huge room of 180 meters in length and 200 in height. Among the best attractions is the Niagara, a petrified waterfall of dazzling white calcite, or the crystallized lake, a small pond with the surface entirely covered with white crystals. Of course, there are countless canyons or systems of stalactites and stalagmites with the most unusual and imaginative shapes.
In addition to admiring the countless wonders of nature, in the Frasassi caves you can also try two slightly more challenging adventure trails in the company of expert cave guides.