Italy has unique underground and underwater caves that attract athletes as well as tourists.
The caves you can visit as a tourist are diverse and fascinating. We highlight four of these below.
1. Frasassi Caves, Le Marche
The largest of its kind in Europe, the Frasassi cave system has an underground network that takes hours to see and explore.
A chapel called the Tempietto del Valadier built in 1828 sits at the entrance of the main cave of the network. From there you have a view of the surrounding landscape and scenery in the area. You'll be delighted by the vast range of colorful stalagmites and stalactites, a unique feature of this cave system.
2. Ear of Dionysius, Sicily
This limestone cave was carved out of the Temenites Hill in Sicily as a water storage point for the ancient city of Syracuse during the Greek and Roman periods. It was christened Ear of Dionysius during the 1600s by the artist Caravaggio because of its earlike shape or possibly because of its extremely good acoustics that amplify even the faintest sounds and create echoes. The cave is quite high at 25 yards and its length into the mountain is approximately 71 yards.
3. Blue Grotto, Capri
While not the largest cave system in Italy, it’s perhaps the most famous. It’s certainly the most visited sight in Capri, particularly during the European summer.
The sapphire glow the cave is celebrated for is a result of sunlight that enters through two different points. One entrance point is via an underground cavity and the other via the sea and this filters the light entering the cave. Its entrance is small at 1.9 yards high and 2.1 yards wide. This can make it tricky to enter—you need to lie down on your back on a small rowboat just to get inside. If the tides are high on a given day, determined at 9am each morning, then there is no chance of accessing the cave. Note: The Emerald Cave off the Amalfi Coast is a smaller, less trafficked version of the Blue Grotto that features singing oarsmen.
4. Grotta di Ispinigoli, Sardinia
The Grotta di Ispinigoli is a cave system in Sardinia that was formed from limestone, dolomites and gypsum. It's connected via a seven-mile network of caves to another cave system on the island called San Giovanni Su Anzu. It has the tallest stalactite-stalagmite column in Europe at 41 yards, which is also the second tallest in the world.
Human bones and jewelry dating back to the Bronze Age were found in this cave, suggesting that people actually lived inside it.
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