The Grotta Gigante is an enormous cave, first opened to the public in 1908, large enough to contain the entire basilica of ... More
The Grotta Gigante is an enormous cave, first opened to the public in 1908, large enough to contain the entire basilica of Saint Peter. Because of its special characteristics and constant temperature of 12°C, it is the site of scientific experiments of world interest. The oldest speleological society in Europe runs the caves and organizes guided tours all year round. A series of routes, some of which have only been opened recently, allow visitors to admire the cave (illuminated by spotlights) from different angles. You can also visit the small museum of archeological and paleontological materials from the area. Check website for timings and details.
I really liked the facts and history of the cave, its huge, amazing, breath taking. People in our group came from all over to see this cave, the tour guide spoke in Italian, English and German. It says no pictures but depending on your guide you may be able to, or stick to the back and you might be able to get a few shots. Cold, bring a jacket, even in the summer. Lots of walking, not good for elderly, very young children, or those with any problems or discomfort with walking for about 45 mins. LOTS OF STAIRS.
The Grotta Gigante, combined with the wonderful ride on the Tram di Opicina (plus bus #42) was a great way to see a unique Italian sight without crowds. It was an active adventure with the 500 steps down, crossing the floor of the cave and the 500 steps up! The guide said he could only speak Italian and played an English tape at strategic points in the tour so we knew for sure what we were seeing. The guide was able to answer fairly technical questions about the cave in English but only when asked specifically. The cave was spectacular and well worth the better part of the afternoon it took for us to see it.
This cave is so enormous, that you have to take 500 steps to get down to the bottom. Of course, then at the end of the tour, you have to climb back 500 steps, too. The inside is big enough to hold the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. When you are at the top of the cave, you feel like you are standing on the top of a skyscraper looking down. My kids still talk about it after 2 years. I definitely recommend it.
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