Spectacular caves in Italy

Spectacular caves in Italy

Here are some of the most beautiful underground and underwater caves that can be found at all corners of Italy.


The vast network of caves known as Frasassi grottos is the largest cave system in Europe. The largest cave, the Grotto del Vento is composed of seven chambers decorated with magnificent stalagmites and stalactites and other formations in a variety of colors.


Location: 60040 Genga Giovanni Marinelli, San Vittore,60040, Marche region

Nearby sights: Piazza del Popolo, Santuario Della Santa Casa, Palazzo Ducale

Nearby hotels: Albergo Urano, Hotel Adriatic&Beauty, Il Fienile di Assisi

Ear of Dionysius

Ear of DionysiusOriginally an old limestone quarry the cave was called the Ear of Dionysius by Caravaggio during his visit to Sicily in the early 1600s, because of its shape resembling an auricle and its acoustics amplifying even the faintest sounds.


Location: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse, Sicily

Nearby sights: Ortigia, Duomo di Siracusa, Greek Theater

Nearby hotels: Grand Hotel Villa Politi, B&B Tari, Hotel Sbarcadero

Blue Grotto

The Blue Grotto is one of Capri’s most visited sites, famous for its brilliant blue color luminescence. The sapphire light comes from the sunlight entering through two sources, a small hole precisely at the waterline and one directly below the waterline. The light is filtered by the water which absorbs the red tones, leaving only the azure ones to pass into the cave.


Location: Anacapri, Island of Capri

Nearby sights: Mount Solaro, Villa San Michele, Casa Axel Munthe

How to get there: By bus from Anacapri or by boat Marina Grande

Nearby hotels: Orsa Maggiore, Bougainville, Villa Eva

Grotta di IspinigoliGrotta di Ispinigoli

The Grotta di Ispinigoli is part of a karstic cave system which also includes the grotto of San Giovanni Su Anzu. The main peculiarity of the Grotta di Ispinigoli is an impressive stalactite-stalagmite column, the tallest in Europe and the second tallest in the world, measuring about 38 m in total.


Location: Dorgali, Sardinia, Italy

Nearby sights: Grotta del Bue Marino, Cala Cartoe, Serra Orrios

Nearby hotels: Agriturismo Gulunie, Hotel Villa Gustui Maris, Hotel Pop

Grotta di Nereo

The Grotta di Nereo is the largest underwater cave in the Mediterranean. It is located on the north-west side of Sardinia, at a few kilometers of Alghero, beneath Capo Caccia. Because the cave is so vast with many openings and two main entrances, the honor of its discovery is disputed between several divers who discovered the cave separately in 1957.


Location: Localita Capo Galera, 07041, Alghero, Sardinia

Nearby sights: Nuraghe di Palmavera, Torre del Portal Alghero, Cattedrale di Santa Maria

Nearby hotels: Alma di Alghero Hotel, Sa Cheya Relais, Hotel Domomea

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