Grotte di Castelcivita

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Grotte di Castelcivita
4.5
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10 106 contributions
Deep, spectacular cave, walkable by normal travelers for about 3 Kms in length
Aug 2020
Among the two main caves that open up (from two opposite sides) on the walls of the mighty Mount Alburno massif, namely the Grotta di Pertosa and that of Castelcivita, the first is best known and visited (about 100,000 visitors a year in 2017, against about 60,000 in Castelcivita), because it's easier to reach it by road, and perhaps also because the artificial lake produced by the small hydroelectric dam makes Pertosa even more picturesque.
Yet the Castelcivita cave is on the whole more extensive and therefore more interesting. It sinks into the mountain for about 3000 mts that can be traveled normally (I mean: without being speleologists), so it requires an overall double way route of approx. 6000 mts in the bowels of the earth.
Actually, of these 3000 mts only 1200 are intended for tourists in all time: the next 1800 ones are open to visits only from June to October, and the visit takes place in particular conditions: on a natural ground (instead of on embankments, walkways and stairs such as the first part); and without fixed lighting (the light is provided by individual headlamps). So I guess it must be very romantic (but also disturbing) to see the darkness that as you walk dissolves in front of you and closes behind you. The path ends at a perennial lake, beyond which only speleologists can proceed, immersing themselves in a siphon.
I say that I "imagine" the further path, because I only bought the route for the first part. However, even in this first part the guide's narrative is dramatic. For example, he relates that for the first time in 1899 two young brothers from Controne (the nearest village) attempted to explore the cave. Thus they came to the place that today is denoted by a panel as "carbon dioxide sinks". In fact here the ground shows large holes from which in the past (I don't know now) this gas, incompatible with life, came out. The gas extinguished the brothers' torche, therefore it immobilized them in the dark and in such mephitic atmosphere. The brothers were found after eight days, but for them it was too late: according to what the guide told us, one died during the rescue and the other had suffered brain injuries from which he never recovered.
Later I read that in 1973, during an exploration beyond the siphon, three professional speleologists died in the cave. It is therefore a cave to be treated with respect and fear.
It was not possible, but it would have been my wish to walk the next part of the cave as well. But even in the initial part there are many spectacular concretions to appreciate.
Written 7 October 2020
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hfelisa
7 contributions
Amazing tour
Oct 2019 • Family
My family and I had a great time at the cave. We joined the tourist tour and had an amazing time! The cave is very beautiful and the tour is easy, so it's no problem to bring children. As I'm only speaking a little Italian, I unfortunately couldn't understand everything our guide was telling us, but he always made sure to explain it to me afterwards. Also there's an audioguide available, which you can download before entering the cave. This is probably the best cave-tour I have ever had, so I really recommend this trip. I can also recommend the restaurant by the entrance, it has delicious homemade pasta!
Written 6 October 2019
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John silk
4 contributions
Excellent caverns in a mountainous setting
Jul 2019
The Grotte di Castelcivita is an interesting cave system near Paestum and Agropoli. There is parking near the entrance but the site is somewhat remote. That means fewer visitors and smaller groups so the experience is more intimate. We took the basic tour which was a bit over an hour and not at all strenuous. The formations are very good and the lighting is appropriate, not OTT. The cave was inhabited in prehistoric times by cave people so that adds some interest. Unfortunately they didn't leave any art like the more creative types at Lascaux in France, just some artefacts.
The countryside around the caverns is rugged and beautiful and well worth a drive. There are interesting hill towns
and winding roads so if you have a car its worth making a visit to the caves part of a days exploring in the country.
Written 3 September 2019
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Ali L
Ylojarvi, Finland63 contributions
Worth a visit
Jul 2019 • Family
Spectacular cave. Historical site. Be sure to visit the nice little city of Castelcivita on the same trip.
Written 11 July 2019
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Christoph G
Leipzig56 contributions
Beautiful Grotto
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is especially nice on a hot day! 18 degrees all year round. So do bring a light jacket when you go in summer. The normal tour is around an hour, you can also book the more advanced tour (3-4 hours) with headlights and proper shoes.
Written 8 July 2019
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PeteSanL
San Lucido, Italy24 contributions
Mesmerising
Jun 2019 • Couples
Had a two day break, Paestum, Herculaneum then here. By far the best of the three. The guide was enthusiastic and well informed, the formations were incredible and the lighting within just right. We will be back with 6 others for the extended tour.
Written 23 June 2019
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Wilkies from Wales
6 contributions
Incredible and beautifully lit underground formations
Apr 2019 • Family
Incredible and beautifully lit underground formations easily accessed with path and handrails inside this enormous cavern.

Our two children 9 and 11 were captivated for the entire 1 hour tour (tourist trail) which takes you through various chambers and past many weird and wonderful formations a total of 1km inside the vast 7.4 km system.

The tour is guide led at scheduled times through the day so check the website for timings beforehand.

There is a longer (semi-professional trail) which must be booked ahead and with limited access during the summer months.

We would definitely recommend the journey to Castelcivita to visit the Grotte.

Written 12 April 2019
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kerry A
Bognor Regis, UK140 contributions
A must do! Loved the peace and quiet.
Sep 2018 • Couples
The best caves we have visited. Entrance is 10 Euro plus 2 Euro for parking and another 2 Euro for an audio guide. There were only 6 in our group and we were all spellbound from the start. The tourist trip takes an hour and you can do a longer trip in bigger groups by booking in advance which I wish we had done. There are some bats inside so be aware if you have a phobia but they don’t bother you. Nice cafe at entrance as well. Lovely drive from amalfi coast and very peaceful. Actually the highlight of our visit over Herculaneum etc.
Written 17 September 2018
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QuebecLovebirds
Montreal, Canada275 contributions
Cool (interesting) and Cool (not hot)!
Sep 2018 • Couples
This was a very interesting visit. The cave is very long; the tourist tour takes about an hour as there are various « rooms » to see, and different types of stalactites and stalagmites formations.

The tour guide speaks only italian, so make sure to rent an audioguide (2 euros) if you don’t speak the language. It is quite informative although it is not always clear where to look (as they often say « to the left -or to the right- of the tour guide...)

Finally, I would have liked for a few more minutes in each room to allow us to properly look and appreciate. As it is now, as soon as the guide finishes talking, we have to -almost- run to the next area.

You may want to bring a light sweater (18 degC) and wear proper shoes (as it can be slippery at times).
Written 13 September 2018
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KatieM
Washington DC, DC4 contributions
Hour tour a pleasant surprise!
Jul 2018
Wish we could have done the longer one! Beautiful formations and not super touristy and commercial. They have audio tours in different languages and so we tagged along behind the Italians and were perfectly happy. :)
Written 28 July 2018
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