The wonderful Frasassi Caves - Italy's greatest caverns and among the largest in Europe - are undoubtedly an attraction you should definitely visit while in Le Marche! Find out why!
A visit to the wonderful Frasassi Caves is one of those things that you should really do at least once in your life...They will leave you speechless!
Furthermore, if you have rented or are planning to rent one of Marcheholiday's villas or apartments with pool for your holiday, take our advice and plan now your visit of these spectacular caves - the number 1 attraction of Le Marche!
Le grotte di Frasassi (their Italian name) are Italy's greatest caverns and among the largest in Europe, they are located in the municipality of Genga, 50 km south-west of Ancona. So, no matter where exactly in Le Marche you are staying, the caves, are located in the central part of the region and are easily accessible from all directions.
Do you know that the Frasassi Caves have a quite recent history? Yes, this immense karst cave system was only discovered in 1971...We can hardly imagine the excitement of the explorers by discovering such an immense underground treasure!
THE IMPRESSIVE CAVES
An impressive array of stalactites and stalagmites spread along 1500 metres of accessible caverns...they are so big that they could contain the whole Duomo di Milano inside! Since 1974 this wonderful natural show has been opened to visitors, and today you can easily book a guided tour and admire the enchanting natural limestone sculptures created by the combined effect of water and rock in over 190 million years: chambers, water pools, stalactites and stalagmites...
These masterpieces of nature have been given curious nicknames by speleologists, due to their particular shape: the Giants, the Camel, Madonnina, the Witches Castle, and many more! Moreover, the impressive caves along the path are enhanced with various light effects en route...for a dreamlike experience! If you like adventures and you are interested in exploring the caves and a deeper and far more remembering way, do not miss the two speleo-adventure trails: the blue path and the red path, appropriate for people over 12 years of age. Dare, if not now, when?
IN THE SURROUNDINGS
If you rent your holiday home in the region around the Frasassi Caves, you will appreciate the tranquillity and privacy of this beautiful location, characterized by peaceful and quiet hill villages as well as by the attractive scenery of the Gola della Rossa and Frasassi Regional Park which is absolutely worth exploring as well. Moreover, very near the caves and within the same Natural Park Gola della Rossa there is an adventure park with canopies, suspense and Tibetian bridges over the river and the Frasassi Gorge, so if you come to visit the cave, do not go back without experiencing some adrenaline and highly intensive emotions. We especially suggest you follow the road towards Genga to visit the Temple of Valadier and the Sanctuary of Santa Maria Infrasaxa, situated in a hillside cave...a truly scenic location!
Moreover, don't miss a visit to the tiny and picturesque medieval village of Genga, with its defensive walls and imposing castle perched on a hill overlooking the valley and the countryside of Marche. So, enjoy a relaxing walk down the streets and admire the medieval houses built right into the limestone...you'll seem to go back in time!
SOME GOOD TIPS
You can easily reach the Frasassi Caves by car or train. If you arrive by car, follow the signs to the large parking lot and ticket office. By train, get off at Genga station and from there it's a short walk to the ticket office and shuttle bus area. From here, a shuttle takes visitors to the cave entrance (and returns after the tour). The caves can be visited by guided tours only and you must buy tickets at the ticket office at least 30 minutes before the tour. Remember that tickets cannot be bought at the cave entrance! So, you are definitely ready for your thrilling adventure...have a nice trip to the magical Frasassi Caves!
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