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When you are visiting the middle of Italia (Marche or Umbria), you should not miss to visit these fantastic grottoes! Grotte di Frasassi are said to be the biggest limestone cave complex in Italy and most probably of Europe. It was only discovered “recently”, 1975, and is still being investigated by speleologists. Only 13 km are explored by now, but the specialists believe that the cave stretches out almost 35 km!!
The caves can be visited only with guided tours, and depending on the physical fitness and interest three different tours are offered: the easy 75 minutes and 1,5 km long tourist route, the 2,5 hours “blue” advanced route and the 4 hours “red” adventurous route with full speleologic equipment (helmet, lamps and rope). I desperately wanted to book the blue tour but it was not possible, as both blue and red tours are only offered when they have enough bookings. So if you are interested in ne of these extended ones, email them to find out when they will be scheduled and plan your trip around this date.
But on the other hand, the normal tourist route gives already a fantastic insight to the caves. It starts in the huge Grotta Grande del Vento, which is so big (180 x 120 m and 200 m high), that the cathedrals of Milano or Cologne can easily be fit in there. To be in this cave is a bit of illusion and perception – the distances and measures are much bigger than one thinks. We were all amazed when our guide told us how big special stalagmites or stalagtites are in reality, as we all thought they are much smaller. From the huge cave, a path leads through the other parts. All of them have names and it is easily understandable where they come from. There is a fairy tale castle with a witch, there are Niagra Falls, the Ancona abyss, the polar station with a polar bear at the entrance, the labyrinth (yes, easy to get lost), there are lakes and deep holes and all kinds of other stalagtites and stalagmites that inspire our imagination.
The cave visits are very much efficiently organised. There is a huge car park 2 km to the east, and busses leave from there every 30 minutes before the next tour (so no one can get mixed up with other groups).
Opening hours: daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; tours are at 10, 11, 12 a.m. and at 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m.
Entrance fees: 15 € (tourist tour, adult), 13 € reduced (people of > 65, students, speleologists), 10 € (kids from 6-14 years),
The blue tour costs 35 € and the red tour 45 €.
The website is excellent, easy to spend hours reading and watching. Even if you don’t have the time, make sure you watch at least the virtual tour. There are videos as well, but it takes ages for them to load.
Photographing is not allowed inside. But Luciano gave me a good excuse, so I was allowed to take one photo of the travel bear exploring the caves - which is why I have the main photo :-) The other one.. well, erm... my camera did that uncontrolled, haha :-)
Location of Grotte di Frasassi on Google Maps.
nearest airport: Ancona (Falconara, code AOI).
© Ingrid D., May 2009 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
Address: North of Fabriano (Le Marche)
Directions: From Fabriano, drive along SS76 to the north and exit at Genga Stazione. From there, drive west until you arrive at the huge parking lot.
Phone: +39 -0732 - 90090
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