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Spectacular Caverns in Central Italy's Marche Region
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Photo inside the Grotte di Frasassi

©Piero Principi, used by permission

Frasassi Caves, Le Grotte di Frasassi, are Italy's top caverns and well worth a visit. The immense cave system was only discovered in 1971 and part of the caverns were opened to visitors in 1974. The caverns can be visited only on guided tours (see visiting information on Page 2).

The huge rooms of the caverns are filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Highlights of the tour include the Ancona Abyss, a room so large that Milan's duomo (the world's largest Gothic cathedral) could easily fit inside it, a crystallized lake, a Grand Canyon, and a room filled with formations that resemble candles.

The guided tour on the tourist trail lasts about one hour and 15 minutes and listening devices are provided in other languages for those who don't understand Italian. The tourist trail is mainly on a walkway with some stairs and is well lit. Visitors should wear comfortable shoes and a sweatshirt or jacket as the temperature is 14 degrees centigrade (about 57 Fahrenheit) all year.

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