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Grotte di Frasassi

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Places to Visit Near the Grotte di Frasassi
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Genga

©Piero Principi, used by permission

San Vittore, in walking distance from the caves, has an 11th century Romanesque Abbey, San Vittore delle Chiuse, and a small but interesting museum housed in the former monastery that has sections on palaeontology, archeology of the area, and caving. At the Terme di San Vittore there are thermal baths, a 3-star hotel with swimming pool, and a restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Closed November through April. Find more Places to Stay near Genga and San Vittore

On a cliff above the caves is the Temple of Valadier, built in 1828, reached by a path going up the hill. A moving living nativity pageant is held there on December 26 and 30 with more than 300 actors.

Genga is a tiny picturesque medieval town and castle perched on a hill overlooking the valley and Frasassi Natural Park. From the parking lot, enter the village through the archway in the defensive walls and wander through town. The medieval houses are built right into the limestone and the 11th century church has several important art works. Once the residence of the counts of Genga, the castle now houses the town hall, district administrative offices, and a small museum.

In addition to the caves, the Gola della Rossa and Frasassi Regional Nature Park has many interesting natural features to explore on hiking paths.

The larger town of Sassoferrato is about 14 kilometers from the caves. On the edge of Sassoferrato are Roman ruins and in the historic part of town there are several museums and churches to visit. A little farther away you can take a guided tour of the Benedictine Monastery at Fonte Avellana.

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