Caves of Castelcivita

grotte di castelcivita

At the gates of the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano, in the province of Salerno, the caves of Castelcivita constitute, with a total of about 4800 m of length, one of the most extensive speleological complexes of southern Italy. The system of underground cavities, opens to 94 m of altitude, between the banks of the river Heat and the south-western slope of the mountains sapwood, immediately showing a suggestive scenery of galleries, wide spaces and straits dug by the millennial action of erosion Karst.

The caves of Castelcivita develop along a single main branch from which, in several points, they disclose short secondary branches. The Hypogeum system is divided into three paths. This subdivision allows you to move from a tourist path to a path off the trail that, through spectacular concrezionati environments, adorned with imposing and eccentric limestone formations, leads to a large reservoir called "Lake Siphon" And then give space to the third route dedicated to the only cavers where the grotto ends with another lake called "Terminal Lake". After numerous speleological explorations, documented already since the end of the nineteenth century, in 1972 the Caves of Castelcivita have acquired a significant importance palaeontological thanks to the localization of interesting archaeological deposits. At the entrance to the cavity. From the analysis of the recovered artifacts (stone instruments and fossil remains) it was possible to ascertain a human attendance of the site dating back to about forty thousand years ago.

The fascination of the testimonies relating to the habits of life of the prehistoric man and the suggestion of extraordinary naturalistic and geomorphological phenomena, realize inside the caves of Castelcivita the enchantment of a surreal underground landscape Still active, in which the interesting stillness of the Times continues to form stalactites and stalagmites, accompanying the path of many visitors throughout the year.

January, February: open only by reservation
March: Morning 10:30 12:00-afternoon 13:30 15:00
From April to September (Summer Time): Morning 10:30 12:00 13:30-afternoon 15:00 16:30 18:00
October: Morning 16:30 12:00-afternoon 13:30 15:00
November and December
Only open by reservation.

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