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Grotte di Toirano

Via alle Grotte, 17055 Toirano, Italy
+39 0182 98062
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Great side trip!

We were staying in Portofeno for a couple of days, and got a rainy day. The weather north of us was... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2016
Lilybet56
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Pasco, Washington
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Not just a cave

As caves go, this one is maybe not as spectacular as some but the human hand and footprints left in... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2016
Gary M
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Canada
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The Toirano cave site is one of the main tourist attractions in Liguria and consists of the natural cavities of Basura and S. Lucia Inferiore. The Grotta della Basura (which means "witch"), discovered in 1950, is characterized by the presence of prints of men from the Upper Paleolithic Age and important palaeontological finds, mainly Cave Bear bones ("Ursus Spelaeus"). The bones of these plantigrades, which were typical of the Pleistocene Epoch and used to visit the cave during hibernation, can still be seen in the "Bear Cemetery" (about 30,000 years old). Foot, hand and knee prints of Homo Sapiens Sapiens can be found in the clay concretions of the "Print Corridor" (about 12,000 years old). In the cave rooms you will find a wide variety of stalactites and stalagmites, different in shape and size, as well as the typical "mammillary" concretions. The last part of the cave, which used to be under water, is very picturesque, with its peculiar, rounded concretions entirely covered in a uniform, light-yellow layer of tiny calcite crystals. In the Grotta di S. Lucia Inferiore, discovered in 1960, both the limestones and the walls of the wide rooms are covered in calcite flowers and aragonite crystals. The two caves, connected by an artificial tunnel, are about 1,300m long and can be visited in about 70 minutes.
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Via alle Grotte, 17055 Toirano, Italy
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Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We were staying in Portofeno for a couple of days, and got a rainy day. The weather north of us was better, so we looked up something interesting to do and found Grotte di Toirano. It was a couple of hours away but well worth...More

Thank Lilybet56
Reviewed 12 October 2016

As caves go, this one is maybe not as spectacular as some but the human hand and footprints left in the mud some 25,000 years ago, as well as the cave bear boneyard, makes it worth the trip. Although the tour was in Italian, the...More

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 27 September 2016

The caves are really beautiful and the guides did good explanations in the correct times. Really a great site !!!

Thank Mario T
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

First I must state that the caves are really beautiful and the guides doing great job with explanations. So yes, definitely go for a visit. This note is more for the organizers. The web site states that the caves open at 9:30. It doesn't say...More

1  Thank OlaMayer
Reviewed 9 August 2016

An attraction worth every minute visit. It is constantly a "wow- feel" during the tour. Amazing formations that you will come close with nice colors. Very good guidance in a competent manner by well-trained, serious and motivated staff. I can highly recomend this cave for...More

Thank GoeranL
Reviewed 1 August 2016

This is a spectacular underground tour of incredibly impressive limestone formations and archeological remains from the days when humans and bears lived (?) together. If you're lucky, the tour guide masters English, but even in Italian the views and sights are stunning. Bring good shoes...More

Thank Stefan L
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

I have never seen anything like this. Interesting stone formations and archeological remnants. The guide spoke both Italian and English. The path was a bit slippery, good shoes are advised.

Thank Olav M
Reviewed 8 December 2015

Some of the most stunningly beautiful caves I've ever visited. Beautiful limestone formations, well lit. Informative website with great photos - don't bother taking your own. The guide gabbled in Italian only, and that was disjointed enough to confuse even my Italian wife, never mind...More

Thank Epicureanist
Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

Absolutely great place to visit! We visited these caves without any preinformation and therefore did not have sport shoes or jackets, only sandals, t-shirts and shorts. I was wondering if we manage as the guided tour (no options) takes an hour and it is about...More

1  Thank Elisa T
Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

This visit takes you through two cave complexes, with beautiful geological formations. Infrastructure is very good and guides do speak English (be sure to ask them to also give explanations in English, since they are more used to Italian visitors). Also remember to take a...More

1  Thank DanielFornaziero
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julie h
Is it suitable for children under 5 years?
19 March 2017|
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