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“Third Time's a Charm”

Grotte di Castelcivita
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018

After running the Agropoli Half Marathon again, a visit to the grotto is now must visit for me. It's an under-world unto itself filled with jaw-dropping formations that are thousands of years old. Learn something new with each visit --- geographic experts found signs of prehistoric human life in the cave! Amazing!!

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Michael Y
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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

I was not sure what to expect from the caves of Castelcivita. We drove up from Paestum taking in the wonderful views and countryside and the 8 hair pin turns! We arrived slightly late for the 10.30 tour however the ticket lady very kindly asked them to wait so we could join the tour. The tour is in Italian but headsets are given for other languages.
The colours are amazing. I was totally surprised by the magnificent stalagmites and stalactites.
The tour lasts one hour and the walk is fairly easy going but not accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
Well worth a visit and good value at 10 euros

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Peter A
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

we went on a very hot day. the caves are cool and fresh. which was a nice change of the heat outside. unfortunately when buying the tickets, we were not informed that the tour would be in Italian only. And that you specifically needed to ask for audio guid. So we did the tour in Italian. Knowing French I could understand the major part. But still would have preferred the audio guide;

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Salima K
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Reviewed 22 July 2017

So glad that we decided to visit this cave and not a few of the others in the region. These caves are massive and each room has a completely varied environment than the last. The audio guide in english was very informative. The tour guide does a great job of remembering to include those who are using the audio guide as well. Would love to come back for the amateur spelunking portion!

We arrived slightly before our tour time, so we were recommended to take an easy hike down to the River and natural springs for a short visit. It was awesome! So glad that we got to see this in addition to the caves.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Michelle R
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Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

This a very long grotto/grotte and there are three levels of visit, starting at the one hour tourist tour, to a longer more serious walker tour (over two hours) through to expert spelunker tour that goes the whole length of the grotte. The tourist tour ran every hour and a half starting at 10.30am with last tour at 6pm (at least when we were there in May). The tour itself involves pointing out a lot of somewhat dubious anthropomorphic interpretation of the various stalagmite and stalagtite shapes, but the grotte is amazing and the guide very enthusiastic and proud to show people around.  Note that the tour is in Italian, but you can download an audio guide for free in English, Spanish, French, great or Russian, so you can play it on your phone as you move through the different areas (the audio guide numbers are on small signs in each area). However, if you speak Italian, I highly recommend you ring to find out if any school groups visits are scheduled so that you can avoid these at all costs!!! If you don't speak Italian so can't find out, I'd recommend go early or go late - we were there at 1.30pm and there were literally hundreds of school children, about 30 of whom were on our tour, which made for a noisy, crowded and not so enjoyable tour. This was salvaged by the guide staying back after the school kids went back with their teachers and walking slowly back with us and pointing out all the main points again, which was great - the grotte is beautiful and very peaceful without all the kids! You can buy your ticket from the ticket office 30 minutes before each tour, but note the tour guide is also the ticket seller so if he is running late, it is probably because he's just spending a little extra time on the tour like he did with us.  If you park in the parking lot (rather than on the side of the road, where there was plenty of space) you pay for your parking at the same place you buy your grotte ticket. (2 euros for parking and 10 euros for adult tour ticket). There is a restaurant on site - not sure what it is like though as didn't go in.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Keely M
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