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sabato 23 aprile 2011

Frasassi Caves

Frasassi Caves is one of Italy's largest and most famous complex of caves.
They were discovered in 1971 by a group of speleologists from Ancona by chance.
Some 13 km of limestone caverns have so far been explored and it is reckoned that they may run for up to 35 km. Only one and a half km of this crystalline wonderland is open to the general public. Equipped with walkways and theatrical lighting, it includes the awesome Grotta Grande del Vento, Europe's largest single cavern, so vast that Milan Cathedral would fit comfortably inside, and some of the most extravagantly fanciful stalagmites and stalactites you are ever likely to see.
The guided tour lasts for around an hour and 15 minutes; the temperature inside is a constantly low 14 degrees C.

Nearby there's the Romanesque church in the little spa of San Vittore delle Chiuse.
This tiny, perfectly square little church was built in the 12thC on chastely simple lines and is one of the prettiest of its kind in the Marche.

posted by Andrea Giordani Tourist Guide Ancona and Frasassi Area
Guide Turistiche Marche