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Mountaigns around Lucca: The Garfagnana , Grotta del Vento "Wind Cave"

Grotta del Vento Generally regarded as the best cave system in Tuscany, the Grotto del Vento "Wind Cave" is a spectacular and bizarre landscape of caverns and lakes. The caves are reached by driving along the bottom of the Turrite valley from Gallicano, directly across the river from Barga train station. There are three different daily tours through the caves from April to September lasting 1, 2, or 3 hours.

 

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Placed to the center of the natural park of the Alps Apuane (Apuan Alps) is between the grottos more complete of Europe, by presenting extraordinary one variety of phenomena that are illustrated with precision and competence by spelaeological expert guides. Comfortable paths allow to admire some reflectors the light all the wonders of the subterranean world: Give her stalactites and stalagmites he lives and shining, to polychrome castings, to the drapes of alabaster, to the laghetti encrusting made of crystals, to the water courses underground.

Outside of these months the caves are only open on Sundays for the one hour tour. Regardless of when you are visiting try and get there early to avoid the crowds.

Three the routes:

The "first" (an hour) has a flat trend and he is almost upholstered everywhere by calcareous splendid concretions;

The "second" (two hours,) also including the first, offers the glamour of wide environments covered from an underground small river;

The "third" (three hours,) allows the complete visit of the grotto and he covers a few perfectly vertical strokes in convenience all.

Who visits the grotto does not therefore limit his excursion to the world underground, but in general the opportunity to extend it to other concerning surface attractions gathers which the architectural splendid complex of the hermitage of Calomini, hunkered to the base of big one rocky wall; Trombacco throats partly been responsible by waters for a very green lake.

The Altopiano Carsico of the Vetricia, from the thousand crevasses and the strange erosion forms; the immense views of the massif of the "Panie"; the Cyclopean arc natural that connects the twin tops of the "Monte Forato"

Grotta del Vento - Wind Cave -

Useful Informations
Location:
North of Pisa in the Apuan Alps' Natural Park.
From the South: Leave A11 at Lucca, take S.S.N.12 Abetone/Brennero to Ponte a Moriano (8,5 km). cross River Serchio and follow main road to Gallicano (36 km).
From the North: Leave A15 at Aulla, take S.S.N.63 Passo del Cerreto for 12 km, then turn right for Casola in Lunigiana (19 km), uphill Passo dei Carpinelli towards Piazza al Serchio (42 km), Castelnuovo Garfagnana to Gallicano.
From Gallicano pass the rocky gorge of Lake Trombacco to Fornovolasco (44 kms.). Cross three valleys to the cave. (2°05'40" W, 44°02'01" N)



Open:
APR-SEP daily, OCT-MAR Sun+Hol
Tour 1: 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Tour 2: 11, 15, 16, 17
Tour 3: 10, 14

Fee:
About 10 euro. (open the official website) www.grottadelvento.com

Classification:
Karst cave, Jurassic limestone, cave system.
Light: electric.
Dimension: L=4000m, A=627m asl. T=10,7°C.
Guided tours: Tour 1: D=60min
Tour 2: D=120min
Tour 3: D=180min

Address: Grotta del Vento, Località Grotta del Vento, I-55020 Fornovolasco, (Lucca),
Tel: +39-0583-722024, Fax: +39-0583-722053, E-mail: [email protected]

Links:
www.grottadelvento.com Official website The origins , The name, The discovery, The itineraries, How to get to the "Wind Cave"
 

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