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Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto)

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Address: Spiaggia Grande, Positano, Italy
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The water colour is incredible

Yes its a amazing colour But the tourist hype is really something I could live without. Its expensive for 5 minutes of blue water ! Don't know if I would rush to see it again... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed an amazing tour around the Amalfi Coast with Lucibello tours (Positano Beach). the coastline looked fantastic from the sea. Pay the extra €5 entry into the Emerald Grotto itself? I did and was sorely disappointed. A limestone cave with a pool of water inside, lit by sunlight filtering through somewhere underground.. Underwhelming,

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Yes its a amazing colour But the tourist hype is really something I could live without. Its expensive for 5 minutes of blue water ! Don't know if I would rush to see it again. But when in Rome... or Capri....

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Really beautiful. Only takes about 10 minutes. Tour guides cram you in a boat, tell you they expect a tip, and then paddle around for a few minutes.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had booked a boat and driver for the day. He suggested we stop here for a peek at this natural wonder. The sad thing is that you have to pay your Euro to jump aboard a barge of sorts with a super cheesy driver who basically begs for tips and wastes your time paddling around in circles. Our family... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

There are two ways to take the visit to the Grotto: one can look at it as a scam, or consider it quite amusing. We prefer the latter, though there are strong arguments for the former. The ten-minute boat ride, with its views of the sunny Amalfi coast, was quite pleasant (and neither was the boat overcrowded). As for the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Away from the maddening crowd of the Blue Grotto. We were even serenaded by our boat driver and guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Worth a trip out to the Emerald Grotto! If you have the time and the opportunity, this is a great place to relax and view the grotto. Would love to come back and spend more time exploring the many grottos the Amalfi Coast has to offer!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We stopped by here on our Amalfi boat tour. The grotto itself is kinda nice I guess and if you don't care about the euro, it's worth stopping in. But the little 10 min boat ride wasn't really worth it. The boatman has clearly been doing this too long and seems far more concerned with getting a tip than providing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

If people want to talk tourist trap, try paying €13 for the 90 minute wait and 6 minute experience of the Blue Grotto in Capri. What makes this grotto special is the fact the cavern is under the water, the blue is from the reflection of the sun through a 16m tunnel. People can believe it or they don't, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Not sure why all the grumpy reviews - if you've managed to make it to the Amalfi, then I fail to see how 5 euro to visit a natural wonder is a hardship. Lovely glimpse of nature at its best, you can't swim in this grotto but it is well worth a visit.

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Address: Spiaggia Grande, Positano, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Campania  >  Amalfi Coast  >  Positano

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