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Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto)

Spiaggia Grande, Positano, Italy
089/871107
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Ranked #10 of 13 attractions in Positano
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Geologic Formations
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Toronto, Canada
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15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Dont forget the boatman ,the title here relates to anyone who was on the silly little boat for the 10 minute routine . The boatman is the only thing that makes this stop worthwhile , funnier than sin , the ride itself well .... Your there smile and enjoy the comedy show it doesnt last long .

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Coventry, Rhode Island
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We were driving down the Amalfi Coast on a day tour, and our driver asked if we wanted to stop and check out the Emerald Grotto. It sounded like it might be interesting, and it was cheap enough so we said 'sure!'...boy was that a bad mistake. It started fine...the line wasn't long and there were 3 boats inside the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The visit to the Emerald grotto included a tour of tha Amalfi coast which was lovely. To enter the grotto we disembarked from our boat, paid a small fee and entered a cave where a flat raft like boat waited. You can see the grotto in about 5 minutes but our tour lasted about 15-20 minutes. Yes the water was... More

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San Francisco, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I honestly think our guides were drunk. They were hilarious and we had some great chuckles over it. I mean, come on people. It is light shining through a tunnel in a cave. Are you really expecting to have a life-altering event for 5 euros? It is 15 minutes out of your day. Not much time wasted.

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Bucharest, Romania
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Short boat ride into a small grotta, where the guides are lazy and ask you for tip, after you've already paid a pricy entrance fee. The guide's explanation was very poor, of the kind "this stone resembles the Eiffel tower". No scientific explanation, nothing interesting. Just a tourist trap, don't bother to visit.

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Aussie
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66 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Only went past it but this is a wonderful sight carved into the rugged Italian cliffs - pure green water shimmering in the summer day light. Many beautiful sights here along the coastline that re historic and memorable.

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Adelaide, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We visited the grotto because it sounded pretty good on the advertisement. From paying at the top to riding the lift down and then getting in the small boat to rowed around a small cave, everybody has their hand in your pocket. Especially the ferryman, who constantly reminded us that the emerald sparkles we could see when he splashed the... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Small grotto, nothing to write home about, we where lucky we did not have a lot of waiting to do. If you can just head to the Blue Grotto in Capri, much nicer and spacious.

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Adelaide
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15 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Really the only words I should write about the Emerald Grotto is, don't waste your money or time. Nice boat ride, only a water filled cave, Guides? only spoke Italian. We could have done better on a bus trip somewhere. Yawn!

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

yes, I agree that it is a little hokey but our kids loved it (4 and 6 year old boys) and for five euros, we would do it again. our guide was very friendly, shared the history and stories. I wouldn't go out of your way to visit but if you are nearby, we enjoyed it.

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