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Emerald Grotto (Grotta di Smeraldo)

Conca dei Marini, Italy
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
Owner description: Set in the bay of Conca dei Marini, this awesomely beautiful cave is named for the color reflected in the water and offers many fascinating geological... more » Owner description: Set in the bay of Conca dei Marini, this awesomely beautiful cave is named for the color reflected in the water and offers many fascinating geological structures. « less
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Shanghai, China
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

It's not expensive at 5 euros but it's basically just a small cave and the tour is just 5 minutes with an Italian guy singing along to music coming from his cell phone and reminding you to tip him.

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Leominster, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Gorgeous, interesting spot ... but was deeply irritated by bloke rowing us round, who constantly burbled and/or sang 'O Sole Mio' (roughly translated as 'Just One Cornetto') while demanding 'capita'. I was trying to concentrate on the surroundings. NOT funny.

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Dublin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Very good value at only E5. Easy access from road with a lift down to sea level. Really beautiful. Worth a visit. Open 9am - 4pm.

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Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Get there ideally off of your boat - difficult by car. Needs to be a sunny day for full effect of the sun shining through the sea into the cave. Rowboat Captains are the real attraction. Please tip them - I was shocked that of 10 in the boat we were the only ones (I know - its Europe and... More

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Conwy, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The tour was only 5 minutes however only 5 euros each Quite amazing to see with entertaining staff. Best to go on a sunny day to get best effect. Don't worry you won't miss too much sunshine

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somerset
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Luckily the local bus was full and this was the one day that the Grotto was open. The young man who gave us the boat tour was charming, informative and entertaining. Well worth a visit for 5 euros

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Boston, MA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

The grotto itself is lovely, with lights dancing about and a sunken nativity scene complements a 'natural' one on the side of the cave. Boatman had corny banter. Would have rated it higher if we hadn't had the only bad experience of our trip parking - attendant guided our car right into a wall and then merely shrugged his shoulders.

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Berlin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Granted, the grotto is not huge. But the emerald light is beautiful and absolutely worth the visit. Much better than in particular the much more famous "Blue Grotto" on Capri. Here, you pay 5 Euros, and if you are not there in peak travel time, they take their time and show you around by boat.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

As per the previous reviews. We had read them in advance, and properly prepared ourselves for the let down. For 5 Euros it is worth it just to see the clarity of the water. I wouldn't make a day trip of it, it is a 10 minute boat ride but if driving past stop in.

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Beirut
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104 reviews 104 reviews
48 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Yeah as all the reviews mention, this is truly a trap. The boat goes in for 10 minutes and out simply because the cave is so tinyyyy....Have you seen Jeita Grotto in Lebanon! now that is a cave. Plus for 5 euros / person is really not worth going there. The boat trip to that cave was nicer and more... More

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