Grotte di Stiffe
Grotte di Stiffe
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Triibuline I
Montesilvano, Italy16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Wonderful caves, very well arranged tour and the guide was really good. This is one of the youngest caves, compared to others. It continues changing depending on the season throughout the year due to the river running through the caves. The difference of water level makes the experience in summer completely different from autumn, for example. Buy the tickets online and get dressed for +10C - that's the permanent temperature in the caves all year round.
Written August 30, 2021
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chrispSacrofano
Luxembourg25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Fascinating cave visit with full explanation (in Italian) by the expert guide. Good covid separation and plenty of opportunities for photos. (Also a great way to spend a cool hour on a scorching day!)
Written July 31, 2021
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Natalie D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Came to visit “grotte do stiffe” today. We were lucky enough to have the most wonderful guide showing us through the cave. Her name is Lara and she is Australian. She is a wealth of knowledge and just the most beautiful girl. Highly recommend a visit to this beautiful location
Written August 6, 2023
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TravelingNormands
London, UK285 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Couples
The main problem with this place is it rude attitude of the staff. It doesn't seem like it's really made for the enjoyment of tourism. You get the feeling that you're being a pain in the neck to these people for having shown up. The guides who are all in their 20's have no general interest in geology or speology. After you've waited for a bus for 30 minutes to take you to the cave and once you've walked inside, an Italian speaking guide will shower you with nonsical safety instructions thru a megaphone. 1. Don't leave the group, 2. Don't leave the group 3. Don't leave the group. Not a word about minding ones head or paying attention to wet and slippery steps. Once the tour has started you suddenly understand that being 2 meters behind the group is taken as a personal insult by the guide. You will be yelled at with the help of a megaphone and a flashlight will be directed at your face if you try and take a photograph. The only thing missing at this point is German shepherds barking at you, which I'm sure they will be supplying shortly. The whole tour is very rushed and over in less than half an hour, which is probably a good thing because at this point you will want to leave anyway. I'm still not sure if picture taking was allowed or not, but they sure made you feel like it was just short of an act of vandalism.

In short:
if you're interested in geology and your'e looking for a nice holiday experience, or you just want to experience some cool caves, this place is not for you.

However I'm sure that there must be plenty of other cave systems in the Abruzzo region where they treat you more humanely.

This was my only bad experience traveling around Abruzzo for a week.
Written July 25, 2012
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Bronwyn B
Johannesburg, South Africa23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
So difficult to rate this one... As a geological feature the caves are awesome - there are all sorts of formations and the waterfalls make the experience extra special. It is definitely worth a visit but take care to ignore the commentary and read up on caves in general beforehand and you'll have a better experience.

Firstly, the tour is understandably in Italian so unless you're bilingual you won't follow a word of it. This notwithstanding, the tour itself is a big let down. You are rushed through with very little opportunity to take a good look at the detail. While the guide was animated and had a lot to say it seems as though the guide is going through the motions then rushing you out of there.

Having been to many caves on various continents we are interested in the unusual and weren't given any time to look at things that were off the script. There are two huge, uncommon formations RIGHT ON THE PATH heading up to the double falls and the group was whisked right by these. When we paused to explain these to our kids we were told off for not keeping up with the group.

The whole deal about not taking photos is bizarre. We understand that flash photography may affect things but the whole trail is so well lit you don't need a flash.

So... if you do want to spend more than 5 seconds looking at something... stay at the back, you can't get lost - there is one very well lit path in and you follow the same path back so if you do get left behind don't panic (there's no head count).

There bus that takes you up to the cave entrance and back down - if you miss it on the way out take the hiking trail down from the bus stop (big brown sign pointing into the bushes) it is not well maintained but well marked with info boards. It is quite steep so not sure if we would have taken the kids down in the rain but we had a really pleasant walk in the sun (20 min). You end up in the village - just follow the creek back to the ticket office. If it's raining the road walk is 2km.

General info:
Get your tickets at the office at the base of the mountain (well signposted to get to that point).
A bus takes you to the top (would not have known this if we hadn't have read reviews below).
Take a sweater - the caves are 10 degrees which is cold for an hour's tour. The guides do have lost property warm stuff you can borrow if it is available.
The caves are closed between 13:00 & 15:00
Plenty of parking, kid's playground, picnic area and café at the visitors centre.
They only take cash - no cards.
Written August 23, 2015
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francesca c
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Consiglio di entrare in questa grotta attiva a tutti ... È un tesoro nella montagna di questa meravigliosa regione Abruzzo. La nostra guida, Daniela, è stata molto gentile, disponibile e ci ha rivelato fatti interessanti.
La temperatura è compresa tra gli 8 e 10 gradi. È un trekking molto facile, quindi è possibile anche per famiglie.
In totale.
A tutti,
godetevi il viaggio.

I recomend a trip into this active cave to everyone... It's a treasure inside the mountain of this amazing region Abruzzo. Our guide, Daniela, has been very kind, helpfull and revealed us a lot of interesting facts.
The temperature inside the cave is constant during the whole year oscillating between 8-10 degrees. It's a very easy trek, so possible also for families.
The visit takes about one hour in total.
To everyone,
Enjoy the journey.
Written May 8, 2018
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G.B.
822 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Exceptional place, from the naturalistic point of view.
The guide (Daniela), took us along a visit inside this otherwise inaccessible place, telling us about the formation of these places and the unique characteristics of this cave that make it, even today, one of the few active (so with a river that digs inside) visitable in Italy.
Wear something warm because inside the quarry the temperature is low.
COVID Advertisment : Bring your plastic gloves with you (It is not allowed to enter without gloves, but you can always buy them at the entrance if you have forgotten them).
Written September 21, 2020
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Tony M
East Molesey, UK369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
very enjoyable visit - Certainly different and interesting to see a stream / river running though the cave - Walkway all the way thought so easy to navigate and a very informative and knowedgable guide - lots of stalagmites and stalactites
Written October 4, 2019
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Kerry1412
Marlborough, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Thank you to Daniela, our guide, for a personal, excellent tour of the caves - your English was perfect and really made the visit for us. Never been so overcome by the power of nature and water, the waterfalls are just incredible at this time of year. Highly recommend a visit.
Written April 17, 2019
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Geoff K
Agoura Hills5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
I've been in caves in many places in the world. I haven't enjoyed any more than I have Grotte di Stiffe. There are other caves with more spectacular stalagtites, stalagmites, curtains, columns, etc. The things that make Grotte di Stiffe so great are 1) it is not overrun and crowded; 2) There are not cheesy lighting effects, dioramas, or other things you someties find at other caves. Everything is very natural; and 3) The most spectacular thing are the water features -- extremely powerful and moving! English language proficiency can be catch as catch can, but usually one of the guides can provide enough English commentary to help. But if you've been to caves, you'll know the basics -- i.e. the different formations, growth rates, etc. -- and you will still enjoy the tour even if there's no English guide available!

Down in Stiffe, itself, there's a short walk to a waterfall (cascade) that you should take a moment to visit. Usually, if you take the short walk, you'll find yourself (often alone, as this is not widely publicized) in one of the most serene places imaginable with a double waterfall. In summer, it's probably 10 degrees cooler there. A beautiful spot for a picnic! You should look for the old water mill as you take the path out of Stiffe.

Also near San Demetrio is Lago Sinizzo. If you want to go back in time, you'll find a beautiful, small lake fed by a mountain stream and feel like you've gone back in time at last 50 years.

If you spend this much time in the area, lunch or dinner at Ristorante Rinascimento is a must!
Written September 13, 2016
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