Frasassi caves
Frasassi caves
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The wonderful Frasassi Caves - Italy's greatest caverns! An impressive array of stalactites and stalagmites spread along 1500 metres of accessible caverns. Since 1974 this wonderful natural show has been opened to visitors, and today you can easily book a guided tour and admire the enchanting natural limestone sculptures created by the combined effect of water and rock in over 190 million years.
Genga, Marche, Italy
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rachaeldrinkwater
Dubai, United Arab Emirates39 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
The whole family enjoyed this experience. My 11 and 8 year old sons loved it. The caves themselves are amazing, a real wonder to see. My only comment would be that I felt they tour operator was both allowing too many people on one tour - it was impossible for everyone to hear the guide at one time - and that there were too many tours running consecutively, meaning that tours had to squeeze by each other to pass across narrow bridges etc. Obviously they are doing this to maximize income but it would be a much more serene experience in an incredible environment if there were less people in there at one time. That said, I would recommend this as a family outing - just be sure to check the times of the English tour (if that’s what you want) on the website and also take a sweater as it’s 14 degrees inside!
Written July 20, 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,158 contributions
May 2022
These 190 million years old caves are a magical underground world. I had no idea they would be so beautiful or that they would be so extensive and they were an unexpected highlight of our stay in the Marche area.
The caves system extends nearly 30km with crystal lakes, tunnels, towering stalagmites and hanging stalactites as big as church organs. The largest stalagmites, ‘the Giants’, are more than 20m long and the largest cave is big enough to fit the entire Milan Duomo inside and tall enough to stack two Big Bens on top of each other.
There are formations with names like Niagara Falls, the Camel, Hall of Candles, the Madonna, the Polar Bear and the Sword of Damocles which gives you an idea of the variety and size of the formations.
It’s a big day out and there are some practical points which are good to know in advance. These are:
* You will need a car. It would be very difficult visit without one. There is a large carpark at the site
* You can’t drive all the way and will still need to get a shuttle bus transfer to the mouth of the cave. Allow at least 20 - 30 minutes to buy your ticket and catch the bus. The buses are not very regular so you will probably have to wait for some time. We just missed one and had to wait about 40 min. Fortunately there are food stalls (surprisingly good pork rolls) and also some souvenir stalls selling T-shirts, postcards and rock samples etc. We picked up an inexpensive little book on the history of the caves.
* Tickets (€18) can be pre-bought online and includes the shuttle bus and the timed tour (you can only enter the caves on a tour). We bought our tickets on the day at the site but we had to wait in a line. Id recommend buying in advance online.
* There are some English tours but most are in Italian. We accidentally joined the Italian tour but the sights are so stunning, it was still worthwhile and we were probably better off doing this than waiting for ages for an English tour.
* wear flat comfy shoes and take a jacket as its quite cool inside the caves and you’re on the tour for about 90 minutes.
* There are some stairs but its quite manageable for kids
* Two small museums are included in the ticket but we ran out of time to see them. In hindsight, we should have started earlier and made it a full day of it.
Written September 4, 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,158 contributions
May 2022
This is well and truly off the beaten track for most tourists but it is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Marche area.
I’ve seen other caves before but these are really quite stunning. It was so much more impressive than I’d expected.
It should be noted that you can really only get to the caves easily by car (40 min from Ancona). Once there, you leave the car in the large carpark and a free shuttle bus takes you to the caves’ entrance.
Also, the caves can only be visited with a tour guide.
In hindsight, we should have planned ahead and booked online. We bought tickets on arrival which meant we had to wait in the queue and missed at least one shuttle bus. We also missed the English speaking tour and had to join a tour in Italian.
We obviously missed out on a lot of information and all of his anecdotes but the caves are so truly spectacular that overall, it didn’t matter. Instead we bought a small caves book from one of the stalls near the ticket booth which served us well.
The paths throughout the caves were good, solid, elevated walkways which were mostly level and had good handrails. Theatrical lighting along the way enhanced the cave features.
At no time did anything feel scary or precarious. The areas are so large that there’s no creeping or crawling through narrow or small spaces like in some other caves. There are some steps but even the smaller kids on the tour managed these easily. The tour lasted about an hour and a half.
One odd thing happened. At the start of the tour, we were told ‘no photos’ in the caves. In fact some people in the group were told off for taking a sneaky shot. However halfway through the tour, we were suddenly allowed to take photos. I’m not sure why this was and I suspect it was to make sure that we all kept up a reasonable pace so that the tour behind us didn’t get held up. In any case if you get told no photos initially, don’t worry because you’ll have lots of opportunities later on and you’ll be able to take photos of the early parts of the cave on way back out.
Amazingly, these 190 million years old caves were only discovered in 1971. Since then, over 13km of cave passages, forming a large underground web, have been uncovered. It’s thought that there’s probably another 20+ kilometres still to be uncovered (you only see 1.5km on the tour).
It was hard to pick a highlight but if I did, it was probably the Hall of Candles, an underground, frozen lake with long thin candle-like stalagmites. It was just so beautiful.
Written February 1, 2023
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kahanamoku
Northern England41 contributions
Jul 2014 • Solo
Found this really frustrating and hated it tbh. For copyright reasons (rubbish since taking a photo they can still say photos are for personal use only), they prohibit all photos inside the caves. It's not easy anyway to take photos in darkness without flash without a tripod, but the guides constantly follow people around looking for any sign of anyone even lifting a camera up to take a photo. I asked at higher levels afterwards and was told if I had asked for permission in writing before arriving I could have taken pictures on a private visit, I guess. I found it a bossy, frustrating experience. There are stalactites/agmites in various sizes and shapes... some are a bit different, others can be found in other cave systems. I wouldn;t have gone if I had known how controlling and frustrating the experience would have been for a keen photographer and geology specialist. I deliberately bought no book or postcard afterwards... why should I fill pockets with my money when the courtesy of a photo of my own was so strenuously denied. Take your choice, if you don't mind being treated like a small child, you will enjoy the experience.
Written August 5, 2014
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steve_ml06
Formia, Italy1 contribution
My wife and I visited Grotte di Frasassi on 12APR2008, during a weekend getaway. We had a great time and the drive to the Frasassi Caves is a beautiful site. The only problem we had is that we only understand a little Italian (my wife more then me) and in the brochure it stated that there were free audio guides in English but, they never told us how or where to get them.

Once we entered the caves we realized that we were the only ones that did not understand what the tour guide was talking about. Lucky we found a man that was translating for another couple from Hungry in English so we asked if we could listen in. He explained the main points of the caves and how it was discovered.

The caves are beautiful and we strongly recommend that if you are in the area or enjoy caves to make a trip there. But remember to ask when you buy the tickets for the free audio guides. You will be glad you did.

Use a search engine search "Frasassi Caves"
Written April 17, 2008
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sherrrrry
Flagler Beach, FL330 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
Our visit today was a "monumental" disappointment! Although the entry price (15.50 Euros) has more than tripled in just the past couple of years, and even the latest brochure does not mention that photography of any kind is strictly forbidden, we were faced with this severe restriction when buying our tickets, after a 2 hour drive. We went on the tour anyway, and the caves are beautiful, but who wants to experience such a visual delight without being able to photograph it?
And, worst of all, get this. . . they forbid their guest to take photographs because they want to control their own copy righted images. I could see restricting tripods and even flash photography. How very amazing that the consortium is so short sighted that they don't even offer "photographer's tours" at a slightly elevated price.

In addition, we had a troop of at least 20 school children shouting at the top of their lungs, with echos ringing in our ears, stepping on our heels, for the last half of our visit. I did complain to the guide about the children, and suggested that she should have just let the kids pass, so that we could enjoy the experience in just a little more peace. She was very kind and did give us an email address to send our suggestions. . . but this place is charging first class prices for a 3rd class experience.
Written June 5, 2012
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violet339
London, UK418 contributions
Dec 2013 • Friends
As per my title, I thought the caves were amazing and really vast (they themselves deserve at least 4* if not 5*), but unfortunately, that's where it ends. There're set times that you can go and you show up at the designated spot to take a bus the 1.5km to the caves. From that point on, you're tied to going round with an Italian-speaking guide in a massive group. I personally dislike guides in general, simply because I don't like to be shepherded around and prefer to do my own thing, especially when I'm on holiday, but the fact that it was in Italian made it much worse. Looking online, it looks like they have tours in other languages from June to September. For me to understand a decent amount, I would need to be right at the front of the group being able to hear the guide very clearly at all times. With such a large group, it was impossible and I almost immediately gave up, especially since the guide was a softly-spoken woman who was very difficult to hear anyway. So you go round in this massive group stopping at each station, so that the guide can say her bit. The tour is quite long, way over an hour, and it soon becomes a real bore in my view. Our guide was a bit of a pedant as well constantly wanting to adjust and re-adjust where people were standing and telling them to be quiet when they were just talking in a normal way. I don't know why this is necessary; it's not like it's a church or a library or anything, but she was doing it all the time. Photos are not allowed, which is a real travesty. I think at the beginning I caught something about how at a certain point you could have your picture taken and then buy it at the end, but I didn't see this happening, so I might have misunderstood. The entry charge is more than 15 euro and the groups are massive, so they're making quite a lot of money already; preventing you from taking your own photos, so that they can try and sell theirs to you, doesn't really sit that well with me. As it is, after a short time, you become aware of the fact that everyone around you is, in fact, taking pictures anyway. The guide kept up the protest for quite some time; she must have asked people not to at least a hundred times, but everyone seemed to just ignore her, so we started to do the same. We were actually the naughty ones who, about half-way, started to try to lag behind the group a bit to relieve the boredom and have a bit of idependence. We didn't stray too far and our own guide just overlooked it, but at one point, a guide from another group on the other side screamed at us to rejoin the group immediately and threatened us with a fine for taking photos; it was quite funny, but also over the top. The path is very clearly marked; it's all concrete with rails at either side and there's really no way to go off course. There're some stairs to bear in mind if this is an issue for you and you also get dripped on a bit. The temperature was perfectly comfortable, but it did get rather humid after a while. For me, I think it would be much better to be able to go round by yourself with the option of a guide for those who want it. I appreciate they can't just let masses of people in to trample around, but it could be staged, so that a certain number of people are allowed in every hour or something like that with a few staff positioned along the way to make sure everything is okay. We saw some people geared up in climbing gear who were obviously doing something a bit different; that might be fun. The ticket includes the little abbey and museum at San Vittore. It's half-way on the bus back or you can collect your car from the car park and make your own way there. It's very close anyway, so you might as well pay a quick visit. The ticket also includes another museum in Genga, but the road was closed when we visited. At the car park, there're a lot of little stalls mostly selling the same tacky souvenirs. For food, the first stall is the best. It has a lot of big hams, salamis and cheeses in the display cabinet and generally seems to attract the most business. We had a basket full of panini in a large, round, flat bread called crescia to share - highly recommended. In conclusion, the caves themselves are great; the guide I would much prefer to do without.
Written January 7, 2014
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jr27Derbyshire
Derbyshire146 contributions
Aug 2013
Incredible caves, very well organised and a definate "must see" in Le Marche, Italy.
Free parking. Lots of places to eat within the site. Gift shops and reasonable prices. Toilets. Picnic areas.
English, French & German speaking guides as well as Italian. €15.50 for adults and €12 for 6-14 year olds In August 2013. Discounts aren't available in August.
A free bus takes guests to the cave entrance.
Within the caves the temperature is approximately 14 degrees all year round. Wear sensible shoes.
The dimensions are disorienting and the basic guided tour takes about 2 hours and covers approximately 2km. There are lots of steps so it is not suitable for those with mobility problems or pushchairs/wheelchairs. The more advanced tours are suitable for children over 12 but it is wise to book and a certain level of fitness is required. Definately don't do the advanced tours if you are claustrophobic or afraid of heights. The website is informative.
The entrance fee includes access to the museum and church so go early & make a day of it.
Written August 26, 2013
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tripspotting
Bucharest, Romania151 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
I would have regretted it a lot to be in the region and to miss le grotte! Luckily, a friend who lives in the Marche region proudly recommended it.
Stunning view, great visual effects (you might start doubting distances and how accurately human beings can appreciate it), a permanent 'wow'!

Taking very young children inside the cave can be done without too many problems (children under 6 don't pay), but it might not be easy. They need to keep quiet, in order for you and the others to hear the guide's explanations and they should refrain from running and especially touching everything around (touching the rocks damages them seriously!). Do bring a baby carrier if you use one! I would not bring the stroller, as there are steps, the floor is slippery, it's quite dark inside and the space is limited.

Italian or English guide provided.
The parking lot is 1.5 km away from the entrance of the caves, but a bus will take you to the right place.
The visits start at sharp and at half past the hour and last for 75 min.

Go see Grotte di Frasassi, no description would equal the live experience!
Written July 31, 2013
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Peter C
Oak Park, IL119 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
Most travelers in Italy are enthralled with the beautiful hill towns, churches, piazzi, and a overwhelming range of historic sites. But one shouldn't overlook the natural wonders that abound, one of the most amazing which are the Caves of Frasassi.

We visited on a damp chilly day - we were on our way from Umbria to destinations further east in Le Marche - and it seemed pretty deserted. The vast parking lot was mostly empty, and there were only a few stalls open in the area around the ticket office. As it turned out, there was a sizeable group assembled by the time our time slot came up.

There is a shuttle to take you from the parking/ticketing area to the entrance of the cave - you can't drive yourself there, but it is not far, and a lovely walk in the gorge. My suggestion is to take the shuttle to the cave entrance, and walk back afterwards.

On the day we were there, the tours (all of which are guided) were only being done in Italian. If your Italian isn't good enough, there are audio guides available on request.

There's not much walking, and the walkways are all well-paved. The temperature in the caves is comfortable and it is well-lit. So...no problem with claustrophobia!

It is not possible to take photos while you are in the cave, so you'll need to take my (and many others) word for it that is truly one of the most beautiful natural caves in the world. Frankly, not thinking about taking pictures is kind of liberating, and I think increases your appreciation.
Written February 6, 2017
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