Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto)

Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto)

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Adam T
Stuttgart, Germany81 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
This was a last minute addition as we drove by, our tour guide Roberto Allesandro just pulled over and said this is something you should do. Short walk down some stairs, €18 for a family of four then a long elevator ride. We were there at 0900ish and were the only ones there. The water was choppy and no sun, but still got some great pictures of the water and the underwater nativity. By 1000 the place was packed even in November.
Written November 7, 2021
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Hambledon
Godalming, UK213 contributions
Jul 2022
Short and sweet.... but for 7 Euro, what do you expect! Arrived by car (on a tour). Lift takes you down to the entrance to the caves. Join the (short) queue and load into the small boat. The oarsman takes you on a 15 minute paddle through the large cave, which is cool and pleasant and lit enough to be atmospheric without making it feel you were in a cathedral. I wasn't expecting much - but it easily exceeded my expectations and for the money, it was 100% fine.
Written July 12, 2022
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Virginia N
Brisbane, Australia189 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
We did an Amalfi Coast tour and the Emerald Grotto was part of the itinery. It was really pretty €5 entry and the Italian guide rowed us around and serenaded us with songs. We all thought this was just lovely until he followed us outside pestering us for a tip. No-one had any extra money as we just took ourselves, our cameras and the €5 entry money from the boat. He got quite nasty when we explained we had no money on us. It pretty much spoiled what was otherwise a fun experience.
Written August 20, 2018
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SunnyItaly
Budapest, Hungary71 contributions
Jul 2020
The grotto is home to an underwater nativity scene, made of ceramics by an artisan from nearby Vietri in 1956. Since that time, divers from all over Italy come to pay a visit to the Holy Family at Christmas. The Emerald Grotto can only be visited on a boat. You will be taken in a rowboat that hosts about 10 passengers and given a tour with a guide. You can reach the grotto either by sea in a ferry, by renting a boat at any of the ports along the coast, or by car/bus. You stop at the facilities on the main coastal road and reach the departure point by way of an elevator or along a panoramic stairway. It is recommended being visited in the early afternoon, between noon and 3 o'clock, to enjoy the best possible light. The facilities are open daily from 9.30 am to 4 pm, the entrance ticket to the grotto is 6 euro (times and price can change without notice). We enjoyed it a lot.
Written August 3, 2020
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Thomas G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,354 contributions
May 2022
The cave is a bit small and indeed you see everything when you enter, but it is really cool. The blue colour is very interesting and the stalagmites and stalactites are impressive. The guide was nice and gave some good information. This is a nice stop for half an hour when in the Amalfi coast.
Written June 8, 2022
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Iza
5 contributions
Serious safety incident
Nov 2018 • Solo
I was the only one on the boat and the boatman was trying to kiss and touch me :/ Disaster!! After all of that he even asked me for a tip. What an embarrassing wreck of a man!!
Written December 21, 2018
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Adam R
Redditch, UK12 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
In 2012 we chartered a boat and the Captain recommended visiting the Emerald Grotto. Naturally were intrigued having never been there and upon arrival the queues were long to visit the grotto which clearly showed it was a popular site to see. At that time we noticed the queues were taking a while and decided to give it a miss. This year (June 2014) we returned back to Amalfi for our wedding and decided to charter a boat once again. This time we passed the grotto and noticed the queues were not as bad (but still fairly long) and decided to take our family as we had not seen it either. Having paid 5 Euros each we entered the grotto and saw two Captains gently rowing a boat crammed with tourists per boat. Similar to that of rows of people you have on theme park rides.

When it was our turn to board the boat you could see the clear water and when you looked around the grotto it was appealing. The Captain introduced himself by reminding everyone to ensure they have tip money available (before the tour had ended) and I had just witnessed him bullying vulnerable tourists into tips when they left the boat.

We were then rowed towards a patch of water that appeared to be green. The Captain splashed his oar over the water and the boat gasped with amazement. With some further analysis and careful eye the water was emerald because it has lights underneath it creating a fairly real but very artificial illusion. Also given away by the cables that ran from the lights as confirmed by my father in law, a commercial electrician.

One part of the tour (pre embarkation) was the reaction to one part of the water which the Captain circled around in order that all passengers had a view of what he 'built up' as a wonder or marvel! All we heard on approach to the 'wonder' was "you can see baby jesus... look you can see baby jesus" echoed the Captain.

I admit that I am not the religious type but for one respect other peoples beliefs and religious following. This I had to see.

Initially passengers started taking pictures and appeared excited. Having then seen the 'wonder' they reacted like they had been given the wrong present for christmas. Sheer disappointment and a laughable reaction to the proposition that we were all looking at baby jesus and a "corpse" as he worded! Safe to say sacrilege and I am sure if there is a hell the Captain will be sailing there in due course!

When we eventually saw the 'wonder' it was nothing more than a planted feature from a nativity play pinned down by a scuba diver in the 90's not what the Captain assumed was discovered in 116 A.D.

Having seen all our disappointment, disgust and sheer shock on what he alleged was fact we all disembarked the boat as soon as we could. The Captain without hesitation bullied each passenger again for tips and when it came to us we simply ignored him having just witnessed total nonsense and a total disrespect for what people may or may not believe in.

Having counted the average volume of persons attending the grotto whilst we visited the site it was calculated the tour itself made 40,000 Euros per day not counting the tips that were given too. Needless to say this was a total fraud and would of been better suited to allow a boat tour in the grotto without the need to make up stories or create illusion.

Please spend your 5 Euros on a Gelato, at least then you know your getting good taste, authentic and genuinely leaving a good taste in your mouth.
Written June 26, 2014
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Pucheygirl
London2 contributions
I just came back from the most amazing long weekend in Amalfi and as always it was incredible. This stunning gem on the Neapolitan Riviera lives up to all expectations. Although I was quite shocked to have bought into the Grotto Smeraldo boat trip. Ripped off is one word down-right conned is probably a better description. The boat which costs 10 euros to hire and 10 euros for the ride is extausionate in itself seeing as you are sharing the boat with up to 30 people and the trip there is 5/10 mins (how much money do these people make out of tourists!!). When you arrive at the grotto you are greeted by what can only be described as a deranged and pressurising tour guide. The grotto is probably 10m squared and you have to pay another 5 Euro to get in!! The tour takes you around the edge of this small cave with a deranged guide repeating the same sentence up to 5 times to pad out his script. Then at the end you are even pressurised to pay him tip!! In total for 2 people we paid almost 45 euros!!!!!
Written October 13, 2009
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Quartermaster60
York, UK1,501 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
You pay 10 euros for a boat trip to the grotto, but if you want to go into the grotto its another 5 euros, they don't tell you this until you are on the water and half way there. When you get to the grotto you go into a cave with a 10 metre round pool, with a spotlight hidden under an overhang to light up the water, plenty of stalagmites and stalagtites, but nothing amazing. You are herded with another 30 people into a square rowing boat and a guy rows you round, takes 5 minutes total, and then as you get out of the boat he wants a tip. Save your money and have a pizza and a beer instead, don't do it.
Written May 3, 2015
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C T
Vancouver, Canada52 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
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 was laughing at the absurdity of it all, feeling like we were on a ride in Disneyland as the driver "created" a ten minute tour about nothing! When he started banging the oar on the water to make ripples and screaming "bravissimo, fantastico, amazing!!!!", our entire family burst into hysterics. It depends on what you are looking for but not my thing.
Written July 20, 2015
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