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Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto)

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Address: Spiaggia Grande, Positano, Italy
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+39 089 831535
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OMG what a complete waste of time and money. My daughter of 16 pointed out the fake green lighting, and garden centre statues at the bottom. Save money by buying a paddling pool... read more

1 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 27, 2011
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2011

OMG what a complete waste of time and money. My daughter of 16 pointed out the fake green lighting, and garden centre statues at the bottom. Save money by buying a paddling pool, filling with water and sittting in a wooden box with a piped recording in bad Italian English " dont forgetta the boat mans tipa...lookie, lookie... Avoid at... More 

3 Thank djoSurrey_uk
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

Oh my word, what a con. We took the Grotta dello Smeraldo "tour" from Amalfi, which is essentially a five minute boat ride to a not very big cave where a boatman rows you about in a large wooden box for about five minutes, speaking incomprehensively in English, singing O Sole Mio very badly and interjecting with "anna if you... More 

7 Thank Manks13
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2011

I also wish I had read these reviews before I came here. We were charged 6 euros to sit on a boat for a couple of minutes in the dark, while the creepy boat guy splashed the water twice with his oar, sang a few bars of a song terribly, and then growled at us not to forget our boatman... More 

3 Thank tripdee
Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2011

The family visited the Grotta dello Smeraldo via boat yesterday, we now wished we had read the other reviews before we went. The tour lasted barely 5 minutes and the main focus from the guide was to achieve a tip at the end of the tour. The cave is small and hard to justify a visit (and the cost).

3 Thank Baz9545
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2011

What a waste! 10 Euro to get to the grotto and then another 5 Euro to get through the grotto. The grotto tour itself lasted 10 minutes and offered pretty ordinary views, nothing spectacular. The emerald water only appears when the tour guide smacks the water with his oar. The grotto tour guide frequently said "don't forget about your tour... More 

3 Thank miamiredhawk
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2010

I agree with previous reviewers re. the rip-off merchants running this place. I arrived via the elevator rather than the sea, but the end result is the same: you pay a fiver to get in and are then greeted by a deranged money-grabbing gondolier who chucks you into a raft with 10 or so other victims and pushes you around... More 

3 Thank dylancotter
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2009

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... More 

10 Thank Pucheygirl

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