Caverns & Caves in Sicily

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Caverns & Caves in Sicily

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1. Cavagrande del Cassibile

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acr247365
By acr247365
If you’re relatively healthy & used to walking, the hike down is easy - we saw some people had done it in sandals.

2. Ear of Dionysius

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SIGGYTG11RAF
By SIGGYTG11RAF
A really interesting historical site.

3. Grotta Mangiapane

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G4818PDtracym
By G4818PDtracym
These cave houses have been restored and preserved and offer a fascinating insight into a way of life that was still...

4. Caves of Marettimo

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organante
By organante
The water is absolutely transparent, it is nice to snorkel in the area where it is possible....

5. Grotta del Genovese

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CnLToscana
By CnLToscana
... beautiful rock engravings and paintings from ~12K & 7K yrs ago inside this very secluded but spacious cave.

409piap
By 409piap
The visit of Le Grotte di Dedalo is a must see when you are in Sciacca. The tour ist really an experience and you get...

7. Grotta dell'Olio

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OdileC810
By OdileC810
We were lucky to go there with a small boat trip organised from the old Port beyond La Torre Hôtel. The specialise in...

8. Grotta Delle Trabacche

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Popla1
By Popla1
Open this and turn LEFT, following a little path, slighlty down hill, between the grass, (about 100 m) until you see...

9. Grotta grattara

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chloegambin
By chloegambin
A short 15-20 minute walk up will bring you to a beautiful cave and awesome geological structures! The start of the...

10. Grotta di San Teodoro

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11. Grotta del Tono

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Pharlapdog
By Pharlapdog
Not well publicised but information from the Tourist Information office a few streets away. The cave is illumined and...

12. Grotta del bue marino

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13. Grotta dei Santi

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14. Grotta del Gelo

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Brun066
By Brun066
I traveled to the Grotta del Gelo together with a mate who had visited it about forty years ago. He remembered a...

15. Pirrera Sant'antonio

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17. Grotta dell'Amenano

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19. Grotta di Serracozzo

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20. Grotta del Lauro

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21. Grotta del Pozzo

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22. Grotta dei Lamponi

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23. Grotta Zubbia

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27. Cava Gonfalone

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By 352vr
New outdoor attraction in Ragusa: "the underground city of Ragusa".This cave is not a catacomb as many tourists may...

28. La Grotta dei Ladri

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29. Grotta degli Archi

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31. Grotta Del Freddo

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33. Grotta Dell'Uzzo

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35. La Grotta Di Polifemo

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36. Grotta Dell'uzzo

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37. Grotta Di Calafarina

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  • Acr92
    London, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beware of the road!! It’s not maintained or looked after so be careful with (hire) cars - it’s fine if you just take it slow.
    If you’re relatively healthy & used to walking, the hike down is easy - we saw some people had done it in sandals. It’s stunning views from the beginning so took us around 40 minutes, regularly stopping to take pictures.
    Once you get down to the bottom it’s even more beautiful! A natural paradise/oasis. There are 3/4 pools to pick from to swim in. The water’s cold but not freezing and fine once you’re in - especially if it’s a hot day! Stones are slippery!!
    Make sure to pack suncream, water & snacks as you’ll want to be there for a while! There’s no phone signal down there either.
    We stayed for nearly four hours then the walk back up took just over 30 mins. Will definitely be back!
    Written June 13, 2024
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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, CA4,345 contributions
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    We walked here from the island - maybe 2 miles - and were impressed by this under rated archeological site. The Ear was especially intriguing as you walk into this hollowed cave with wonderful acoustics. At the back, in the dark, is an eerie statue. This is just one attraction in this spread out historical site. Well worth it.
    Written July 14, 2024
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  • Iain B
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great place to visit. Described as caves but actually an ethnographic museum based on a group of old houses that a partially built in the cave.
    Nice bar with a small terrace and large area of seating in the garden. There's now a charge of € 3 per person.
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • organante
    Madrid, Spain137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The caves, in the past, were usual places for the rare monk seal and now it seems that one specimen is sometimes swimming there. The water is absolutely transparent, it is nice to snorkel in the area where it is possible.
    Written July 17, 2019
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  • rofly
    Durham, NC29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The excursion is very loosely done (par for the course in Sicily), so perhaps don't buy a return hydrofoil ticket in advance. I'm not sure it's worth the money to take the boat if you're on a budget, and the hike is not very easy if it's hot (I say this as a hiker). But surely doable if you don't have bad joints.

    I made the reservation via email and was asked to go to their office to pay. It wasn't easy to find and google maps is wrong - it's located one street up (above) the port on Via Calvario, near Panetteria and behind Bar Arcobalena. I entered the office and waited a long time, trying to knock but not intrude, while the office worker was in the next room talking loudly on a personal phone call. Other tourists showed up and barged in the room, and the lady came out to help us. (I was later softly scolded for arriving late, even though I was there early and just waiting to be paid attention to.)

    I was taken by boat to the cave, and it was a nice trip! The guide is enthusiastic and tries to group people together as they arrive, some via hiking and some via boat. Apparently "because I was late" I waited a while for a hiking-in group, but they took too long so I was given a tour all by myself :). Afterwards, I had to wait a good bit while another couple of tours were given, so that we could all return on the same boat. I did not mind, but just be prepared that you won't be in-and-out; bring snacks and water. All in all it took 2 hours.

    The cave itself is impressive, although small. I had never seen anything like it before, and the sign at the entrance was informative. You can probably skip it if you have seen other rock carvings before, but I was glad to see it while I was in the area (on Favignana).
    Written January 24, 2024
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  • Pia P
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The visit of Le Grotte di Dedalo is a must see when you are in Sciacca. The tour ist really an experience and you get some interesting information on the tour.
    Written July 10, 2023
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  • Krisztian M
    Gyor, Hungary262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a very nice place to visit by snorkling. Normally you can enter only by swimming, no boats allowed to enter, but not everybody is taking care about. Better to visit on a week day, try to avoid weekends.
    Written July 11, 2017
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  • Tiniyt
    Oslo, Norway38 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Found the entrance to the cave thanks to the helpful description by Popla1. However, the caves are now closed off to the public (probably for safety reasons - the ceiling looked fairly fragile). You can see some 6-7 meters through the barred entrance but it’s hardly worth the effort of getting there anymore (in my personal opinion).
    Written October 19, 2022
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  • ARHO4600
    Koege, Denmark63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy walk to the caves. The hike from the parkinglot to the cave and the formations is only 1 km.
    Nice view over the Valley to the coast also.
    Written October 20, 2021
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  • Indrė S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is breathtakind. Amazing to say the least. Staff is very friendly and gives information. And on top of that it is free of charge!
    Written October 5, 2017
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  • Tim T
    Camberley, UK11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free 1/2 hour guided tours on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Locked at other times. Not well publicised but information from the Tourist Information office a few streets away.
    The cave is illumined and you will be given a hard hat to wear. You will need it.
    Entry is down some steep wooden steps from a doorway in the cliff face.
    Some flowstone and small stalactites in several interconnecting chambers.
    The volunteer guide makes it interesting though, explaining the history of the cave and his part in it.
    This is not for everyone. It is a bit of a scramble inside so not suitable for the less active.
    Written September 23, 2017
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  • Ross M
    Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    wow, this will be worth seeing when completely explored - check out the sea shells and fossils bedded in the rocks
    Written January 2, 2016
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy13,213 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I traveled to the Grotta del Gelo together with a mate who had visited it about forty years ago. He remembered a sublime phenomenon, all the more so in this subtropical part of Italy: a cave that (from its description) was comparable, albeit in much smaller proportions, to cavities that I know, such as the Eisgrat ice caves in Austria or the Rhonegletscher in Switzerland.
    From this point of view, our disappointment was maximum: in August 2021 the only visible ice is a slab of about 1 square meter, lying on the floor of the cave.
    Despite this, I don't feel like advising against this visit, since the path to the cave (map available on the website myetnamap.it), starting from the Ragabo hotel refuge on the paved road "Mareneve" (a hard walk, which involves about 10 hours and return and which with even short stops easily lasts 12 hours) allows an observation of volcanic (or in any case naturalistic) phenomena among the most interesting into Etna region.
    In particular, the last and most difficult stretch is interesting, the one that involves most of the difference in height, and crosses the vast expanses of lava called "Passo dei Dammusi" and "Sciara del Follone". These are lava originating from flows lasting a decade, from 1614 to 1624, of the type called by volcanologists "pahoe oe", quite rare on Etna. Light brown in color, very different from the black one of the most common flows, they feature evocative shapes such as "rope" formations, large flat slabs (called "dammusi", ie ceilings - a term of Arabic derivation - as walking or beating on them produces a rumble revealing the void beneath them), underground galleries where the lava flowed and which then, freed from the lava, produce cavities of which the Grotta del Gelo is only the most illustrious example.
    In conclusion, I would like to recommend this hard path to those who are able to complete it.
    Written August 18, 2021
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