Trip Planner: Europe / Italy / Abruzzo / Province of L'Aquila / San Demetrio ne' Vestini / Grotte di Stiffe
Accessible only by guided tour, Grotte di Stiffe is a complex of caves formed by centuries of dripping and flowing water. Listen to the murmur of the streams that pass through the caves, wander past stalactites and stalagmites, and inspect the results of erosion and corrosion over time in the complex rock formations. Be prepared for a long walk with lots of steps. Even if it is warm outside, don’t forget to bring an extra layer, as the caves remain at a constant 10 C (50 F) year-round. Due to unpredictable weather conditions between November and April, it is advisable to call ahead during this period to assure that tours are available. Use our Stiffe route builder tool to arrange your visit to Grotte di Stiffe and other attractions in Stiffe.
Grotte di Stiffe reviews
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... more »
A unique and magical experience into 700 metres deep caverns that contain two waterfalls and a lake. Wear good walking shoes and a rain jacket. The one hour tours are conducted in Italian, although... more »
Interesting set of caves with two great set-pieces containing waterfalls inside. Set in a mountain in vicinity of Aquila. Obtain tickets at the bottom of the mountain by following the signs (yes it looks dodgy but its the real thing). You'll get a time slot so be prepared to wait or visit the local countryside before going in on busy days. For the visit you park your car on the mountainside just before the caves. At the entrance everyone gets a cool (mandatory) helmet to wear, and a group guide with about 30 people per time slot. For children its quite spectacular and interesting, for adults its OK; I've seen better caves, but still worth it for the price of admission. With children 4/5, adults only 3/5
Well maintained and tastefully lit cave system, where you feel like you're exploring it yourself. The guide will answer all of your questions.
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