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Grotte di Toirano

Via alle Grotte, 17055 Toirano, Italy
+39 0182 98062
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Unforgettable experience

I visited the caves together with my sister. A beautiful family experience. The caves are fantastic... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
919Natasha88
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Rivne, Ukraine
Remarkable One of a Kind Site

We toured the Caves of Toirano as an 'add on' tour when we reserved a private driver with a company... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Canadienne5
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Regina
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The Toirano cave site is one of the main tourist attractions in Liguria and consists of the natural cavities of Basura and S. Lucia Inferiore. The Grotta della Basura (which means "witch"), discovered in 1950, is characterized by the presence of prints of men from the Upper Paleolithic Age and important palaeontological finds, mainly Cave Bear bones ("Ursus Spelaeus"). The bones of these plantigrades, which were typical of the Pleistocene Epoch and used to visit the cave during hibernation, can still be seen in the "Bear Cemetery" (about 30,000 years old). Foot, hand and knee prints of Homo Sapiens Sapiens can be found in the clay concretions of the "Print Corridor" (about 12,000 years old). In the cave rooms you will find a wide variety of stalactites and stalagmites, different in shape and size, as well as the typical "mammillary" concretions. The last part of the cave, which used to be under water, is very picturesque, with its peculiar, rounded concretions entirely covered in a uniform, light-yellow layer of tiny calcite crystals. In the Grotta di S. Lucia Inferiore, discovered in 1960, both the limestones and the walls of the wide rooms are covered in calcite flowers and aragonite crystals. The two caves, connected by an artificial tunnel, are about 1,300m long and can be visited in about 70 minutes.
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Via alle Grotte, 17055 Toirano, Italy
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I visited the caves together with my sister. A beautiful family experience. The caves are fantastic never seen anything like this in my life. After the caves we went to visit the old town of Toirano, which is located in the valley near the mountains....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We toured the Caves of Toirano as an 'add on' tour when we reserved a private driver with a company called DayTrip to drive us from Florence to Nice. It was on the way. The fee is inexpensive and the tour takes at least an...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guided tour (compulsory for obvious reasons) lasts about 70 minutes and is conducted in both Italian & English. The cave formations are incredible in their age, size and variety. The bones of bears dating back 24,000-27,000 ago, are mind boggling. Plus, on a very...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my two teenagers ( nearly ) and it was great . €25 euros for one adult and two children. The tour was split into English speaking and Italian and the guide was great . It's about an hour or more long to walk...More

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

We were in Alassio for the weekend (30 min. drive) and came for a nice afternoon trip. You can access the cave only with a guided tour and luckily we arrived just in time for the one to leave (4 pm). I think it was...More

Thank WorldofMike
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Not the biggest caves I have ever visited but nice anyway (would imagine perfect on a hot summers day). Interesting in the sense you can see how water levels have changed and different areas have different types of impact from thousands of years of water...More

Thank exiledblue
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

I've visited these grottos more than once and they are very interesting for both the young and older. Expert guide makes the trip worthwhile. Take a jumper, even in the summer its cool down there. Not at all claustrophobic.

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

The caves were amazing as others have written but I am not sure how expectable I found the fact they had to hack through history so we could see them. Stalactites were chopped off so we did not bang our heads and thousands of years...More

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Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

I visited several caves in this area and in other regions in Italy with kids and I certainly rank Toirano among the top three. And make a stop at the little church of Santa Lucia before leaving

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Reviewed 3 July 2017

Toirano is very close to Finale Ligure where we were for vacations. We liked the excursion - very expressive inside views. The guides are good, explained a lot, it was rather interesting. The excurison lasted 1.5 hour. I was with a kid of 3 years...More

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