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Review of Grotte di Toirano

Grotte di Toirano
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Toirano
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
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 filtration. Only negative was the guide did not always wait until the whole group was close enough to hear. It was in Italian and I dont know if other languages are spoken at busier times

Date of experience: January 2018
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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.

Date of experience: June 2017
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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 where cut away for us to walk through. Difficult balance to allow all to see with out causing such bad disturbance and I think they went to far.
Added note we arrived before they reopened at 2am got our ticket once they opened and then waited 40 minutes at the cave before we could enter. We were also in an Italian tour which they did not tell us. Not a problem but my Italian was not up to keeping up with what she said.
Lost rating because of damage caused to the caves not the actual caves themselves.

Date of experience: September 2017
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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

Date of experience: July 2017
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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 old, we passed the way without any problems.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Uliana B
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