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Review of Grotte di Toirano

Grotte di Toirano
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Toirano
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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 11 August 2018 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 hot day, the ambient temperature inside is a pleasant 16 degrees!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 29 July 2018 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 through and is several degrees cooler underground ,which in our case was pleasant .It's well lit with handrails throughout and is very impressive . My two loved it . When you come out make sure you walk up to the old church it's a great view and very Interesting. Well worth a visit

Date of experience: July 2018
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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 the last one of the day and I think you better check tour times before coming because you might not be as lucky as we were. The rock formations are truly amazing and it was quite interesting to see petrified human foot prints from prehistoric times. I suggest you bring a light jacket because it's quite humid inside. Warning: You have to walk a steep hill to reach the entrance of the cave complex and the walk inside can be strenuous at times.

Date of experience: April 2018
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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 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
Thank antoinette s
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