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Grotte di Toirano

Via alle Grotte, 17055 Toirano, Italy
+39 0182 98062
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Great half day trip!

I've visited these grottos more than once and they are very interesting for both the young and... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
antoinette s
Savona, Italy
Great but .......

The caves were amazing as others have written but I am not sure how expectable I found the fact... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Warrington, United Kingdom
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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
+39 0182 98062
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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.

Thank antoinette s
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

Thank Onepillow
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

Thank pmarnini
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

Thank Uliana B
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We were staying in Portofeno for a couple of days, and got a rainy day. The weather north of us was better, so we looked up something interesting to do and found Grotte di Toirano. It was a couple of hours away but well worth...More

Thank Lilybet56
Reviewed 12 October 2016

As caves go, this one is maybe not as spectacular as some but the human hand and footprints left in the mud some 25,000 years ago, as well as the cave bear boneyard, makes it worth the trip. Although the tour was in Italian, the...More

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 27 September 2016

The caves are really beautiful and the guides did good explanations in the correct times. Really a great site !!!

Thank Mario T
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

First I must state that the caves are really beautiful and the guides doing great job with explanations. So yes, definitely go for a visit. This note is more for the organizers. The web site states that the caves open at 9:30. It doesn't say...More

2  Thank OlaMayer
Reviewed 9 August 2016

An attraction worth every minute visit. It is constantly a "wow- feel" during the tour. Amazing formations that you will come close with nice colors. Very good guidance in a competent manner by well-trained, serious and motivated staff. I can highly recomend this cave for...More

Thank GoeranL
Reviewed 1 August 2016

This is a spectacular underground tour of incredibly impressive limestone formations and archeological remains from the days when humans and bears lived (?) together. If you're lucky, the tour guide masters English, but even in Italian the views and sights are stunning. Bring good shoes...More

Thank Stefan L
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julie h
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