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Grotte di Equi

Via Buca 9 | Equi Terme, 54013 Equi Terme, Italy
+39 338 581 4482
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Fun filled visit

We went twice - once to zip line and once to visit the caves and climb the trail.this was only... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Diana S
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Hidden gem

Managed by a cooperative of young people from the region, they bring visitors and prosperity to a... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
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The Geo-Archeo Park, near Equi Terme in the territory of the Comune of Fivizzano, on the Lunigiana slopes of the Apuan Alps Regional Park (Tuscany), is a complex of sites of great naturalistic, geological, paleontological, and archaeological interest, comprising the Grotte cave system and museum, the Tecchia prehistoric rock shelter and related archaeological exhibition and the open-air geo-nature trails. The Grotte The fascinating Grotte di Equi caves complex is an extensive underground karst system modelled over the millennia by water, which as it penetrated fractures in the rock formed cavities, tunnels, halls, stalactites, stalagmites, and enchanting underground lakes. The outfitted cave tour itinerary begins in the Buca, the 'fossil' portion of the complex, known since the 1700s, and continues into the splendid 'living' Grotte with their active formations, discovered in 1985. An underground torrent runs through the Equi caves and surfaces near the entrance, as the 'Buca' karst spring, before running into the Fagli stream. Next door to the reception centre is the exhibition centre, with information panels, audio-visual presentations, and a faithful reconstruction of the prehistoric cave-bear. The Geo-Nature Trails Outside the caves, the geo-nature trails offer a unique opportunity to study the protected flora of the Apuan Alps. Among the geological features along the trails are the Buca and Barilla karst springs and, visible in bird's-eye perspective from a suspended bridge, the Buca dei Serpi, a 'giant's kettle', a peculiar surface formation created by the erosive action of stones carried by turbulent water. The inaccessible vertical rock faces characteristic of the area offer an ideal nesting habitat for many species of birds of considerable naturalistic interest, while the caves provide shelter for several species of bats that hibernate there during the winter and, in summer, sleep away the hot daylight hours. The Tecchia and the Archaeological Exhibition One of the principal attractions in the Geo-Archeo Park area is the Tecchia di Equi, an internationally-renowned archaeological/paleontological site comprising a vast outer 'plaza' called the Riparo, and a cave-shelter that extends about 30 metres back into the rock face. The Tecchia is known above all for the great quantity of bones of now-extinct animals typical of a dynamic glacial/temperate climate and in particular of the cave bear (Ursus spelaeus). The excavations, begun in 1911, have also brought to light evidence of human use in the Middle Palaeolithic, the Copper Age, the Bronze Age and even in medieval times. The long history of the Tecchia and of the excavations, now open to the public, is recounted in the archaeological exhibition at the site, where many finds relating to the cave bear and human artefacts, including very recent discoveries, are on display.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Via Buca 9 | Equi Terme, 54013 Equi Terme, Italy
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went twice - once to zip line and once to visit the caves and climb the trail.this was only because for our first visit, we did not completely think it through and forgot sweatshirts. You will need them! We were very well assisted at...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Managed by a cooperative of young people from the region, they bring visitors and prosperity to a village that would otherwise be almost deserted. Very friendly guide Francesca, particularly talented at explaining things to children. Easy access via the Aulla-Lucca railway (a branch always at...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Very friendly and accommodating staff, we were the only English visitors that afternoon yet the guide repeated everything in Italian and English for us. Interesting tour with lots to see. Finishing at the rock shelter and seeing the excavation in-progress was superb.

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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Very special sight. Guide spoke good English. It was worth of driving curvy roads up and down the hills. Impressive piece of nature and a bit scary, not for claustrofobics. Wear a good pair of shoes.

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Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

If you like exploring the beauty and wonders of nature, Grotte di Equi and Equi Terme is a place you should not miss. The scenery is beautiful and the cave is amazingly beautiful, proving once again that nature can create wonderful things. Another wonderful thing...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2016

worth at look at if you are in the area accessible by train from lucca approx. 1and half hour journey

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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Lots of diversity at this site. Give yourself at least an hour to visit the museum and hike the nature trails. The visit to the Stone Age Grotto is spectacular. Seeing where the river exits the underground is amazing. The artifacts in the museum are...More

1  Thank Gallio182
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

My daughter and I went to the grotto for an afternoon trip. A beautiful little village. We had a guided tour of the grotto that went for about 1 hour. You can also explore the archaeological site. The guide was very informative and spoke English...More

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Reviewed 25 September 2015

If you are into caves these are magnificent. According to your fitness one can choose the depth and length of your visit. You can do the 1nhour or much tougher tours. It does get crowded. Which is not my thing. But I could not help...More

1  Thank Patruke
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Reviewed 18 March 2015

Interesting. The guides are friendly and competent.The caves are generally narrow and you can't see amazing things but we enjoyed the visit anyway. Recommended for families.

Thank Caffe F
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Dear Ms. Zoe, in Equi Terme there is a spa with swimming pools, where the water temperature is about 20-22 degrees. It will open in the summer. Greetings
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