Grotta di Castelcivita

Castelcivita is a town located on the western slope of the Alburni Mountains 2 towns over  from Sant' Angelo.  Castelcivita, at a population of  about 2,120,  is more than twice the size of Sant' Angelo and Corleto.  The cave or grotto in this town is perhaps the best known in the area to local and European tourists (the grotto of nearby Pertosa is also a popular tourist magnet).  The cave in Castelcivita is a long horizontal cave (therefore easy to walk), although the second half is often underwater and not part of the standard tour. The cave and has several  enormous, cathedral-like caverns. Prehistoric people inhabited this cave in the stone age and it was also a temporary refuge for Spartacus during his slave revolt (73-71 BC). 


 

The crackerjack spelunking team.

Near the entrance to the cave.

Stalagmites, stalactites & columns

Two huge columns on the right are formed when stalactities (hanging from the ceitlig) and stalagmites (growing up from the ground) merge. Look closley to see the many stalgmites and stalactities in the background.

These photos don't capture the beauty of the place.

Many stactites forming on the ceiling.

"Snow" on the rocks.

We are in the belly of the Alburni mountains which are made up of limestone. Water seeping through the rocks extracts the calcium carbonate and other minerals and deposits it on the rocks to form a layer of white that looks very much like snow.

A stalagmite.

Interesting shape of stalctite.

It is a bit chilly in here.

And of course what is a cave without bats.

There are two bats resting from the ceiling, one on the far left and one on the center right.