Visit Castelcivita Caves
Castelcivita caves lie in the Cilento and Vallo di Diano Nationbal Park, in the province of Salerno, not far from the Archaeological site of Paestum (25 km). It is one of the largest speleological areas in Southern Italy, about 4800 meters long. The underground cavity system, opens at 94 meter of altitude, between the banks of the river Calore and the southwestern slope of the Alburni mountains. It shows us a suggestive scene of galleries, wide spaces and straits, dug by the action of the millenary karst erosion.
The hypogeum system is divided into three different routes, this partition allows to pass from a properly tourist distance (1200m), to a distance outside the path (3.000m, for tourists and amateurs) that, through spectacular atmospheres, adorns of imposing and eccentrics limestone formations, leads till a wide defined water river basin, the “Sifone lake”, while the third path is only for speleologists, the caves ends with a lake named “Lago Terminale”.
In 1972 following many speleological explorations, Castelcivita caves earn a great paleontological prominence thanks to the discovering and the locating of interesting archeological deposits just at the cavity entry.
Discovered fossil remains and stone tools are the evidence of the human presence dating back to 40.000 years ago.
Opening times and costs:
- January, February open only on reservation
- March: Morning 10:30 12:00 - Afternoon 13:30 15:00
- From April to September: Morning 10:30 12:00 13:30 - Afternoon 15:00 16:30 18:00
- October: Morning 10:30 12:00 - Afternoon 13:30 15:00
- November and December open only on reservation
Full price ticket € 10,00
- Over 65
- Group over 20 persons (the reservation for groups of more than 20 people is required at least one day before)
DURATION 1 hour