From 6 August 2021 to access the Castelcivita Caves
it is mandatory to present your Green Pass (COVID-19 Green Certification).
At the gates of Cilento National Park and the Vallo di Diano, in Salerno Province, the Castelcivita Caves are among the most extensive speleological wonders in all of southern Italy, stretching for nearly 4800 meters [3 miles]. This underground world of caverns lies between the banks of the Calore River and the southwestern slope of the Alburni Mountains. The mouth of the cave is 94 meters [1/2 mile] above sea level and immediately reveals a breath-taking scene of dark tunnels, wide spaces, and narrow but well-lit passages carved by nature after a millennia of natural erosion. Take a tour and see for yourself.
is 1200 meters long [3/4 mile] and takes about 1 hour to walk [orange line on map]. Arrange a special “spooky and scary” tour of the cave with the lights off, at 3 p.m., on a Saturday or Sunday.
Highly recommended for those who wish to immerge themselves in relaxing silence. For the gourmets, try the home-town home-made food in the restaurant, starting with fresh rolls and spicy potatoes, to the mountain-grown porcini mushrooms. The price and quality of the food is very good. You will be pampered by the boys at the bar and in the hall.
Beautiful speleological experience in Castelcivita, guided by an expert who points out special formations and explains the history of the caves. The advanced tour is an in-depth journey that lasts about 3 hours, with minimum physical effort and suitable clothing. Absolutely do, if you are in the area. Visit the outside bar and restaurant where typical local products are available.
Absolutely a must-see, especially in the dark. Suggest a meal in the restaurant -- try the Controne beans -- at 1 p.m. and then the lights-off tour at 3 p.m.