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Grotta Zinzulusa, Castro
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Get adventurous at Grotta Zinzulusa, a karst cave between Santa Cesarea Terme and Castro Marina. Explore the cave on foot or arrive by boat, then jump in for a swim in the crystal-clear water. Many archaeological finds have been made inside the cave, including the remains of hippopotamuses, horses, rhinoceroses, elephants, and bears, as well as Neolithic and Eneolithic earthenware. English-speaking guides are often available for this tour. With our international travel planner, Castro attractions like Grotta Zinzulusa can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Ample parking available. The Grotto is absolutely worth a short stop on the journey. Spectacular Grotto, which one can commit on foot without further ADO and without Velcro findings. We were with our two young children here, and were all thrilled. You may expect but no deep cave.
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  • Castro Marina is the cave of Zinzulusa, which takes its name from a local dialect word "zinzuli" meaning "rags", because of the shape of stalactites hanging from the ceiling like rags hung. This cave is included among the 10 most important caves in the world, certainly not for its size, but for the presence of prehistoric micro organisms and endemic and constitutes an important evidence of the prehistoric age, preference and perhaps ¬ one of the most remote human dwellings in Europe. Accompanied by a guide well prepared and available to answer many questions from visitors, we passed the entrance to access a Karst Gallery penetrating the belly of the Earth for over a hundred metres progressively reducing its section until you reach the Duomo, the terminal of the stroke emerged, tourism. As a whole, from this point on, a lowering of fee leads to the submerged cave, the Chahar; inside were found living fossils that are unique in the world including underground sponges and large stalagmites on the floor, a sign of a long period of emergence of such environments. Finally the great relief work carried out to make the cave with the removal of 5-7 meters well guano accumulated over thousands of years by the presence of a large number of bats that lived in the cave. The guided tour (euro 5) lasts approximately 30 minutes and the presence of stairs and stretches of wet path recommend proper footwear.
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  • Beautiful and charming ... It seems to go back in time, amazing beauty of nature ... only thing, the cave is pretty deep, feels very air change so even if you don't suffer from claustrophobia don't think where actually there is. ..
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  • Nice cave, very deep, but not that impressive. We thought it would have been a sea cave but in fact it is not.
  • 5 million year of past is impressive
  • I went there various times. It's ok for tourists, but nothing special for geographers or for spelunkers. The cave is in bad conditions because the local agency doesn't close the cave to recover from tourism. Furthermore, buying a ticket might be challenging for tourists since it is not clearly communicated where to buy it.
  • Nice visit, incredible colours
  • Breath taking to say the least