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Grotta del Genovese, Levanzo

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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  • During my trip to Cantabria in 2011 I wanted to visit the cave of Altamira. I was deeply disappointed because the tour of the cave and its vaunted cave paintings was only virtual. The visit of Genovese cave, with its extraordinary graffiti and the remarkable rock paintings, is true and was able to get my emotions indenticabili: thousands of years ago our ancestors wanted to make us partakers of their life and they succeeded! Levanzo is the smallest of the aegadian Islands, with just 200 inhabitants. Visits to the cave are well organized by a cooperative, managed by the Ministry of cultural and environmental heritage of Trapani (note to reviewers skeptics expressing inappropriate judgments). The cave is located opposite to the town and can be reached, depending on sea conditions, by boat or from land by Jeep. The cave entrance is impractical for a short distance, you have to bend down, then you open a large lounge and the first paintings are immediately visible. Well organized the visit, under the professional guidance of Mr. Christmas. A small generator powers the lights outside the cave, which allow a perfect view of graffiti and paintings. The cave walls contain two important cycles of prehistoric art: a naturalistic referable to the Upper Paleolithic period (ca. 10,000 b.c.), with representations of animals in rock carvings, and one made up of a series of monochromatic figures schematics of the Neolithic age (about 5,000 b.c.). The carvings bring a new note in the panorama of prehistoric rock art; animal style is decidedly naturalist and reveals in artists a technique polished graphics and sure gives a profound and vivid representations of reality. Numerous Neolithic cave paintings open a window on human life at that time, among many others, the first known paintings of tuna and dolphin. In my opinion a vacation to the Egadi Islands cannot be separated from the visit to the cave of Genovese Levanzo. Not to be missed!
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  • The cave is very impressive and the Lord that Cicero is very good also the boatman is cute! Why three stars? Disproportionate cost in my opinion.
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  • The cave is definitely interesting. The visit consists of 20 "led by the master of the cave (is a privately owned); necessarily book (there are few visits per day) and can be accessed in two ways: either by boat, from the harbor with 22.50 € each, or walk through a very hilly inland route of about an hour, with which you only pay the visit with 10 € per head (always by booking before, even that morning, if there are too many people). Ignoring controversy about the perhaps excessive price (we went around on foot, for the love of nature and good walking and also definitely to save some), it is necessary to make some criticisms. The visit is very interesting, the cave is certainly an asset both for the lucky owners either for the entire island and its history. However despite the efforts, good will and also its prowess in the presentation by the owner, I think it would be a good investment to hire staff that studies or has studied such things, able to bring explanation to a higher level and with a better level of English. At least for the summer months! And with that price.
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