Grotta Gigante, Sgonico

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The largest naturally occurring cavern in Europe, Grotta Gigante was discovered in 1840 during a search for underground water sources for the town’s aqueduct. Take a tour, available in Italian or English, and head down the 500 steps, past ancient stalactites and stalagmites, stopping to take in the views. After the tour, visit the nearby museum of speleology to learn more about the formation of the caves and see some interesting geological and paleontological finds, as well as a poster collection depicting the cave. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sgonico using our trip planner.
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  • Was definitely a once in a lifetime experience, from the outside you'd never that under your feet there is a cave so huge, so ancient and with thousands of places that capture your attention. We were pleasantly surprised, thanks also to the guide that explained very well and sent us the passion for his work. Don't be put off by 500 steps down and the 500 stairs to climb, everyone is free to walk at its pace and it was doable even for a lazy like me;)
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  • We visited the giant cave almost by accident, on the advice of the owner of the bed and breakfast in Trieste where we stayed. We had never heard of it but since we had some time to spare we decided to go and see her. Without even moving it, we used a very comfortable bus that leaves from the Centre of Trieste and stops 300 metres from the cave. I must say that it is beautiful. Not easy to visit, 580 steps (if I remember correctly!) to go before downhill and then uphill, but if I made it that I'm not sure I can do it all! coached Exciting, and in addition we had a splendid guide, prepared, nice and very understanding of its time lifts:-) Recommend for anyone who is in the area not to lose it
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  • I love these things and being in the area I didn't want to lose her. From Trieste by a convenient bus line, along a scenic route, we drove up here: I had read a few reviews of 300 steps but at the ticket I read that are 500 downhill and uphill. With my wife wanted to give it up, but then we went down to make a comparison with those of Frasassi or Castellana (which in the end I think it is the most beautiful). The cave is big, the nature she enjoyed, the guide very good .... but the vision on the opposite wall of the stairs Ascend!! Thanks to the lady that was doing as a guide, we covered the rise in small steps, in the many breaks we educated the karst while young disappeared from view at the end calmly and without breath we exited, happy for the vision and for the enterprise of two in their seventies.
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  • The biggest cave in Europe! It is a must to see!! Amazing beautiful and huge chamber!! You can entry only with a guide...there are many people...so we entry the cave with 60 other people. The guide was talking in Italian but at the end he answered all our qualifications in English and told us very interesting details :)
  • Amazing place! Recommended to visit! Excursions start every hour at 00 min. Take a warm close with you.
  • Excellent caves, deep. Good infrastructure. Stalactites and stalagmites have become art pieces
  • Guided tours on the full hour! Great stuff, biggest cave compartment on the world.. great organisation and experience!
  • Much bigger than you expect, awe inspiring. Worth the trip!
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