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From Todi to Orvieto, through Spoleto and Parrano: discovering the natural Umbrian caves

A fascinating, mysterious and almost surreal journey bringing you into direct contact with the land’s roots: paths and itineraries far from the space and time

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Umbria is an ideal destination to explore inspiring natural caves, suitable both for beginners and for those with technical expertise.

A fascinating, mysterious and almost surreal journey will bring you into direct contact with the land’s roots: paths and itineraries far from the space and time.

Organize your excursion by contacting one of the several speleological guides able to accompany you safely through this unforgettable experience.

The area among Todi and Orvieto offers several places of high geological interest.

The Grotta dei Pozzi della Piana is a "must" destination for caving enthusiasts thanks to its enchanting natural beauty and landscape.

It opens with 5 access points on the right shore of the Forello Gorges, 150 metres above the current course of the Tiber river.

It extends across the upper part of a wide bank of travertine along an itinerary of almost 2500 metres and with a maximum depth of 25 metres.

A network of tunnels and galleries develops inside it, with different formations and deposits of evaporitic rocks.

The Cave of Chiocchio, in Spoleto, is one of Italy's most famous and visited caves. 

Its internal journey offers a first sub-horizontal part, with wide halls and narrow tunnels eroded and shaped by waters, followed by a huge vertically developed area, with waterfall wells, reaching the notable depth of 514 metres.

Near Avigliano Umbro, in the small village of Santa Restituta, is the Grotta Bella.

Located in the foothills inside a a wooded area, it opens on the slopes of Mount L’Aiola that represents the easternmost offshoot of Amerini Mountains.

The cavity presents a larger diameter of about 40 metres and a maximum height of about 10 metres; next to the main entrance hall are a series of lateral tunnels rich in stalactite and stalagmite concretions.

In the direction of Orvieto, you will find the Tane del Diavolo (Devil's dens), an articulated complex of caves of karstic origin that are located on the slopes of the hill on which the village of Parrano stands, on the walls of a gorge, along the Bagno trench.

The complex can be visited by appointment thanks to the creation of a specially prepared route and no particular technical skills are required.

Nearby there is also the Forra del Bagno, which offers a pleasant  canyoning descent. After more than half an hour of walking, in correspondence of a dyke, you can start the canyoning route in the trench with a path among small lakes, natural tobogans and short rapids that can be overcome by fording you reach two thermal lakes where you can regenerate yourself with a nice bath.

The complex is today open upon booking thanks to the construction of a properly arranged itinerary and particular technical skills are not necessary.

Furthermore, close to the complex there is the gorge of Bagno, that offers very funny insights for a canyoning descent. After over half an hour of walking, in correspondence of a dyke, you can begin walking along the trench, with a path between lakes and bits of whtewater and short rapids that can be forded, you reach two thermal pools where you can recharge with a nice soak.