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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 represents the ideal destination for explorations of inspiring natural caves, suitable both for beginners and people 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 who could accompany you safely through this unforgettable experience.

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

The Cave of the Plain’s Wells is an almost unmissable destination for enthusiasts of speleology thanks to its enchanting natural and scenic beauty. 

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

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 the Italian most famous and busiest 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, until reaching the notable depth of 514 metres.

The Beautiful Cave is located in the small village of St. Restituta, near Avigliano Umbro.

Placed 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 height, at its highest point, of about 10 metres; next to the main entrance hall depart a series of lateral tunnels rich in stalactite and stalagmite concretions.

Instead, moving towards Orvieto, you will find the Nests of the Devil, a well-organized complex of caves of carsic origin located on the slopes of the mountain where the village of Parrano is situated, on the walls of a gorge, along the plunge of Bagno.

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 march, in correspondence of a bridle, you can start a canyoning tour in the plunge, Following an itinerary among small lakes, natural tobogans and small rapids that can be forded, you can reach two thermal lakes where you can regenerate with a good bath.