#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrottediFrasassi #caves #Italy

Le Grotte di Frasassi / The Frasassi Caves

Today I went on an adventure into the subterranean complex of the Frasassi Caves. They extend  for 30 km on 8 geological levels and is one of the largest and most fascinating subterranean routes in the world.Starting with the mixture of bicarbonate water from the Sentino River and the mineral sulfurous water coming from below, formed  the magic world of the Frasassi Caves. A scenery rich in carved stalactites and stalagmites, small lakes of crystal-clear water and suggestive alabaster spears. The singular karst environment constitutes a delicate and unique subterranean ecosystem which is constantly monitored by the Frasassi Consortium together with researchers throughout  the world.

Only 46 years ago on September 27, 1971, some young men were out hiking on a hot windless day when they noticed a bush rustling. Thinking it was an animal they went to investigate and realized it was a slight breeze coming from a tiny opening in the ground. They began digging around the opening to make it bigger and came to a type of tunnel with a hole at the end, they dropped a stone and counted 5 seconds before they heard it hit anything, this was an indication that what was to be discovered was big. Thus was discovered the first room called “Abyss Ancona”

Upon visiting the caves, you park your car then get in line for your tickets to see the caves on a guided tour, today we had no line, woohoo! Then while waiting for your bus to take you up to the entrance you can get something to eat. The tour is a walk of about 1 hour and 15 minutes accessible to everybody at a temperature of 14 degrees constant all the year round. 

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

The waiting area, where you can have local dishes of food, a cold drink or just use the restroom before your tour.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

Once we arrive we are sectioned off according to what language tour we will receive. Then we are taken into the mountain. The walk is a few minutes, it’s cold and damp but really exciting.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

These are the different rooms we will go into, well we actually will only visit 1,2,3 & 4. The other rooms are for more complex tours.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

The map, we actually only go to the first part of the green area.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

THE GIANTS In the middle of the hall the group of millenary stalagmites called “the giants” dominates. Considering the diameter (from 2 mt to 5 mt) and the height (from 1,50 mt to 20 mt), they are certainly the most impressive stalagmites of the cave.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

This particular giant is called Dante, because he has the profile of the famous Dante Alighieri

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

These rooms were huge, my photos don’t even do them justice.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

This was named tissue paper because of how this stalactites is formed.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

If you zoom into the middle the 3 stalagmites are called “The 3 dwarfs”.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

close up and personal, I want to touch it but it is not allowed. The olis from the human hand turns it black!

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

When this room was discovered the researchers were scared half out of their wits!!! Thinking there was a witch in there with them. It is just the shadow of a stalagmite formation.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

Stalactites just hanging and dripping, forever forming.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

up close it seems like wax

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

The room of candles. this room is amazing even on the water it looks as if the wax is floating.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

Looking of our path down a hole it is a river with a light at the end.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

Theses stalactites look like tissue paper and as almost as thin but much stronger.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

I was just in awe.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

Look there is another room down there.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

Photo with a flash, just amazing all the movement in the formations.

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

I wandered away from the group and saw this.

 

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

The light behind these stalactites is just hypnotizing, looks like a campfire.

 

#FrasassiCaves #LeMarcheMagic #LeMarche #Ancona #GrotteDiFrasassi #caves #Italy

The room of candles.  

 

I must say this was really a wonderful adventure to experience, especially on a very hot day.

Click here on Frasassi Caves for more information, I hope you enjoyed this post.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

 

© all photos taken by Issa 2017

13 thoughts on “Le Grotte di Frasassi / The Frasassi Caves

  1. calmkate says:

    wow wow wow Issa what a great article and stunning photos, well done you 🙂

    As a caver who has spent more than 100 hours underground, and not in grand tour caves like this I can assure you this is much more civilised than our main complex under the desert where we have only explored 34 kms over 4 levels and there is always more …

    Have missed you Issa, so glad you are still blogging 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Le Marche Magic. says:

      WOW, back at-cha!!! exploring caves are exciting and even scary. A month ago we went exploring caves in southern Italy and we had to jump off the boat and swim into a small opening then into a cave to find a beach. I had to muster up lots of courage but it was well worth it.
      I had family visiting for 5 weeks, they left yesterday, so I am back!!! 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      • calmkate says:

        yes we have underwater caves here but it is far too deadly so never tried that one but have been into some sheer magic holes that most can never imagine … pure fairy lands of pristine crystal and humungeous lakes shimmering like billions of diamonds from the calcite deposit on the surface .. that was a long visit but you’ve been off air much longer than that 😦

        Liked by 1 person

      • Le Marche Magic. says:

        Sounds like magic! I am sure that Australia so much undiscovered parts that can take one to the beginning of time.
        I have so much to explore still here…. I guess your right about my time but I did post under the blog “sometimes I leave the Marche” Thank you Kate for missing me, this helps to know that what I am doing is important and I must continue writing & exploring, it’s too easy to stop. Thank You again Kate for being the wonderful woman you are!

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s