Caves in Romagna design a map of the subterranean, mysterious region. From the hypogeal cavities of Santarcangelo to the legend of king Tiberius, many stops will make your journey very adventurous!
Romagna’s peaks host different cavities hewn out of the rock, inside which you will discover mysteries, legends and ancient traditions. The most charming natural caves include those of Frasassi, where you can admire shapes and colors created by water over many centuries; stalactites and stalagmites will leave you astounded also in the halls of the caves of Onferno.
The Park of the Chalk Veneer (Parco della Vena del Gesso) hosts the legend of king Tiberius, according to which the Ostrogothic king would have found shelter from a death prophecy by hiding in a subterranean cave: it seems as if his ghost were still there, devoted to keeping a hidden treasure… The pits of Sogliano are less mysterious, but just as old; the village dwellers keep the renowned local pit cheese in them, perpetuating a usage whose origin is lost in time.
Caves of Onferno
The name “Onferno” has replaced the more ancient tone of “Infernum” or “Inferno”… among the rooms and corridors of the grottoes, hewn out of the rocks over centuries by a small watercourse, you can undertake a true subterranean journey.
At the core of the Parco delle Foreste Casentinesi, river Rabbi sharply falls among the rocks and digs a deep pool at the foot of the cascade: give yourself a refreshing bath, immersed in clear water and surrounded by the green of the wood.
Parco della Vena del Gesso
The Park of the Chalk Veneer, close to Brisighella, comprehends some grey silver peaks made of ancient outcrops of chalk. The friable rock is crossed by different grottoes, whose most famous one is that of king Tiberius.
Santarcangelo has a secret face, marked by hundreds grottoes and subterranean caves: their origin is lost in time, and is still surrounded by mystery. Some people believe they were used for religious rituals, but scholars disagree: early-Chrystian cults, secret worship of god Mithras… Over the following centuries they were used to keep the Sangiovese wine, which has a very long tradition here: it even seems that this wine draws its name from Mount Giove, at whose slopes the village of Santarcangelo is situated.
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