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Grotte di Stiffe - S. Demetrio Ne' Vestini (AQ)

Grotte di Stiffe is one of central Italy’s most famous karst cave. The entrance is located in the rocky side near San Demetrio Ne’ Vestini. The guided tour develops for 700 meters and a river runs through the which water comes from the many sinkholes located in the karst plateau of Rocca di Mezzo. Walking along the river you will find many small lakes, rapids and waterfall up to 20 meters high. The flow depends of the season and the underground landscapes changes continuously. Inside the caves there are beautiful caverns with huge stalactite and stalagmite and suggestive sounds and visual effects created by the water. Outside the water coming out from the cave created many waterfalls.

Next to the cave you can visit L’Aquilandia, a 200 square meters theme-based museum, with 20 scale models of monuments, parks and archaeological sites belonging to the architectural and natural heritage of the Aquila area. This new attraction has educational and cultural purposes and is equipped with audio-guides in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish language dedicated to both adults and children. The attractions has also a path for blind people including 3D miniatures of monuments with Braile tactile maps. A 50 seats conference room is also available, equipped with projector and a picture library: the room can welcome school groups and meetings or seminars.

Info http://www.grottestiffe.it/

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