Castelcivita cave

Grotte di Castelcivita
(Castelcivita Caves)
Grotte di Spartaco
Entrance to the caves
Location of the caves in Italy
Location Italy Castelcivita
(SA, Campania, Italy)

40°29′44″N 15°12′32″E / 40.49556°N 15.20889°E / 40.49556; 15.20889Coordinates: 40°29′44″N 15°12′32″E / 40.49556°N 15.20889°E / 40.49556; 15.20889

Length 5,000 m
Altitude 94 m
Geology Karst cave
Entrances 1
Access Public
Show cave length 1,700 m

The Castelcivita Caves[1] (Italian: Grotte di Castelcivita) are a remarkable karst cave system located in the municipality of Castelcivita (and partially in Controne), in the province of Salerno, Campania. They are some remarkable show caves of Italy an the most ones, with Pertosa, in their province.


Their second name, Spartacus Caves; is due to a popular fact[2] (not verified) telling that the roman gladiator used the caves as a shelter during its march from Brundisium[3] to the final battle of Silarus river, this one close to the town of Castelcivita.

Situated in an area near Calore lucano river and close to the western side of the Alburni mountains, they are 3 km far from Castelcivita and 3 from Controne, and close to a zone named Ponte Paestum (i.e. Paestum Bridge). The length of touristic area is of 1.7 km and the total extension of the voids is of 3 km.

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External links

  • (Italian) (English) Grotte di Castelcivita official site
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