In the heart of the Trieste Karst, an area unique for its wealth of caves and cavities, is the Torri di Slivia Cave, a private cave, but open to the public, and one of the most beautiful of those that can be visited. The cave is known for being extremely concreted with stalactites, stalagmites and calcite flows of all shapes and sizes. This underground universe is expertly presented by the owner who places special emphasis on eco-sustainable tourism and environmental protection. In fact, the cave is home to several geological and scientific studies, including those related to the deposition of microplastics, which, unfortunately, also occurs in the underground environment.
Torri di Slivia Cave, from which the cave takes its name, are a group of eight concretions of different shapes and sizes, which are only a small part of the wonders this cave conceals.
The visit is easy and suitable for everyone. Once you descend the 200 steps, the cave is intimate and collected, and the thousands of concretions drape every spot where your gaze reaches.
The cave has a convenient parking lot where you can leave your car and then leave on board the Agribus, an original tractor-drawn wagon. The experience makes the visit even more impressive.
The visitable part of the cave is only a small part of the cave, which still remains partly unexplored. From the entrance, 200 steps lead down 60 meters to a first chamber where a very unusual formation, Tower Eleven, can be observed. From here, continue to a rock terrace overlooking a large hall. The grandeur of the environment is exciting. Concretions stud the vertical walls, bottom, and vault. In the middle of the latter is a shaft into which one can rappel from the outside, a popular destination for cavers.
The route is 200 steps and on a beaten surface. The road surface is not linear and can be slippery in places, but it does not present any relevant difficulties and is suitable for everyone, including children, for whom the cave is a magical and instructive environment.
The temperature inside the cave is 6°/9°. It is recommended to carry a sweatshirt or light jacket even in summer, when the temperature range is greatest. The environment has 98% humidity and the road surface can be slippery. Comfortable footwear with rubber soles or boots are mandatory.
Even the smallest concretion is formed over thousands of years, and if touched, this process is stopped beyond repair. We must preserve the beauty of the cave and respect the work of time by not touching anything.
The cave is populated by a colony of bats, and if you are lucky, you have a chance to see some fluttering around. It is absolutely necessary not to disturb them by keeping your voice low and not pointing beams of light at them.
A highly original Wild West-style wagon, without horses but pulled by a tractor, provides access to the cave entrance from the ticket area. This is the Agribus, a comfortable and safe vehicle that makes the visit even more unique.
In about 20 minutes of bush road, the Agribus leads to the entrance of the cave, which is hidden in the foliage.
The cave is open indicatively from mid-April to the end of October. There are 2 daily visiting shifts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The cave is always open on weekends and holidays; in July and August also on weekdays, in July with a morning shift, in August with a morning and an afternoon shift. The morning shift starts at 11:00 a.m., the afternoon shift with times varying according to the season.
The unit cost of the admission ticket is €16.50 for full, €9 for reduced. Reservations are required and each tour includes groups of up to 20 people. The tour is in Italian or, with audio guide, in English, German, Spanish, Slovenian, Slovak, Dutch, Hungarian, Russian, and Chinese.
The ticketing/reception area is equipped with restrooms. The facility does not have a bar or restaurant.
Torri di Slivia is also agritourism, with only overnight service, and does not offer food service. It has 4 double, triple or twin rooms with private bathrooms. Guests can rent bicycles for free to explore the surroundings.
Torri di Slivia cave is also certified as an Educational Farm and organizes activities for schools.
Le Torri di Slivia is located at Aurisina Cave in Duino Aurisina. The facility has convenient parking facilities.
The Alpe Adria Trail, a long-distance trail connecting Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli Venezia Giulia, passes through Duino.
Through this section you can request information about the cave, guided tour and booking of the experience.
Agriturismo Torri di Slivia
Aurisina Cave, 62
34011 Duino-Aurisina (TS)
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