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Approximately 1 km from the town, at the foot of a karst valley, an impressive network of caves was discovered in 1927, now known as the Grotte di Pastena.

They are considered to be some of the most interesting natural grottoes in Italy. Some rocks date back to the Mesozoic era, and are between eighty and fifty million years old.  There are guided tours of the caves for visitors (but generally only in Italian).  

From  the entrance chamber run two tunnels. One branch measures 2217 metres and is still active, through which flows the subterranean river course of  Fossa Mastro. This leads to what is known as the Blue Lake Room and the Occhialone Room where during the autumn and winter months the river forms a small waterfall.  At present the rest of this branch can only be explored by experienced cavers.

The second section is known as the Fossil Branch, as it is now dry and inactive.  It measures 900 metres in length and is suitable for visitors to tour.  

The cave entrance chamber is adorned with numerous stalactites and stalagmites, and  the following tunnel is named after the cave’s first explorer Franchetti.  This in turn leads to the Weeping Willow Room.  

From here a short tunnel leads to the highest point of the cave (200 metres above sea level) called the Bat Chamber, which was once the home of a large colony of bats. Next is the Gallery of Wonders,  followed by the  Room of Pillars and finally Mount Calvary Room.  The entry ticket includes a visit to the above fore-mentioned Museum of Country Life in Pastena.

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