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Along the road that leads from Claino Con Osteno to Porlezza, we are in the province of Como, on the border between Italy and Switzerland, are the Grotte di Rescia, a geological formation, unique of its kind in Northern Italy, on the eastern side of Lake Ceresio.
Caves of Rescia
The Rescia caves represent a unicum in Lombardy and, perhaps in the whole of Northern Italy. These are natural cavities that open onto the Italian side of Lake Lugano, where it is possible to admire the rock that is still being formed, a beautiful waterfall and even some plants that were unthinkable to see at these latitudes, such as papyrus. Dark, but illuminated by electricity, these caves were a tourist destination as early as 1700. A short but suggestive tour allows us to enter the belly of the mountain and discover rocks, a small lake and many other surprises, such as the Santa Giulia ravine.
It is advisable to dress appropriately, the internal temperature of the caves is low. The entrance to the caves costs 7 euros and this excursion is for the whole family, it is not difficult and is very interesting.
Caves of Rescia, ravine of Santa Giulia
I strongly advise against taking pictures with your smartphone inside the caves. A good reflex is much better. The visit to the Rescia caves can be combined with that of Claino con Osteno, or to Porlezza, two small but very suggestive places.
Caves of Rescia
The Rescia Caves are made up of seven cavities that originated within flows of travertine, commonly known as "tuff". and from the action of water which over the years has carved out a series of voids in the rock, giving rise to spectacular concretions.
Their formation is still active today and by visiting the caves you can closely observe the life of these from the fossil state to the current one.
Although for some they are unknown, these caves were already a destination for visits in 1700, in fact these caves were frequented by tourists from all over Europe, as evidenced by the painter Johann Heinrich Meyer in 1789 and the writer and geologist Johann Gottfried Ebel who in 1793 told ' of a visit to the caves of Rescia in his important "Guide to Switzerland" talking about large caves full of stalactites.
Grotte di Rescia, an internal stream
As evidence of their fame in the past, there are numerous postcards from the era created in 1933 to advertise this attraction. Today they represent a rarity on a national level linked to their origin and are the result of a single complex that was created in the early 1900s and winds along a path of about 500 m on the slopes of the mountain.
Grotte di Rescia, the entrance from the road
The visit to the Rescia caves winds along an obligatory path that leads us to the discovery of the Santa Giulia ravine, a waterfall almost 70 meters high which is located outside the caves.
After having also admired this spectacle, back inside the caves we conclude the visit, admiring the spectacular shapes of the rocks formed over the centuries.
The current tour dates back to the end of the 19th century when the seven caves of Rescia were illuminated and connected to each other. Initially, they were accessible only by boat and can be visited with the help of a local "guide", equipped with a ladder and a torch that accompanied occasional tourists.
Caves of Rescia
Along the way, it is possible to see the ancient entrance to the Rescia caves and during the visit, 14 educational panels will illustrate the characteristics of the place and the rocks, the history and geological formation.
The Rescia Caves can be reached from the A9 Milano-Chiasso motorway, Como Lago exit, then follow the SS340 towards Tavernola, up to Argegno, then SP13 to Pellio, then SP14 to destination.