Frasassi Caves

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Grotte di Frasassi
(Frasassi Caves)
View of the caves
Map showing the location of Grotte di Frasassi  (Frasassi Caves)
Map showing the location of Grotte di Frasassi  (Frasassi Caves)
Location of the caves in Italy
Location Italy Frasassi, Genga
(AN, Marche, Italy)
Coordinates 43°24′03″N 12°57′43″E / 43.40083°N 12.96194°E / 43.40083; 12.96194Coordinates: 43°24′03″N 12°57′43″E / 43.40083°N 12.96194°E / 43.40083; 12.96194
Depth 400 m
Altitude 300 m
Discovery 1971
Geology Karst cave
Entrances 1
Access Public
Show cave opened 1974[1]
Show cave length 5,000 m
Website Official website
A column of stalactites and stalagmites

The Frasassi Caves (Italian: Grotte di Frasassi) are a remarkable karst cave system in the municipality of Genga, Italy, in the province of Ancona, Marche. They are among the most famous show caves in Italy.


The caves, discovered by a group of Ancona speleologists in 1971,[2] are situated 7 kilometres (4 miles) south of Genga, near the civil parish of San Vittore and the Genga-San Vittore railway station (Rome-Ancona line).

Rich in water, the cave system is particularly well endowed with stalactites and stalagmites.

Scientific experiments[edit]

The cave has been used to conduct experiments in chronobiology. Among the cavers that have spent considerable amount of time inside the cave is the Italian sociologist Maurizio Montalbini, who died in 2009.


Sister caves[edit]

Frasassi is partnered with several sister caves[3] around the world:

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