Pertosa Caves

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Grotte di Pertosa
(Pertosa Caves)
Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta / Grotte dell'Angelo[1]
Entrance to the caves
Map showing the location of Grotte di Pertosa (Pertosa Caves)
Map showing the location of Grotte di Pertosa (Pertosa Caves)
Location of the caves in Italy
(SA, Campania, Italy)
Coordinates40°32′12.98″N 15°27′19.84″E / 40.5369389°N 15.4555111°E / 40.5369389; 15.4555111Coordinates: 40°32′12.98″N 15°27′19.84″E / 40.5369389°N 15.4555111°E / 40.5369389; 15.4555111
Length3,000 m
Elevation263 m
GeologyKarst cave
Show cave opened1932
Show cave length1,200 m[2]
WebsiteOfficial website
The underground lake.

The Pertosa Caves (Italian: Grotte di Pertosa), co-officially named Pertosa-Auletta Caves (Italian: Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta)[3] since 2012, are a karst show cave system located in the municipality of Pertosa, in the province of Salerno, Campania, Italy.


The caves, also named Grotte dell'Angelo as many Italian voids in honour of St. Michael, are extended also into the territories of Auletta and Polla.[4][5]

They are situated by the eastern side of Alburni mountains, in the locality of Muraglione, 3 km (1.9 mi) in south of Pertosa and close to its railway station. Due to the presence of Tanagro river the caves are rich of water and, after the main entrance, there is an underground lake.


The caves were the set of some scenes of 1998 Italian horror film The Phantom of the Opera,[6] directed by Dario Argento.

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