12 Mag Toirano Caves: where they are and how to visit them
Would you like to combine the relaxation of a seaside holiday in Liguria with a passion for nature and discovering the underground world? Then, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Toirano Caves. A true wonder of underground Liguria that is well worth discovering.
Where the Toirano caves are located?
The Toirano Caves are a well-known archaeological site in the province of Savona. Specifically, the caves are located a few kilometres from the centre of Toirano and also a few kilometres from the sea.
Right here, in the hinterland of Borghetto Santo Spirito, lies this splendid karstic complex known for its beauty and archaeological importance.
Toirano is a very small village of just over 2,000 inhabitants, but very well known precisely because of the presence of these caves. Despite being a small town, Toirano has been awarded the Orange Flag in recognition of its history and importance.
The first trace of its history dates back to Roman times, although the town was later fortified under Byzantine rule. Today, many traces remain from that period, which are on a par with those of the Middle Ages.
Toirano was awarded the Orange Flag precisely because of the beauty of its small but well-kept historic centre. The added value, however, is certainly the presence of the caves that we are going to discover together.
All you need to know about the Toirano Caves
The Toirano Caves are open to the public and can be visited. Although not all of them are accessible, they are best known for their archaeological remains. A real treat for those who love speleology and archaeology.
Being 1.5 km from the centre of Toirano, they are easily reached by those who come to the area and want to live a unique experience.
The scenery that unfolds before the eyes is one that sticks in the mind. Immersed among white limestone rocks, these caves have much to tell.
One enters the Grotta della Bàsura and is catapulted into an immersive experience, amidst crystalline concretions, human footprints and prehistoric remains that have been dated as dating back to the Lower Palaeolithic.
The Lower Grotta of St Lucia can also be visited and here one encounters beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. From here, you then reach the Upper Grotta of St Lucia, which is open and offers a sheer view of the valley. A memorable spectacle.
Opening hours and how to visit the caves
Entrance to the Toirano Caves, which is subject to a fee, is possible every day throughout the year. Those who wish to visit the Ethnographic Museum on site are reminded that the closing day is Tuesday.
Some of Liguria’s most beautiful and characteristic tourist destinations can be reached from Toirano, so those who also wish to enjoy the Ligurian sea and beaches will be able to do so with ease.
This is an opportunity not to be missed if you want to live an experience of the kind that will remain in your memory forever. A walk through the village of Toirano is then a must, to breathe the air of a remote past that still lives here.