The Cervo cave is the heart of the Pietrasecca Caves Special Nature Reserve. The environment is preserved in its natural condition: there are no walkways, the cave is not artificially illuminated, the visits take place accompanied by qualified guides. In implementation of the provisions of the L.R. 25/2004, the three levels of visits are articulated with increasing duration and commitment.
The first level visit is accessible to anyone in self-sufficient motor conditions (suitable for walking an easy hiking trail) as long as they are at least 4 years old. Children cannot be held in the arms during the excursion and the maximum collaboration of parents is required in the management of their needs.
The times for the descents are: 10: 00-11.30-15.00-16.30 by telephone booking at no. 3201715968
The caves are open every weekend (Sat-Sun) of the year (except for communications) and on the occasion of special events (adequately advertised). In August they will be open every day
For reservations and info: 3201715968.
LEVEL 1 VISIT PROGRAM – maximum duration 1.5 hours (from departure to return – about an hour in the cave). Available times: 10:00 -11: 30 -15: 00 -16: 30 (max 25 people per group) Arrival is required at least 20 minutes before the chosen time. MANDATORY CLOTHING: Trekking or sports shoes with sculpted sole. Helmet provided on site by the managers. RECOMMENDED CLOTHING: Comfortable and warm clothing at your discretion. This visit program is the most accessible and along the way you can admire the imposing millenary concretions present. Thanks to its particular formations, the Grotta del Cervo is one of the most appreciated and studied in central Italy. During the journey, the guide will illustrate the formation processes and the history of the karst complex of the Reserve. It is allowed to take photos and videos at the times indicated by the guide.
LEVEL 2 VISIT PROGRAM – max duration 2.5 hours (from departure to return – about 2 hours in the cave) Available times: 11:30 (max 10 people) MANDATORY CLOTHING: Boots, waders, helmet and gloves provided on site by the managers. RECOMMENDED CLOTHING: Comfortable and warm clothing at your discretion. A change of clothes.
This visit program is accessible to all those who have carried out the first level visit and have shown that they have understood and shared the methods of visiting the cave. The age limits vary according to the composition and type of the group and its degree of knowledge and homogeneity. More information is given in the cave during the 1st level visit.
The visit takes place along the continuation of the concreted gallery beyond the ancestors’ room where the first visit ended.
The environments are always majestic and the technical difficulties to be faced are resolved in three steps:
– overcoming some rocks where you learn the typical progression of a cave in “opposition”
– ford of a small lake where you bathe at leg height
– overcoming a short bottleneck (similar to going under a table)
The visit to the 2nd level is a more intense cave experience both for its longer duration and for the minimal technical difficulties it offers.
These difficulties have already been extensively tested and overcome with fun by participants of various categories, age groups, etc.
LEVEL 3 VISIT PROGRAM – maximum duration 8 hours (approximately 7 hours of stay in the cave) This is a complete speleological visit with overcoming vertical jumps, long distances in the water, etc. For more information, please call 3201715968.
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VISITS IN THE OVITO TOWER
VISITS TO THE OVITO CAVE
The Ovito cave is an active sinkhole in which the presence of water is constant and unavoidable. For more information, please call 3201715968.
In the Reserve, in addition to the underground cavities, there are three important geosites which, as part of the specific environmental education activities, can be visited with exceptional teachers, geologists, researchers and experts on the subject.
VISITS TO THE GEOSITES OF THE RESERVE
In the Reserve, in addition to the underground cavities, there are three important geosites, which, as part of the specific environmental education activities, can be visited with exceptional teachers, geologists, researchers, experts in the subject.
TRAILS OF THE RESERVE – The paths of the reserve are freely accessible. The paper version of the trail map is available at the Municipality of Carsoli, the Reception Center of the Reserve and the various pro-sites. Furthermore, it is freely downloadable from the site of the Municipality of Carsoli:
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES:
Environmental education activities are mainly aimed at primary and secondary schools they are conducted by professors with a Specialized Degree Diploma, experts in the subject matter of the various courses.
The environmental education activities mainly concern geological and paleontological, botanical, faunistic, archaeological themes with particular specificity aimed at the naturalistic emergencies of the reserve.
The environmental education activities, upon reservation, can also be enjoyed by non-school groups of people.
For more information, please call 3201715968.