Grotta dei Dossi

Cave of Dossi aka Grotta superiore dei Dossi - Dossi Higher Cave


Useful Information

Location: In Dossi, west of Villanova Mondovì, 16 ESE of Cuneo. Motorway A6 Torino-Savona, exit Mondovì, follow signs to Villanova Mondovì, at town turn right. Signposted.
Open: All year Sun 15-18. AUG and school holidays daily 15-18. [2002]
Fee: Adults EUR 6, Reduced EUR 5. [2002]
Classification:  Karst cave.
Light: electric.
Dimension: L=910m, A=626m asl, VR=21m.
Guided tours: D=60min.
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Address: Grotta dei Dossi, Località Dossi, 12089 Villanova Mondovì (CN), Tel: +39-0174-42646, +39-0333-9790007, +39-0339-7966644. E-mail: contact
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History

 
1797discovered by an hunter, name unknown.
1892developed, electric light and opened to the public.
1917installation more or less ruined.
1966reconstruction of show cave, reopened.

Description

Grotta dei Dossi is a show cave with a long history. Opened at the end of the 19th century, it was the first cave with electric light in Italy. The electricity was produced by a generator. But soon forgotten, the cave was already ruined at the time of World War I. Long time the cave was closed, until it was reopened in the 1960s.

The more fragile speleotems were removed, stolen or destroyed in the long history of the cave, but some huge stalagtites, stalagmites and rimstone pools are still there. But the cave is today famous for its diverse and fragile cave life.


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