Grotta della Tanaccia

Tanaccia di Brisighella

Useful Information

Location: 13 km from Brisighella, on the road to Rontana.
(44.227458, 11.755586)
Open: MAY to SEP 3rd Sunday in the month 10, 14:30, 16:30.
By appointment.
Fee: Adults EUR 10, Children (-16) EUR 5, Overall hire EUR 3.
Classification: SpeleologyGypsum cave
Light: helmets and lamps provided.
Guided tours: D=60 min.
Address: Museo di scienze naturali, Associazione culturale Pangea, Brisighella, 48013 Brisighella (RA), Tel: +39-0546-662425, +39-0546-681585.
Ivano Fabbri: +39-0339-2407028.
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1935 excavated by Giovanni Mornig and Antonio Corbara.
1955-56 excavated by Renato Scarani.


It is hard to tell if Grotta della Tanaccia is a show cave or not. There are no lights and the visitors get helmets, so the trip has a sort of cave trekking touch. It is an absolutely easy to visit cave with no special difficulty. Nevertheless it is not recommended for the claustrophobic.

The tours are guided by members of the Gruppo Speleologico Faentino. Helmets and headlamps are provided, but additionally an overall may be hired for an extra fee. The scheduled trips are made with groups of two to fifteen visitors, reservations for other times only for groups of seven or more. A fine thing is that photography is generally allaowed, which is exceptional in Italian show caves.

The trip follows the huge main passage of the cave for some time. As the cvae is gypsum cave there is a wealth of solutional forms, but generally no speleothems. The cave is an important prehistoric cave and was excavated during the last century.