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Grotta Maona
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Maona Cave

A fascinating natural sight in what was the ancient heart of Montecatini

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Montecatini Terme
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In ancient times, the heart of Montecatini was where Montecatini Alto is today. The Grotta Maona, or Maona Cave, is on the road that leads from Montecatini to Montecatini Alto. Grotta Maona has been naturally formed over thousands of years and is the only cave in Italy to have two pools. The first pool is just after the entrance of the cave, it’s 20m deep and 200m in length. The second pool is found at the end of a series of tunnels that bring to mind Dante’s Inferno and which are full of a forest of stalactites and stalagmites. It’s possible to reach the surface from the second pool without having to retrace your steps.
The cave has a constant temperature of 15 degrees Celsius and it’s important when visiting the cave to wear suitable clothes, such as rubber soled shoes, a pullover and a water proof jacket. There are many interesting sites to visit nearby, for example, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Vinci, the Parco di Collodi, Villa Garzoni and its gardens in Pescia and the spas at Montecatini.

Opening hours
From 1st April – 15th October 9am-12pm and 3pm-6pm

Entry fee
Adults €4,50
Children (3-12 years) €2,50
Groups of over 20 people: adults €3,50 / children €1,50

Disabled access
In part, the cave isn’t wheelchair accessible. (also not suitable for pushchairs)

Contact information
Grotta Maona

Tel. +39 0572 74581

Apt Montecatini Terme – Valdinievole (Tourist board)
Tel. +39 0572 92761 - 772244 • Fax +39 0572 70109

How to get there
By car:
A11 motorway, exit Montecatini Terme. Follow signs for Montecatini Terme and then for Montecatini Alto

By train:
The nearest train station is at Montecatini Terme

By bus:
From Florence – take the Lazzi direct bus to Montecatini Terme
From Montecatini Terme – take the bus to Montecatini Alto. There’s one an hour every day.

Montecatini Terme
Montecatini Terme, located just a few kilometres from some of the major cities of art in Tuscany and from the two main regional airports, owes its fame to the therapeutic properties of its waters, the elegance of its buildings and the architectural heritage found around the springs. ...