Grotta dell'Onda

Grotta all’Onda Casoli in Camaiore

In Monte Matanna at 708m

After around one hour’s walk along an easy CAI marked path through the oak woods of Monte Matanna, you will be able to make out the natural sound of small waterfalls trickling down the outside walls of the Grotta all’Onda: a prehistoric cave, measuring around 40x60m, an ancient shelter for man, and today a subject of scientific research.

The first inhabitants of the cave were the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) who left behind their flintstone hunting tools and the bones of their catches; it was used as a seasonal dwelling by Homo sapiens, while the farmers and shepherds of the Neolithic period and the Copper Age stayed here for long periods. The cave structure is also interesting in geological terms, as it shows evidence of the most significant sedimentological and palaeoclimatic events starting from about 170,000 years ago.

Grotta all’Onda is not the only prehistoric dwelling that you come across in the area of the Lombricese stream: there are also others, such as the Bronze Age shelters, a medieval site and numerous works from the pre-industrial age. Currently work is underway to make these sites into an archaeological and natural park.

Opening times
The cave can be accessed at all times. No ticket is required. The entrance is on the CAI marked path. The interior of the cave is practically flat.

Guided tours
In Italian and English. Guided tours with two guides, a natu- ralist and an archaeologist, for school children and groups. Guided tours for the blind. Visits should be booked at the Civico Museo Archeologico (archaeology museum) in Camaiore.
Cost of the guided visit with two operators 228.00 euro. Cost of the guided visit with one operator 114.00 euro.

Useful Information
Trekking gear is recommended. Educational activities are organized for schools.
The cave is an archaeological site. Anyone causing damage to the cave will be punished by the law.

How to get there
From the north by car: A15 Parma - La Spezia motorway, continue on the A12 motorway and exit at Viareggio, then take the SP 1 road in the direction of Camaiore, and the SC road in the direction of Casoli until you reach Tre Scolli. From here, follow the CAI marked route no. 2/112 to Grotta all’Onda. Alternatively, exit the A12 mo- torway at Versilia and take the SS 357 Via Sarzanese road to Capezzano Pianore. Then take the SP 1 road in the direction of Camaiore, and the SC road in the direction of Casoli until you reach Tre Scolli. From here, follow the CAI marked route no. 2/112 to Grotta all’Onda. From the south: A11 Florence- Lucca motorway, continue on the A12 motorway and exit at Viareggio. Then take the SP 1 road in the direction of Camaiore, and the SC road in the direction of Casoli until you reach Tre Scolli. From here, follow the CAI marked route no. 2/112 to Grotta all’Onda. Viareggio railway station, Turin-Genoa-Rome line.

The Surrounding Area
At Camaiore (LU): the abbey of San Pietro; the collegiate church of Santa Maria Assunta; the parochial church of Santi Stefano e Giovanni; the Romanesque church of San Michele; Civico Museo Archeologico (archaeological museum); Museo di Arte Sacra (religious art museum). At Candalla (LU): watermills, olive oil mills and other preindustrial works along the Lombricese stream; the former Barsi ironworks.

For information
Civic Archeological Museum in Camaiore - Tel. +39 0584 986335 - Fax +39 0584 986345 - www.comune.camaiore.lu.it - museo@comune.camaiore.lu.it

Apt Versilia - Tel. +39 0584 962233 - Fax +39 0584 47336 - www.aptversilia.it - info@aptversilia.it

Grotta all’Onda
Casoli - Camaiore (LU)
 
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