Grotte di Rescia

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Location: Rescia, Claino con Osteno, south of Porlezza.
Open: Summer daily 14:30-18.
Fee: Adults EUR 5, Children (3-6) EUR 3.50, Children (0-2) free, Family (2+2) EUR 16.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 4.
Classification: SpeleologyPrimary cave SpeleologyTufa cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Photography: allowed
Address: Grotte di Rescia, Camping Grotte Di Rescia, Via Porlezza, 63, 22010 Claino con Osteno, Tel: +39-0344-75520, Tel: +39-0344-65094, Fax: +39-0344-72766. E-mail: contact
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The Grotte di Rescia are rare tufa caves, primary caves which were formed during the deposition of limestone from a limestone richt spring. They are loacted at the shores of the Lake of Lugano, on the Italian side. Here a gorge brings water into the lake, the brook forms waterfalls and is very limestone rich, as it originates from a karst spring uphills. The cascata di S.Giulia is also worth a visit.

Rescia is a small village which belongs to Osteno. This side of the lake is rather steep, and there is no land for building a town, except at this place. The debris from the gorge forms a fan of sediments, creating a semicircular platform, protuding into the lake.