In the wonderful natural scenery of the Alta Val Torre – located less than 30 km north of Udine –, Villanova delle Grotte, defined as “the balcony of the Alta Val Torre” for its panoramic position, preserves a real karst heritage. The main caves in this area now exceed 30 km in length.
Among them, the Cave of Villanova is the only “contact cave” that can be visited in all of Europe and is one of the largest caves of its kind in the world. Discovered in 1925 by some inhabitants of the town, it is formed between two completely different rock banks and its environments vary in shape and size every few tens of meters, offering visitors a unique spectacle. The huge calcarenite bench that acts as a ceiling to the cavity rests on a bench of marly and arenaceous Flysch, with its characteristic layers. Crossed along the main branch by an internal stream, the Cave is active and “alive”.
Inside, amid the thousand wonders that water has created over time, many traces of past geological events can also be observed. The Cave is populated by various specimens of troglofauna, which sometimes, with a little luck, can also be seen on the tourist route.
In addition to visits on the tourist route, meditation sessions, musical events, photographic excursions by appointment and other events are organized inside the cave.