*Updated 24 April, 2017
Let’s say that you find a picture similar to the one above floating around social media.
You are so intrigued by the photo that you click on the link to see where this mysterious, tropical paradise is, with its cascading waterfalls and thick, lush greenery trickling down the cave walls. A rainforest in Costa Rica or Brazil, perhaps?
After investigating further, you realize that the beautiful, seemingly tropical, paradise in the picture is actually in Italy.
Then, to add insult to injury, you realize that this stunning location is only 30 minutes from where you live.
You would plan a trip there just as soon as the rain clouds dried up and the sun came back out, wouldn’t you?
That’s what I would do!
All, uh, hypothetically speaking, of course.
Paradise In Treviso – Le Grotte Del Caglieron
Or maybe not hypothetically speaking.
I was flabbergasted when I realized that these amazing caves were so close to me, and my Italian friends were equally flabbergasted that I hadn’t been there yet.
“Ma sono 30 minuti da casa tua!”
They’re only 30 minutes from your home!
Well, thank you, friends, for stating the obvious. I know that I’ve been here for quite a while, but there is so much to see and do in Italy that I have a hard time keeping up with all of the sightseeing!
I simply replied that the world is big, and that I am seeing it “un po’ alla volta.”
A little bit at a time.
Visit Le Grotte del Caglieron
Le Grotte del Caglieron – grotte meaning “caves” – are located at the base of the Dolomite mountains in Veneto. It is the main attraction of Fregona, the little town where it’s located, just outside of Vittorio Veneto.
Here they are on Google Maps so you get a sense of where this is, exactly.
It’s easy to arrive to the caves, there is plenty of parking (it used to be free, but I believe that you now have to pay) and it’s definitely a family-friendly outing.
Dogs are welcome, but I didn’t take Cookie with us when we went. I wasn’t sure if she would like walking on the wooden path that leads you through the caves (and I was probably right); however, there was another dog who made the journey with his owners when we were there and seemed to do well.
There is also a restaurant at the end of the tour, so if you go in the morning you can stop for lunch.
If you live near or happen to visit the area (it is not too far from Valdobbiadine), then I highly recommend that you stop by. If you have any suggestions of similar places that I should visit in the area, please feel free to write me a comment below!
I will now let you visit the caves virtually.