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Stiffe Caves (Grotte di Stiffe)

Stiffe Caves in Abruzzo are caves with a rare beauty and still rather unknown place to visit and see. But for sure you will be satisfied and go and visit them.

About Stiffe Caves

Basic Information:

  • Village: San Demetrio ne' Vestini (Location: Stuffe)
  • Region: Abruzzo
  • Province: L'Aquila
  • Zona: Central Italy


The Caves of Stiffe are technically speaking a resurgence, the place where a river comes back to light after an underground stretch in the area of the small village Stiffe.

The presence of the watercourse which in some periods of the year brought considerable reach is surely the most important feature of the Caves, which are sometimes covered by a small stream whose waters murmur and whisper, and sometimes they are traversed by a river rushing along downstream rapids and falls with a deafening roar.

The resurgence of Stiffe has been known for many years by the locals since there are documents that speaks they have been in the old past times. The presence of a copious stream inside the cave has allowed in the early twentieth century to construct an hydroelectric power station - powered by water transported downstream by means of a pen-stock. In some places near the entrance it is still visible and it has been a source of energy until its destruction during world War II.

The project to develop tourism in the cave dates back over thirty years ago but only in the eighties it was provided for the implementation and in 1991 it was opened and inaugurated as a tourist complex Grotte di Stiffe (Stiffe Caves).


Opening Hours

The Caves of Stiffe are opened every day of the year at the following times:

In the Summer:

From 16 March to 14 October - from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 18.00. Last admission at 18.00.

In the Winter:

From 15 October to 15 March - from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 18.00. Last admission at 17.00.


December 25 (morning) and January 1st (morning).


The distance for visits is at about 700 meters and has 30 m gradient with a constant temperature for all the year 10 degrees Celsius. Duration of the visit as approximately 1 hour and it is guided.

For groups more than 20 persons it is advised to book first before to go there.

It is adviced also to call and book your visit during the winter and spring, because in a few days of the year, due to flood or the weather conditions it is possible the cave to be closed for visits.



Via del Mulino, 2 - Location Stiffe,

67028 San Demetrio ne' Vestini (L'Aquila),

Abruzzo, Italy

Web Site: Official Web Site


☎ +39 0862 86 142; fax: +39 0862 86 111

☎ +39 086 86 100 - entrance for the cave


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