Hi Buzztrippers! Have you ever seen any spectacular photos of canyons, waterfalls and unspoilt nature on the Internet? Well, I am sure you all have… but did you know that there is a place in Veneto, in Treviso province, where to admire some similar enchanting landscapes? I am referring to Grotte del Caglieron, located in the hills right under Pian Cansiglio, 40 minutes far from Pordenone and close to Vittorio Veneto.
The area of Grotte del Caglieron undoubtedly represents a real wonder, being the result of an original “mix”, composed by human excavation works and nature daily activity. You can easily reach it, parking close to the main entrance: start your exploration and let these charming scenarios literally amaze you!
Grotte del Caglieron: Human and Natural Traces
Grotte del Caglieron (Caglieron caves) result from an unxpected combination of different caves: the early ones derive by a gorge dug by Caglieron creek over different soil layers (limestone, sandstone and marl) and form the first caves’ nucleus. They originate several waterfalls and natural pools, and “shape” a real canyon, with a variable width: in some canyon spots, the space between huge rocks becomes so narrow that light barely seeps in and water passes through a tiny passage. The canyon is composed by several materials that witness the non-stop activity of nature, that mixes rocks with vegetation (above all, ferns).
From the main road, you will firstly reach a creek, that originated the Grotte del Caglieron, with a series of clear information plaques describing the morphology, the flora and the fauna of the whole area. The main path leads to the entrance of the artificial caves dug during last centuries: as a matter of fact, we can prove that the stone exctracting activity began back in 1500, and maybe even earlier….miners came here to obtain the sandstone, the so-called “pietra dolza”, that was mainly used to build jambs and lintels (you can still see some decorations in pietra dolza by walking around local villages). What struck me while I was observing the cave were the typical “sloping” columns left as supporting beams for the rocky vault: miners cut the needed materials with huge bits that left clear signs (still visible), but took great care in leaving solid, inclined pillars that supported the stony cave. The result is greatly impressive!
Leaving the biggest cave on your right, begin your exciting descent towards the canyon! An adventurous path has been created to help tourists force their way throughout the gorge: you will first admire other artificial caves built by miners, nowadays dominated by gravels, rocks and “stalagmites” (sort of); afterwards, you will proceed on a suspended route, composed by a quaint wooden bridge, “diving” into waterfalls, ferns, shaded zones with huge rocks preventing light from reaching the ground. Take your time to complete the descent, and enjoy it observing the breathtaking scenario enclosing you.
The fairytale landscapes ends up in a trail running along a beautiful garden that surrounds a watermill (dating back to 15th century). There, you can stop for a while relaxing in the cozy windmill bar… then, you will be ready to climb back to the top of the small hill where your visit started.This entry was posted in Veneto