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Stiffe Caves (695m)

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  • Departure: San Demetrio Nè Vestini
  • Length: 0.7 km
  • Difference in height: 100m
  • Maximum Altitude: 695m
  • Involved Municipalities: San Demetrio Nè Vestini

One of the most spectacular resources of Sirente-Velino Regional Park and the whole Province of L'Aquila, Stiffe Caves are situated at 21 km from L'Aquila, along the road 261 called "Subequana", leading from San Demetrio né Vestini to Fontecchio.

An important example of subterranean karst phenomenon, Stiffe Caves have a particular feature making them unique in Italy: as a matter of fact, they can be technically defined an "active reappearing spring", meaning that they are crossed by a subterranean river leading visitors, along its 700 meters of length in the cave and with the 695m of height, outside the cavity.

Technical name: active reappearing spring.
Stiffe Caves, second waterfall
Stiffe Caves, second waterfall
(photo by: Archivio Parco Sirente Velino)