The Grotta del Vento is in the north of Tuscany, in Garfagnana, in the centre of Apuan Alps Park, in an area rich in spectacular and interesting karst phenomena. Here the weather conditions have constantly dug, carved and modelled the limestone rock, creating impressive natural sculptures, such as the Panie Massif, the enormous arch of Monte Forato or the stone waterfalls and crevices of the Vetricia Plateau. Immersed in these awesome surroundings, the Grotta del Vento offers an exceptional variety of underground karst aspects ranging from living and shining stalactites and stalagmites, to little lakes, water courses, forms of erosion, mud formations and even perfectly-vertical shafts which can be visited with practical walkways. The possibility to choose between different types of visits, makes it an ideal destination for excursions for singles, couples, families, schools, groups and motor bike or classic car rallies, etc. The tours in the cave The touristic route is divided into 3 parts, with aspects completely different from one another. In the first part, the flattest,a great amount of limestone formations such as stalactites and stalagmites can be seen and most of them are still growing. In the second part a descent is made into an area of the cave that is still expanding, without limestone formations, but with forms of erosion on the walls, a little underground river on the bottom and some unusual mud formations in the tunnel taken on the way back. In the third part a shaft is visited, a perfectly-vertical 90-metre shaft, which is climbed from the bottom to reach a final chamber at the top, followed by a short underground canyon. The tour of all 3 parts, the third itinerary, lasts about 3 hours, but it’s possible to visit only the first part with the first itinerary, about one hour, or the first 2 parts with the second itinerary of about 2 hours. Le fotografie della Grotta del Vento sono state realizzate da Marco Stucchi.