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Caves of Rescia

Italia, Regione Lombardia, provincia di Como, Claino con Osteno

Positioning

Rescia

COORDINATES
(CH 1903) E   728489 N   96672 H   280.0
(WGS 84) Long.   9.098 Lat.   46.009
GENERAL EVALUATION
DIFFICULTY T-T1
SCIENTIFIC INTEREST PRIMARY:
Karst morphology

SECONDARY:
Hydromorphologie
OTHER INTERESTS Didactic
Naturalistic
GEOSITE   GEOMORPHOLOGICAL - caves

DESCRIPTION

The caves of Rescia are karst caves, with many openings to the outside. They have developed inside into a mass of travertine formed by the action of ancient limestone spring water which created deposits of calcite crystals on the rock and vegetation, thereby expanding the structure. The interior is made up of speleothems from various lobed and rounded forms which have a high aesthetic quality. At the end of the path in the cave there is a small natural suspended terrace next to a morphological drop of about 60 metres, excavated in Moltrasio limestone, from which the waters of the Santa Giulia River flow. There is a fee for visiting the caves.

INSIGHT

Travertine is a sedimentary rock formed in a continental environment by the precipitation of crystals of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). In a subaerial environment and in proximity to a permanent source, the precipitation of calcite, according to the reaction – Ca(HCO3)2 --> CaCO3 + H2O + CO2 – creates deposits assisted by the reaction of film algae and bryophytes.

CURIOSITIES

The Caves of Rescia were intersected and discovered fortuitously in the early twentieth century, during the process of excavating travertine for building purposes at the adjacent quarry, which is still active today. Above the Saint Giulia Waterfall, which may be reached by a path which starts at Claino, and along the ancient road leading to Porlezza, stands the characteristic oratory of Saint Giulia, a destination for pilgrims throughout the year.
scala temporale periodi geologici

HOW TO REACH THE SITE

Proceed along S.P. 14, either in the direction of Porlezza or coming in the opposite direction from Claino Osteno. At Rescia (indicated by the road sign) park your car in the broad dirt yard in front of the large quarry.

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR THE VISIT

The caves are located along S.P. 14 in the locality of Rescia, next to the Selva Rino quarry, and are very well-indicated by a touristic sign.

http://grottedirescia.simply-website.it/1/chi_siamo_187146.html

http://www.360cities.net/image/grotte-di-rescia#350.80,5.30,75.0

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Programma di cooperazione transfrontaliera Italia - Svizzera 2007 - 2013 Progetto cofinanziato dal Fondo Europeo Sviluppo Regionale (FESR)
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