Scurati Caves

Custonaci, Italy

The Scurati Caves are an ancient settlement and a speleological geological site located in the municipality of Custonaci. The site includes a total of nine caves. The largest cave is the Mangiapane cave, which is about 70 meters high, 13 wide and 50 deep. Numerous ancient findings have been found in the site including rock paintings.

Guido Dalla Rosa first explored the area in 1870, surfacing ancient clues of a human presence – some of which 20,000 years old: flits, obsidian tools and cave paintings. The caves, however, were not a regular archeological site: in the early 1800s, man had returned. Indeed, Grotta Mangiapane is named after the family who had settled in these primordial quarters and lived there until the 1950s.



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Founded: 18,000 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Melina Caruso (13 months ago)
Such an amazing place to visit! The visit is free, but you can leave a donation at the end of the tour if you like. It's a little village built inside a beautiful cave, close to the sea. I loved it!
WB Leeds (13 months ago)
Great place to visit, no entry fee but donations are very welcomed. Wish we spoke Italian and could understand the custodian of this place who clearly knew a lot about this place. The place will transport you back in time and leave you very inspired.
Roxanne Panaite (15 months ago)
What a magical place this was to visit! So happy to have seen all the traditional items, this place is so peaceful and simply beautiful! A special Thank You also to the staff at the Bazar, made my day even better with all the food/nibbles recommendations and their candour, this place is so magical and beautiful because of the people looking after it! ??
Giulio P. (21 months ago)
We randomly found this place while browsing on Google Maps and we loved it!! I strongly recommend a stop here if you are in the area. The entrance is by donation, that you can leave once you exit the place.
Augustė Baltuonytė (2 years ago)
Interesting place to visit if you are nearby. Car parking, toilet and entrance to the village are free, but donations are very welcome. It was nice to see how people lived here near and inside the grotto, many stuff preserved and exhibited in the village houses. Everyone will love live animals there - donkeys, goats, peacocks, hens etc.
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