Romito Cave

Papasidero, Italy

The Romito cave (Italian: Grotta del Romito) is a natural limestone cave in the Lao Valley of Pollino National Park, near the town of Papasidero. Stratigraphic record of the first excavation confirmed prolonged paleo-human occupation during the Upper Paleolithic since 17,000 years ago and the Neolithic since 6,400 years ago. A single, but exquisite piece of Upper Paleolithic parietal rock engraving was documented. Several burial sites of varying age were initially discovered. Irregularly recurring sessions have led to additional finds, which suggests future excavation work. Notable is the amount of accumulated data that has revealed deeper understanding of prehistoric daily life, the remarkable quality of the rock carvings and the burial named Romito 2, who exhibits features of pathological skeletal conditions (dwarfism).



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Founded: 17000 - 6400 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Valeria Agamennone (2 years ago)
I'm sure the Grotta is amazing, but we didn't get to see it because, despite arriving there 40 minutes before closing time, we were told it was too late and to come back the next day. Having read in other reviews that the visit lasts about half an hour, it should not have been a problem. I guess the ladies working there had other plans for the night, as after sending us on our way they got in a car themselves and left the Grotta well before 18, which the website indicates as closing time.
Miguel Martinez (3 years ago)
It's interesting, but the tour guide only spoke fast Italian, so unless you speak decent Italian, you'd miss the most interesting part which is the story behind the find. The cave was small and simple the archeological finds were interesting.
Fabio Adamo (4 years ago)
Very interesting place. It's a cave in which human remains dating back to the paleolithic era have been found there is also an figure of a bull engraved in a rock
Max Rumball (4 years ago)
Not worth it
Tomer Greenbaum (5 years ago)
Great place but the visit is very short. It takes only 30 minutes. The guide speaks only Italian.
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