Friday, September 28, 2012

Grotto Del Vento and Pont Diavolo

For me, my drive north of Lucca ended at Grotto Del Vento, although it is possible to drive farther into the area of  Alpi Apuane National Park, the drive up to here is sufficiently wild.

Grotto Del Vento

Guided tour in Italian, English is available
when there are enough English speakers
I listened to an audio while touring
No need to register for a regular tour, designed to educate rather than thrill.  Electric lighting, handrails and steps provide adequate safety. Visitors choose between three tours, taking one hour, two hours and three hours respectively. I purchase the three-hour visit. The first part of the tour took place in the part of the cave where stalactites and stalagmites still grow. An underground creek runs through the second area. In the third, we find a perfectly vertical 90-meter shaft and the bed of the cave, consisting of fine sand.

Ponte Diavolo (The Devil's Bridge)

Worth the see - quite a site
On the way back to Lucca, I stop in the town of Borga Mozzano to see Ponte Della Maddelen, commonly called Ponte Diavolo. Quoting from a brochure "A great example of medieval engineering with five asymmetrical arches that are reflected in the water of the Serchio River. The biggest is 40 metres wide and 18.5 meters high. Built in the 12th Century, it is one of the most well-known monuments of the province of Lucca."

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