Hotel Onda Verde

Hotel Onda Verde

 

Home Page     The Amalfi Coast     Tours     Where we are     Rates     Guestbook     Availability Request     Reservation

 
Arrival Date
Departure Date
Guests
Rooms
E-mail
 

Hotel Onda Verde Amalfi Coast Italy
Rooms
Restaurant in Praiano - Hotel Onda Verde
Restaurant
The Beach
Beach

7 Nights Package

Photo Gallery

Contacts

Weddings

Tours Program


 Download photo as desktop screensaver

 

AMALFI - EMERALDO GROTTO

 
OVERVIEW

Grotta dello Smeraldo
Geological Site, Conca dei Marini

On the outskirts of Conca dei Marini, the Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto) is a much-touted stop for day-trippers. The rather tacky sign on the road and the squadron of tour buses may put you off, but it's definitely worth a stop. Steps and an elevator bring you almost to sea level, but more delightful is to arrive by boat, which you can hire at just about any port up and down the coast. The karstic cave was originally part of the shore, but the lowest end sank into the sea when the peninsula subsided (the coast remains active, so it may eventually sink even lower -- or rise). Intense greenish light filters into the water from an arch below sea level and is reflected off the walls of the cave, quite living up to emerald expectations. You wait to board a large rowboat with about 20 fellow passengers, and then you set off with a guide, gondolier fashion, through the smallish cavern filled with huge stalactites and stalagmites. Don't let the boatman's constant spiel detract from the half-hour experience -- this is one of those tours that points out stalactites that look like Lincoln (for Americans), Napoléon (for the French), and Garibaldi (for the Italians); just tune out and enjoy the sparkles, shapes, and Harry Winston-esque color. A tourist from Amalfi raved in a hotel log in 1858 that the cave "…can compete with Vesuvius," but it was forgotten about for years afterward until the grotto was rediscovered by a local fisherman in the 1930s. The light is best from noon to 3 PM, which is fortunately when hordes of potential visitors will be tucking into their pasta elsewhere. At Christmas there's a special celebration conducted around the underwater crèche. COST: EUR5. OPEN: Daily 9-3:30.

Address: Beyond Punta Acquafetente by boat, or off Amalfi Dr., Conca dei Marini, Italy
Phone: 089/871107 Amalfi tourist board

SIGHTS & ACTIVITIES
NIGHTLIFE & THE ARTS
 
FEATURES:
 
When to Go
Amalfi Coast Tours

Amalfi Coast Weather

Praiano
Capri Swimming
Amalfi Coast Beaches
 
 

 

  • Duomo
    Religious Site, Ravello

 

 
 

Hotel Onda Verde
Contact Us
Via Terramare, - N° 3 - 84010 Praiano (Salerno) - Italy - Amalfi Coast
Tel.: +39 089 874143 - +39 089 874125 - Fax.: +39 089 8131049

 

Add Hotel Onda Verde to Favorites   Bookmark and Share    Send to a Friend!   

 

Amalfi Coast Italy
Hotels in Amalfi Coast     Hotels in Positano     Hotels in Ravello     Hotels in Amalfi     Hotels in Praiano
 Capri   Ischia     Naples   Pompeii   Paestum   Erculaneum   Sorrento   Vesuvius
Home Page    Tours   How to reach us   Rates    GuestBook   Amalfi Coast Vacation

Hotel Onda Verde   italy sorrento   amalfi coast hotels   positano hotels   hotels positano italy  amalfi hotels