The one of the Mount Corchia is the largest carsic complex of Italy and one of the most important in Europe. It has circa 60 km of galleries and at least 2 are visitable.
The cave, known as Corchia Underground or Antro del Corchia, was discovered in 1847 by the naturalist Emilio Simi who entered the cave just for a few meter as long as the nature allowed him.
Thanks to the numerous explorations happened in the 30s, the 60s and the 80s, the cave has been secured and finally opened to the public in 2001. The entrance is located in an abandoned marble cave, but to arrive at the real entrance of the cave you have to walk in a short tunnel.
Along the visitor’s trail you can admire stalactites and stalagmites, columns and underwater pearls made of limestone.
The guided tour last about 2 hours and is leaded in a temperature of 7,6°C, so you must have comfy shoes and warm clothes. The trail is pretty easy but with some steps that could be obstacles for those with mobility impairments.
Inside the cave, you’ll come across different scenarios: the English Gallery, the Friday’s Gallery, the Petrified Forest, the Gallery of Stalactites.
Corchia Underground is located in the Regional Park of the Apuan Alps nearby the locality of Levigliani in the town of Stazzema, just 40 km from Marina di Massa.
To arrive at the entrance you can take advantage of the free shuttle service leaving from the town.