Grotta di Nettuno (Neptune's Grotto)
One of the greatest natural attractions of Sardinia is Neptune's Grotto (Grotta di
Nettuno), a stalactite cave near the town of Alghero, Italy and gets its name from
the Roman god of the sea, Neptune. The cave was discovered by local fishermen in
the 18th century and has since developed into a popular tourist attraction. It's
stairway of 654 steps leading down its cliff face is called the Escala del Cabirol, or
'stairway of goats'. This spectacular cavern is filled with small lakes, a forest of
stalactite columns, and concretions in the form of organ pipes. The earliest
evidence of human presence on Sardinia were discovered here and date to
7,000-8,000 BC (Mesolithic).
Latitude: 40°33'54.0"N
Longitude: 8°09'36.3"E
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Grotta di Nettuno, Neptune's Grotto