Bussento Caves. A world apart

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The roar announces the river from the first steps of the path. The walk in the Bussento Caves starts from Morigerati with a steep trail paved in stone and partly excavated in the rock that, after a series of switchbacks down, leads to the entrance of the mouth of the cave. From here you enter through a narrow stone staircase and cross the deep and spectacular canyon carved by the river. It seems to be catapulted into “another world”: the bright green of the moss and the leaves, the clear of the water, the suspended boulders, suggests New Zealand landscapes, perfect to shoot scenes for a movie.

The spectacular gorge carved by Bussento opens then on a sort of viewpoint overlooking the seventeenth-century mill that despite its fairytale atmosphere is still fully functional. Going up on the roof you discover the origin of all this ferment of water, the point where the river “back to light” springing from a massive and swirling waterfall of spring water. It’s impossible to resist the temptation to dip your hands in this water cold and crystal clear!

During the walk it is easy to get carried away by the lush vegetation that embracing each reflects and creates plays of light between the waters of the river, waterfalls and ponds. But sharpen your sight not to lose the “encounters” with the small but wonderful orchids, 254 species present around the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano, and crayfish that have their ideal habitat in the fresh and clear waters of Bussento river.

Visitor Center in Morigerati: opening hours 10:00 to 17:00
(March-April: open every weekend and holidays; May – mid-October: open every day; mid October to November: open every weekend and holidays, from December to March: only by reservation)
The oasis can be visited all year round (weather permitting) on reservation.
The Oasis is closed on rainy days.
Guided tours are in Italian, English and German.
Visitor Center +39 0974 982327 – +39 333 6959 991 – grottebussento@wwf.it
Oasis entrance
Square Piano della Porta 17, Morigerati