The fascinating Abbadessa Caves at Pale, situated near Foligno, on the slopes of Mount Pale (also called Sasso di Pale) are an interesting karst phenomenon, originating from river waters and infiltration.
The Pale Caves are formed of various cavities; the principal one, considered a true architectural jewel, is known as the Pond Chamber, being of circular shape. Full of stalactites and stalagmites that form perfect columns, this natural work of art was reopened to the public in 2016 after 40 years.
Through a narrow tunnel you can reach a second cavity, the Column Chamber. This too, suggests an architectural structure consisting of many stalactites and central columns, as well as a stalagmite in the form of a lion.
Historically, the Pale Caves gathered the waters from the Menotre river at high level, and close to the caves you can see the wonderful Menotre waterfall (or Pale waterfall). How to get there? A walk is the best idea, it’s only 270m away.
Gualdo Tadino is connected to Foligno on the SS3. To get to the Abbadessa Caves at Pale, and to the waterfall, you should leave the road just before reaching Foligno. It’s less than 40 minutes drive to the site, where you can arrange a 20 minute guided tour of this magnificent place.
For further information and times of visits, go to the official Pale di Foligno site: http://www.paledifoligno.it/tours/grotte-pale/