Update of June 29
Here are some indications for the visit:
Route: the ring route of the Caglieron Caves is open and practicable “from sunrise to sunset”; at the moment there are no entrance tickets to pay and there is no need to book. The length is about 1 KM and a visit time of about one hour is estimated.
The visit must be carried out in absolute compliance with current legislation; without creating gatherings, with the use of a mask where necessary, gel or gloves and respecting the spacing. In this regard, it is strongly recommended to proceed in the one-way direction and with the indications given by the signs installed along the route.
Parking: You can park your cars in via Grotte del Caglieron and in via Ronzon, in the parking spaces provided, subject to the parking ticket. (get money – hourly rate € 2.50).
New road on national holidays to reach the Caglieron Caves: visitors are advised that from 14 June to 30 September 2020, from 10.00 to 17.00, on holidays the circulation is regulated from the Municipality of Fregona to the Grotte (via Primo Maggio and via Grotte del Caglieron, provincial road 151) according to the parking capacity. Once the maximum capacity is reached, the traffic is diverted to the car parks in the center of Fregona. From here in about 30 minutes you can walk to the caves via path 1037 B “Pont de Fer”, which starts next to the Municipal Stadium.
Tourist bus circulation: traffic from the Municipality of Fregona to the Caves (via Primo Maggio and via Grotte del Caglieron, provincial road 151) is prohibited on public holidays from 14 June to 30 September 2020, from 10.00 to 17.00.
General indications: animals are allowed, on a short leash, it is recommended not to leave manure on the spot; the visit cannot be carried out with strollers or baby carriages.
In the caves area there are some picnic tables along the stream and near the info point; in the green area adjacent to the bell tower of Fregona there are 3 picnic tables; waste must be taken home for delivery.
The information/refreshment point in the cave area is closed, outside you can find information material on restaurants and on the route; the guided tour service is not active.
At the tourist office located in via Marconi 6 (100 meters from the town hall), information paper material is also available on the external notice board. Opening hours are: Mon. Wedn. Fri. 10.00 – 12.00 Saturday and Sunday 9.30 – 12.30.
It is possible to download the leaflet of the path HERE
Below is the list of open restaurants:
Paninoteca Al Centrale –Mezzavilla di Fregona 377 3411429
Ristorante Mainor – Piai di Fregona 0438 585765Ristorante Fratte – loc. Fratte di Fregona 0438 915005
Ristorante da Nereo alle Grotte- area Grotte del Caglieron 0438 585493 348 4741163
Osteria da Franco – Osigo di Fregona 0438 950431Osteria Milva Chies – Ciser di Fregona 0438 585596
Pizzeria ristorante Tappa Obbligatoria – Fregona 0438 1792378 347 2690077
Osteria la Valassa – loc. Crosetta del Cansiglio 0434 77472
Rifugio Città di Vittorio Veneto – monte Pizzoc 0438 1642595
We wish visitors and guests a good stay in Fregona.
update to 01 August 2018
some information to visit the caves: The ring is open and entirely passable; Dogs are allowed on a leash; admission is free and can be accessed every day (there are no closures or times) while parking is subject to charges. The use of non-slip shoes is mandatory; strollers can not be moved; It is also possible to reach the caves in 45 m. from the sports field of via Concia through the “Pont de Fer” path – 1037 B In the Grotte area there are some picnic tables available or there is the equipped area “Casa Zardetto” in via Roma 55. The attached map shows the points of interest and the main services. For info calls 0438 585487 – 337 517218 – 349 4153580. We thank you for your attention and wish you a good stay in Fregona.
The Grotte del Caglieron are located in Breda, a hamlet in Fregona, Treviso.
The complex consists of a series of cavities, part of which are of artificial origin and part of natural origin; for the natural part, it is a deep gorge incised by the Caglieron stream on alternating layers of calcareous conglomerate, sandstone and marl of the Middle Miocene (from 16 to 10 million years ago).
There are numerous waterfalls, of several meters high, with large potholes at the base.
In the deepest part of the gorge, are noticed on the walls large calcareous concretions, which close for a tract and a part of the vault, giving to the whole the appearance of a cave.
On the walls of the gorge there are large artificial cavities, obtained from the extraction of the sandstone, the typical “piera dolza” (sweet/tender stone).
The extraction activity, which dates back to 1500 and even earlier, gave the material for the construction of jambs, lintels, etc., which can still be observed on the old houses and palaces of Vittorio Veneto and surroundings.
Interesting the extraction method practiced: being the inclined layers even over 45 °, the detachment of the material, caused by using big chisels that left signs still visible, it happened in blocks, with the warning, however, to leave columns tilted to support the vault.
The result is an evocative set of artificial cavities, distributed along the ravine, on whose bottom flows whirling and noisy the torrent, so to bring to the construction of an equipped path.
Currently the complex of the Caves is interested by the making of the Grotte del Caglieron Park, largely completed. The beginning of the route, about 1 km long, is located in via Ronzon, shortly after the building of the Visitor Center; through a pedestrian boardwalk that crosses the Caglieron stream, you descend on a wide path , passing under the bridge of the Provincial road.
Along the itinerary there are numerous descriptive panels and, on the right, there is a large cavern ( Grotta dei Breda ), characterized by sloping columns that support the layers of sandstone forming the ceiling. A little further on, on the left, a wooden walkway leads to the cave used to aging the cave cheese (Grotta di San Lucio) of the Agricansiglio dairy.
Returning on your steps, you will meet a belvedere in the shape of a bow, from which you can admire the splendid natural gorge and, continuing , follow it on walkways to suspended tracts.
Given the considerable content in the limestone of the waters, you has its sedimentation with formations of wide concretions surfaces, stalactites and stalagmites, of the most various shapes and colors.
In the most illuminated areas is notable the presence of travertine , with alternation of mosses and other plant residues. Inside the artificial cavities, there are some stretches of tunnels explored by speleologists.
Given the constancy of temperature in the deepest parts of the caves, and the progressive decrease in light, can be observed a series of micro-environments of considerable interest botanical and zoological.
At the end of the trail in the gorge, the equipped path brings to an old mill (now a restaurant) and, following the signs on the spot, one proceeds going back toward the terminal part of the park.
Along the trail, first steep then flat, we meet on the right two small renovated houses, destined to become Museo dello Scalpellino (The Stonemason Museum), at memory of the ancient crafts.
The itinerary ends exiting directly on the Provincial Road 151, almost in front of a grotto (Santa Barbara’s cave), previously used for mushrooms growing and now in arrangement for future use as teaching laboratory.
In reality those that can be visited here are only a part of the existing cavities; other similar caves are spread throughout the high part of the territory, up to the Masarè above Ciser hamlet. One of those, after passing the bridge over the provincial road, was dedicated from the inhabitants at the devotion of the Madonna.
The Caglieron Caves, appreciated both in summer for the coolness and in winter for the splendid waterfalls of ice, are a reference point for laboratories of environmental education and destination every year of thousand o visitors.
Grotte del Caglieron
Made by men and nature, all to be rediscovered!
It is available at the Pro Loco of Fregona, the publication “Sentiero geologico Grotte del Caglieron” (geological path of the caves) coordinated by Antonio Galgaro, Paolo Mietto and Nereo Preto of the DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES of the UNIVERSITY OF PADOVA.