We inform you that, in consideration of the current epidemiological situation, the park of the Caglieron caves will remain closed on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15; we will keep you informed about the reopening through our website.
See you soon !!!!
Grotte del Caglieron visits update
According to the new Prime Ministerial Decree of 03/11/2020 we inform you that the Caglieron Caves are regularly open and that it is mandatory to wear a mask both outdoors and indoors, in cases where the condition is not continuously guaranteed distancing from non-cohabiting people and in compliance with anti-covid guidelines
From Monday 26 October the opening hours of the Caglieron Caves will be as follows:
From Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 16.00
OPENING HOURS 2020:
10.00 – 16.00 last admission, from Monday to Sunday (from 26/10/2020)
In conditions of weather alert issued by the Civil Protection, the Caves may be closed.
We inform you that from 19 July 2020 the entrance to the Caves is subject to a fee.
From 26/10/2020 the ticket office is open from 10.00 to 16.00 from Monday to Sunday
Entrance ticket price:
Adults (from 13 years of age): € 3.50
Children up to 13 years old
Residents in the municipality of Fregona
Operators with activities in the municipality of Fregona
Journalists and bloggers
Here are some indications for the visit:
Route: The length of the ring route is approximately 1 KM and a visit time of approximately one hour is estimated.
The visit must be carried out in full compliance with current legislation; without creating crowds, with the use of a mask where necessary, gel or gloves and respecting the distance. In this regard, it is strictly recommended to proceed according to the one-way street and with the indications given by the signs installed along the route.
Parking: It is possible to park cars in via Grotte del Caglieron and in via Ronzon, in the provided car parks, upon compulsory payment of the parking ticket (hourly rate € 2.50). Other free car parks are in the locality of Piai at mt. 700.
It is also possible to walk to the Caves via the path 1037 B “Pont de Fer”, starting next to the Municipal Stadium – travel time about 45 minutes – length 1,750m. altitude difference mt. 100.
General information: animals are allowed with the use of a short leash, it is recommended not to leave excrements on site.
The visit cannot be done with strollers or wheelchairs.
The information point / sale of typical products in the Grotte area is open every day from 10.00 to 16.00 (from 26/10/2020)
It is possible to take guided tours with a naturalistic guide on Sunday at 10.00 – 11.00 – 12.00 – 14.30 – 15.30. MAX 20 PEOPLE PER GROUP, in collaboration with Prealpi CansiglioHiking.
Every Sunday from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 16.00 Mirto Masutti talks about the craft of the stonemason and the art of working the Piera Dolza, at the Borgo dello Scalpellino (Stonemason hamlet).
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 and behind the rectory there are 6 picnic tables.
Waste must be taken home for disposal.
At the tourist office located in via Marconi 6 (100 meters from the Town Hall) paper information is also available on the external notice board. The opening hours are: from Monday to Friday 10.00 – 12.00, Saturday and Sunday 9.30 – 12.30.
Campers can park for the night in the parking lots near the schools, in via Roma.
For further information, the telephone service 0438 585487 328 8117359 is available from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00, or by email: email@example.com.
It is possible to download the leaflet of the path HERE
Download HERE the map of the path 1037B Pont de Fer
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 pleasant 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.