The 10 Italian natural wonders

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Often we are focused on looking for beautiful places to visit abroad and we don't realize that theItaly offers beauties that the whole world envies us. From the sea to the mountains, there are numerous natural wonders of our beautiful country that attract millions of tourists every year: and us? Have we ever seen them? Here's one list of the 10 most beautiful Italian natural wonders.


  1. Carezza lake, Trentino Alto-Adige
  2. Scala dei Turchi, Sicily
  3. Pyramids of Zone, Lombardy
  4. Balze del Valdarno, Tuscany
  5. Frasassi Caves, Marche
  6. Red Rocks, Sardinia
  7. Blue Grotto, Campania
  8. Bossea cave, Piedmont
  9. Gorges of Celano, Abruzzo
  10. Fumaroles of Sasso Pisano, Tuscany
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Lake Carezza, Trentino Alto-Adige

Wonderful lake located in Nova Levante, 25 km from Bolzano and 1.534 meters above sea level Renamed "rainbow lake" for the splendid colors due to a family of plants, the lake has no tributaries and its water comes from underground sources.
Lake Carezza is one of the obligatory stops for those visiting Trentino Alto-Adige and can be traveled along its perimeter of 0,035 km2 thanks to an equipped path.

How to reach us: Exit A22 Bolzano Nord, take the SS241 towards Ponte Nova and then towards Nova Levante.

2 - Scala dei Turchi, Sicily

Rocky wall overlooking the sea in the stretch of the Sicilian coast between Porto Empedocle and Realmonte, in the province of Agrigento. The staircase, a true natural tourist attraction, is formed by marl, a sedimentary rock of calcareous and clayey origin and has a pure white color.
With a wavy and irregular shape, the name probably derives from the piracy episodes that have occurred over the centuries by Arabs.

How to reach us: By car from Agrigento follow the signs for Porto Empedocle (about 7,5km). When you reach Porto Empedocle, follow the road signs for Lido Rossello (about 7km). To be able to climb the rock on foot, park in front of Lido baia dei turchi and walk down to the beach - Get directions

3 - Pyramids of Zone, Lombardy

Nature reserve with a decidedly anomalous phenomenon: from the erosive force of the water arose what are called "Earth Pyramids". It all began during the Riss glaciation (about 150.000 years ago). The Pyramids of Zone are of different sizes and heights e give a very special show in terms of landscape and colors, with the truly breathtaking backdrop of Lake Iseo. They are easily reachable in a few minutes on foot from the car parks. Ideal route also for families with children.

How to reach us: A4 Brescia Ovest exit, follow to Passo del Tonale (SP510 road) and exit at Zone.

4 - Balze del Valdarno, Tuscany

Another unique natural phenomenon develops between the provinces of Florence and Arezzo, that of the Balze del Valdarno, that is pinnacles and rocky spiers formed by the sediments of a prehistoric lake, shaped by atmospheric agents following the gradual retreat of the lake. The pinnacles and spiers are up to a hundred meters high and are made up of stratified sand, clay and gravel, intertwined in very deep gorges.

How to reach us: A1 Valdarno exit. Follow the directions first for San Giovanni Valdarno, then after another roundabout continue for Castelfranco di Sopra

5 - Frasassi Caves, Marche

Karst caves underground located a Genga, in the province of Ancona. There are a series of caves: the first, called Abyss Ancona, is so wide that it could contain the Duomo of Milan.

The discovery of these caves dates back to 1971, and inside they can be admired real natural sculptures, created thanks to calcareous stratifications due to the action of water and rock in an estimated time of about 190 million years. The forms are divided between stalagmites e stalactites.

How to reach us: A14, Ancona Nord exit. Highway SS76 Ancona - Roma, exit Genga (about 25 min from the highway).

6 - Red Rocks, Sardinia

Sardinia is not only heavenly sea: it is also wonderful nature and very special places. One of the places that falls within the Italian natural wonders is the one where the Red Rocks, or rocks in red porphyry symbol of the Sardinian town of Arbatax. Unmissable show of colors at the first light of dawn.

How to reach us: Take the panoramic SS 125 towards Arbatax and proceed as far as the "Rocce Rosse" sign.

7 - Blue Grotto, Campania

The Island of Capri, located in the Gulf of Naples, offers one breathtaking natural beauty: this is the famous Blue Grotto, a sea ​​cave accessible by boat but with such a low passage that it is necessary to lie down. The waters within it have a deep blue color made so by the filtering of light.

How to reach us: by bus from Anacapri or by boat from Marina Grande.

8 - Bossea cave, Piedmont

Still caves, but totally different from the previous ones: we are talking about the Bossea Cave, in the province of Cuneo, a karst cave with underground lakes, caves, streams. It was opened to the public in 1874.

How to reach us: A6 Mondovì exit. Follow for Mondovì, then for Vasco and continue towards Corsaglia - Grotta di Bossea.

9 - Gorges of Celano, Abruzzo

The Celano Gorges are one of the best known Italian canyons, and is located within the Sirente-Velino Regional Natural Park, in the province of L'Aquila. The Gorges of Cerano are a unique environment and they are fruit of the erosion operated by the La Foce stream, capable of digging onegash 4 km long, between 3 and 6 meters wide and 200 meters deep. The Celano Gorges are can be visited and offer shelter to some protected species such as eagles.

How to reach us: A25 Rome - L'Aquila motorway, exit at Aielli Celano and continue towards Celano. Before entering the town, follow the "Le Foci" restaurant-pizzeria and continue along the road until you reach a large parking lot.

10 - Fumaroles of Sasso Pisano, Tuscany

A strange one occurs in Sasso Pisano, in the province of Pisa geothermal phenomenon, vapors are emitted from the fractures of the rocks which seem almost surreal. The landscape is very variable and there are 2 equipped pathsi.

How to reach us: From Volterra take the SR439 towards Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina.

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