Amalfi Coast Sights

Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto)

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  • Conca dei Marini
  • Geological Site

Published 05/05/2016

Fodor's Review

The tacky road sign and squadron of tour buses may put you off, but this cavern is worth a stop. The karstic cave was originally part of the shore, but the lowest end sank into the sea. Intense greenish light filters into the water from an arch below sea level and is reflected off the cavern walls. You visit the Grotta dello Smeraldo, which is filled with huge stalactites and stalagmites, on a large rowboat. Don't let the boatman's constant spiel detract from the experience—just tune out and enjoy the sparkles, shapes, and brilliant colors. You can take an elevator from the coast road down to the grotto, or in the summer you can drive to Amalfi and arrive by boat (€10, excluding the grotto's admission fee). Companies in Positano, Amalfi, and elsewhere along the coast provide service. The light at the grotto is best from noon to 3 pm.

Sight Information


Via Smeraldo, west of Capo di Conca, Conca dei Marini, Campania, 84010, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €5
  • Apr.–mid-Oct., daily 9–4; mid-Oct.–Mar., daily 9–3. Closed in adverse weather conditions

Published 05/05/2016


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