The cave, where an important repository of remains of over 500 cave bears (ursus spelaeus) were found, is situated on the eastern side of Monte Generoso. These lived and became extinct on Monte Generoso between 30-50'000 years ago. The cave has been prepared in a way that enables everyone, not only paleontologists, to visit. During the excavations in the cavern (bear cave), a number of relics have come to light that can be attributed to Neanderthal Man, who lived in the period between 40,000 and 60,000 years ago. Four items were found, the first two were found in 1998 and the rest in 2002, discovered in the "Sala Terminale" (the End Room). The cavern with important relics is located 30 minutes from the Restaurant Vetta on Italian territory. The path leading to it is convenient and well signposted.
Note(s) Guided tour. Before leaving for the cave, entrance tickets should be bought in Capolago or from the cash-desk of the self-service restaurant. The guide awaits visitors in the cave.
Period advised: May and october only for groups (booking) / June - september for everybody
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