Ispinigoli Cave

The Cave of Ispinigoli, used in recent centuries by shepherds, was only studied in the 1970s. One of the highest stalagmites in Europe (no fewer than 38 metres) was discovered here, joining the floor with the ceiling.

The place is also popular with speleologists, owing to the 60-metre-deep “Abisso delle Vergini”. Bones were found at the bottom of the cavity which was believed to have been used as a sacrificial site for young women in honour of the Phoenician fertility goddess. Instead, these remains date back to the Nuragic civilisation (1700-700 BC).

The cave is located near the municipality of Dorgali (province of Nuoro), not far from the sea and the entrance fee is €10.

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