The Caves of Rescia are located in Porlezza, on the shores of Lake Lugano, a village surrounded by green mountains, a destination for excursions and walks.
Porlezza is a place with a strong tourist destination in the summer months of many tourists in particular the Dutch, German and Swiss. On 16th August, during the San Rocco celebrations, the traditional fireworks show is held on the lake.
Porlezza is also famous because you can find the church dedicated to San Vittore, one of the fifty-seven medieval churches of the ancient diocese of Milan. The church of S. Vittore, buried in the landslide of the seventeenth century, has reappeared following excavations conducted since 1966. Of historical interest is the hamlet of Cima, which has maintained a typical medieval structure with remains of ancient walls and fortifications.
A few kilometers from the village, in the direction of Menaggio, you can visit Lago di Piano, a nature reserve and site of European Community importance, and, going towards Val D’intelvi, the Caves of Rescia. These natural caves were formed over the centuries by the action of limestone waters; they are the only tourist caves of this kind in Lombardy.
The route consists of 7 different caves that are joined together by tunnels and staircases built at the beginning of the last century. From an opening in the mountain you enter a submerged world where there are small waterfalls and streams, being completely surrounded by imposing stalactites and stalagmites.
The route is illuminated and, thanks to all the necessary precautions, it is suitable for adults and children. Through a natural opening in the middle of the path you can admire the gorge where the Santa Giulia waterfall, 70 meters high, is shattered.
These caves, even if small, represent a natural jewel of Lake Ceresio, Val D’Intelvi and the entire Province of Como.