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Interactive Museum of Earth Sciences in Equi Terme

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Descend, bold traveller, into the crater of Snæfellsjökull, which the shadow of Scartaris touches before the Kalends of July… and you will attain the centre of the Earth…

Jules Verne,
Voyage au centre de la Terre (1864)




Karst-Palaeontological Park
of the Caves in Equi Terme

It comprises facilities and tourist tours of a number of geosites and archaeosites, situated one near the other, where cultural, naturalistic and geological elements are enhanced.  It is formed by a perpetual karst spring [Buca di Equi Terme], some caves of palaeoetnhological and palaeontological interest [Tecchia di Equi Terme and Tana della Volpe (the fox’s den)], various thermal springs (radioactive thermo-sulphurous springs in Equi Terme) and paths along a deeply and vertically carved river stretch (Solco di Equi).
The Buca di Equi Terme (Equi Terme’s Hollows), whose discovery dates back to centuries ago, is a special karst geomorphosite. It was already described in 1726 and the first tourist activities started in 1964. It was reopened in 2001.
The cave stretches over a total of 1,500 m and is characterized by a single itinerary of 320 m.  The cave is situated in a small area which also includes the prehistoric site of Tecchia. The Museum of the “Grotte” (Caves) has been set up for tourists and schools. It is an educational exhibition on the physical landscape of surrounding areas and it reconstructs the palaeoenvironment in which Neanderthal men coexisted with cave bears.


ApuanGeoLab is a modern space of interactive activities, dedicated to the Earth Sciences. It is based on the Geolab of San Gemini (Terni), with the aim of offering a unique scientific experience from tourists and schools.

Here every visitor is a “geologist for a day”, starting on a journey that provides an explanation of the physical and chemical mechanisms which have formed and shaped the planet. The Earth’s interior and convection cells are the key-words in the first room; the second room is dedicated to plate tectonics theory and its effects on a global and local scale. It also describes the endogenous and exogenous forces that formed and then shaped the Apuan Alps. In the final room the visitor can observe the column representing the Apuan Alps “stratigraphy” in which every rock tells its story...

ApuanGeoLab also has an equipped laboratory in order to educational activities in Earth Sciences. This completes a progressive and structured program.


1. Geologist for a day
2. A slice of Earth
3. At the centre of the Earth
4. Coming back to home
5. Landmasses on the move
6. It’s all a quake
7. Stone by stone
8. Mountains appear
9. From limestone to marble
10. Caves: wells and galleries
11. The giants pots
12. Equi geosites
13. From Thetys Ocean to
       Mediterranean Sea

The Apuans in the geologic time