The Underground Caves in Osimo
Discovering the city underground Osimo
The lively old town atmosphere of Osimo contrasts with the quiet of a mysterious underground city, hiding tunnels and secret passages carved in the sandstone.
You can discover underground Osimo through three routes:
The Cantinone Caves
The Cantinone Caves are located under Osimo's covered market, under a part of the San Francesco convent, behind the Roman walls, and near the famous “Fonte Magna”. The path takes about 45 minutes during which you can explore suggestive galleries, tunnels, and underground wells. On the walls you can admire bass reliefs, engravings of allegorical and demonic figures, stylized representations of men and animals, emblems and epigraphs.
The Simonetti Cave
Located under the Hercolani Fava Simonetti building, the Simonetti Cave is privately owned and open to the public only on special occasions. Illuminated by wax candles, the path winds through wells and tunnels, up to a circular room where it branches out into other galleries. On the walls are engraved symbols that refer to the order of Templars.
The Fregonara-Gallo Caves
Discovered under Piazza Dante and near Palazzo Campana, the Fregonara-Gallo Caves were inaugurated in April 2014. Even though they were used as a bunker during the Second World War, they are much older. The enigmatic reliefs carved in the walls give the cave a charming and mysterious atmosphere. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes and a long sleeve shirt because the temperature is around 12 degrees.