Name: Grotta della neve (o del Collegio)

Location:  Contrada SS Cristo, elevation  approx. 1160m

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: this volcanic cave was transformed into an icehouse to store the snow accumulated during the winter for consumption in the summer months. The arched vault is partially collapsed.

ENTRANCE: Free/Outdoor attraction

GEOLOGY:  Along the road to reach the ice cave, you can observe the various 17th century lava flows that occurred from 1614-1624.


By car: you can park along the basalt road through the volcanic park, or at the refuge at Piano dei Grilli.

by foot: From the start of the basalt road, the Grotto is several km distance.  However, from the Piano dei Grilli it is approx. 400 m to the grotto.