• Trekking

  • Speleologia carsica

  • Speleologia urbana

  • Storia ed archeologia sotterranea

  • Ricerche


Who is online

We have 162 guests and no members online


Articles View Hits

User Rating: 5 / 5

Star ActiveStar ActiveStar ActiveStar ActiveStar Active

Translated Jeff Matthews

Term referring to natural cavities used and adapted to serve as shelters, depots etc. during the First World War.

During the Great War, both the Austrians and Italians made use of caves, primarily in the Kras region. They used both horizontal and vertical caves in which they built depots and quarters for the troops, sometimes over several stories, with ventilation shafts, drinking water and adequately protected entrances. Other caves were modified to house both light and heavy arms. In the Kras regions of Trieste and Gorizia, alone, about 200 of them have been counted. This type of work has become known as a war cave.

(Gariboldi I., “Le grotte di guerra”, in Bertarelli L. V., Boegan E., ed., Duemila Grotte. Quarant’anni di esplorazioni nella Venezia Giulia, Touring Club Italiano, Milano 1926, pp. 129-152).


Padovan Gianluca (ed. ), Archaeology of the Subsoil. Lectures and studies of artificial cavities. British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1416, Oxford 2005.

Basilico Roberto et alii, Italian Cadastre of Artificial Cavities. Part 1. (Including introductory comments and a classification), B.A.R. International Series 1599, Oxford 2007.

Gianluca Padovan (Associazione S.C.A.M. – Federazione Nazionale Cavità Artificiali)

Click on images to enlarge

Gherlizza F., Radacich M., Grotte della Grande Guerra

Please login to comment
  • No comments found

Take A Quick Photo Visit Beneath Naples!

THE SUBSOIL OF NAPLES - English translation of rare book on Naples Underground finished

Best image

News from Abroad

All published content, unless otherwise indicated, is subject to the Creative Commons license
The site www.napoliunderground.org is updated irregularly and thus is not to be considered a newspaper or editorial product as defined by law n.62 of March 7, 2001
Napoli Underground (NUg) is an independent organization concerned solely with exploring, researching, educating and informing; it is not connected with any of the many associations that serve tourism and/or provide guided tours of our city.


This website uses cookies to manage authentication, navigation, and other functions. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.
View e-Privacy Directive Documents