Petralia Caves are just 50mt from the holiday house Riva of the senses, thanks to its proximity to the caves of Catania, the holiday house riva dei sensi is perfect to visit other caves from Catania.
The city of Catania, which was built on lava eruptions occurred in prehistoric and historic times, the urban rich in underground caves, some of which are known, others are still unknown, others were destroyed or inaccessible to humans due to the lack of an entrance, natural or man-made. It is not easy to say how many natural cavities present in the subsoil of the city. Today, speleologists have featured about thirty. It is a natural heritage, largely unknown, because high urbanization did not permit a thorough census of the cavities, many of which open inside private property ...Moving toward via Leucatia, more precisely in via Filippo Billion, you get to the cave Petralia, the most impressive prehistoric lava tunnel located in a share so low (138 m s.l.m.). Has a development of almost 800 metres and runs under the streets, Leucatia Billion and De Logu. She was rescued by the claw of the caterpillar of the eaves, in 1990, by a woman in the neighborhood, Mrs. Katerina Petralia, who had the House directly above the cave. During World War II it was used as a bomb shelter, then as a winery and, finally, murata and turned into sewer. The great cave is a veritable history book of the last 4,000 years, with testimonies especially early Bronze age (1,800-1,400 b.c.). In this stunning Gallery of lava, which is still in excellent condition despite the constant threat of destruction by bulldozers and heavy traffic flowing onto via Leucatia, archaeologists have unearthed numerous ceramic fragments of bronze age Flint tools, bones of large mammals, a curious spherical lava pebbles, whose meaning eludes even today to the same archaeologists, vases, burials with human skeletons, fences made with appropriately placed stones on the floor of the cave, within which the prehistoric man probably took you initiation rites. In recent years, during the holiday season, in the large entrance hall of the cavity, Mrs. Katerina Petralia makes a nice crib with human figures to natural height.