From the cellars in Palazzo Leopardi it is possible to enter one of the most interesting and better preserved caves of Osimo: the Grotte Riccioni.
Although not so extended, the cave is characterized by a very particular structure. Furthermore its symbols are strictly connected with Templars.
The star-shaped circular room at the end of the tour is unique. Inside you feel still the sense of mystery and secrecy, the same one once ministrants should perceive. Seated in their own places carved into sandstone, each one of them would have been able, from that position, only to listen to the others without looking at their faces.
The recess that once should be used by the watchman, the eight armed cross at the entrance, the face in high relief sculpted on the wall of the room are worth a visit.
That place, on which hundreds of years ago stood a Templar Domus, should have been once a meeting point for the members of that Sacred Order.
The cave belongs to Riccioni family and is not artificially lighted. Although there are only guided tours, we advise to carry a torch.”
Riccioni's Caves are private, and for this reason, it is possible to visit them only by request for groups of at least 8 paying individuals, the "TOUR Heart/Earth of the CAVE. Journey into the depths" is available. The tour will include a visit to the three caves of Cantinone, Piazza Dante, and Riccioni. The cost is €10 per person. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
For information and reservations, please contact (+39)800228800 / firstname.lastname@example.org.