The village of Borgo Rivola is a small town of the Municipality of Riolo Terme and is located within the “Vena del Gesso Romagnola Regional Park”.
Here is King Tiberius’s Cave, the longest and most celebrated cave in the Vena del Gesso Romagnola Regional Park.
It is reachable through a narrow, and in some points steep, panoramic path that climbs up the side of the chalky wall, connected to the internal pathways of the mining site.
During the climb, just before reaching the entrance to the cave, you notice the entrance to a quarry tunnel, among the many excavated in the 60s and 70s. Inside Monte Tondo there is in fact a network of artificial tunnels over 20 kilometers long.
From the entrance hall of the cave you can enjoy a splendid view of the valley and the underlying Borgo Rivola.
Over 4 km long, King Tiberius’s Cave is easily accessible, with normal clothing, for a stretch of about sixty meters up to the Gothic Chamber.
Beyond this chamber, one can go on only with speleological equipment, and the permission of the owner of the cave is always required.
The cave can only be visited with a guide and it is not possible to access it independently.
Not far from King Tiberius’s Cave, the Visitor Center on Karst and Speleology opened at the end of 2002. The Museum is a thematic reference point of the area, able to host educational activities of schools of all levels, as well as all people interested in discovering the fascinating underground world of the Vena del Gesso. The structure is also equipped with an information point and a hostel, for the convenience for the many excursion groups, facilitating the use of the excursion network of the Regional Park in legs.
Among the many events, “Awakening Festival” takes place on the fist Sunday of April with a hike on the Gypsum Vein and a spring produce market, and the “Pumpkin and Bacarona grape” festival is on the second Sunday of October.