Situated in a valley by the same name, Toirano – a small town sheltered by the hills – is a place of exquisite flavors and mysterious caves. And while the walls, towers and ancient houses of the town itself reveal a medieval past, the fertile landscape all around is dotted with olive presses used to produce olive oil of the highest quality. Indeed, this product is the protagonist of one of the most popular local festivals: the Festa dei Gumbi, “gumbi” being the local word for olive presses. Yet the true charm of Toirano lies in its underground caves, which stretch for over a kilometer and conceal fascinating stalactites and stalagmites, like sculptures forged by nature over millennia. Visitors can even see ancient traces of Homo Sapiens Sapiens, dating back to 12,000 years ago. This is a place of age-old, powerful beauty, the caves a treasure trove of history and nature, a monument to be admired in awestruck silence.