Fabio Forti


The paper reports the tourist evolution of the Grotta Gigante (Giant Cave), near Trieste (Italy) during 80 years (1908 - 1989) of its opening to the public. At the beginning it entered in competition with some other local show caves, even much more famous (like Postojna and Stocjan), after the II World War on account of the change of the state boundaries it remained the sole show cave in that part of Italy. Then the Grotta Gigante succeeded, even if slowly, to cope with the changing tourist demands, improving more and more its facilities to follow the increasing tourist flows. In recent years the visitors decreased slowly but steadily. Such a decrease is due to reasons independent of the management of the Grotta Gigante; these facts are reported and analyzed and the cooperation of other show caves is asked in order to establish a common strategy when similar factors are present.