We visited the famous Blue Grotto at Italy’s island of Capri.
a natural grotto deep in the woods
We passed the night in a grotto hollowed in the snow, which afforded us but poor shelter...
Mark Twain -- A Tramp Abroad
The burning snakes twisted horribly and some crawled burning across the floor of the grotto to illuminate its darker recesses.
Cormac McCarthy -- The Road
Someone had built a grotto of rocks around the base of the tub.
Pam Munoz Ryan -- Esperanza Rising
From what she can tell, it’s a low grotto, maybe four yards long and half as wide, shaped like a loaf of bread.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
Like a rock falling into one of those bottomless Wieliczka grottoes, he plummeted from her remembrance—another innocuous flirtation consigned to the dusty unopened scrapbook.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
And indeed it was the most delightful cavity or grotto of its kind that could be desired, though entirely dark.
Daniel Defoe -- Robinson Crusoe
The cool waters of the creek came out of a dark, shadowy grotto of overhanging thicket, then flowed about thirty feet before they entered the large pond.
Rudolfo Anaya -- Bless Me, Ultima
They stood in a ragged line, facing the shadowed grotto.
Stephenie Meyer -- The Host
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Built fifty-seven feet beneath ground level, the Louvre’s newly constructed 70,000-squarefoot lobby spread out like an endless grotto.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
The walls were lined with the dark openings of caves, which differed in size from grottoes no larger than a man to a gaping cavern larger than a house.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
He would not deign to examine even the masterpieces of Elephanta, or the mysterious hypogea, concealed south-east from the docks, or those fine remains of Buddhist architecture, the Kanherian grottoes of the island of Salcette.
Jules Verne -- Around the World in 80 Days
There the Varden may visit him without disturbing our sacred grottos, and Ajihad will receive the respect he is due.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
"If you go on nagging, I’ll drag you back to Martin’s grotto and chain you up again."
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The sea, like a crinkled chart, spread to the horizon, and lapped the sharp outline of the coast, while the houses were white shells in a rounded grotto, pricked here and there by a great orange sun.
Daphne du Maurier -- Rebecca
The grave decisions facing the camerlegno required information …. information entombed in a sarcophagus in the Vatican Grottoes.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
Emerging beyond the thicket we found ourselves on firm ground, near the precipitous wall of rock, and perceived a clear sparkling brook flowing from an opening, which proved to be a cave or grotto of considerable size.
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
It is said to be a grotto.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
He now realized that the walls of the cave had dissolved around him, and he was standing in a grotto on the backside of the waterfall.
William P. Young -- The Shack
’tis the grotto of Neptune.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
They spread again, walking and then running, and then walking on the hot hillside places where there would be sudden cool grottoes that smelled of moss, and sudden open blasting places that smelled of sun on stone.
Ray Bradbury -- The Martian Chronicles
Over their heads he saw that an area of lawn right in front of the castle had been transformed into a sort of grotto full of fairy lights — meaning hundreds of actual living fairies were sitting in the rosebushes that had been conjured there, and fluttering over the statues of what seemed to be Father Christmas and his reindeer.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
And plink! a silver drop falls, and the round wrinkles in the glass make all the towers bend and waver like weeds and corals in a grotto of the sea.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Two Towers
Every shadowy nook, where seats invited one to stop and rest, was a mass of bloom, every cool grotto had its marble nymph smiling from a veil of flowers and every fountain reflected crimson, white, or pale pink roses, leaning down to smile at their own beauty.
Louisa May Alcott -- Little Women
Out of her oakframe a nymph with hair unbound, lightly clad in teabrown artcolours, descends from her grotto and passing under interlacing yews stands over Bloom.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
Then Rhunon led him to a low, grotto-like chamber set within the trunk of one of the trees out of which her house was grown.
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
It twinkled and glinted, like breathing, the floatslow like breathing too, and debris half submerged, healing out to the sea and the caverns and the grottoes of the sea.
William Faulkner -- The Sound and the Fury
She walks me down into a grotto, past a circle of tall crystals, delicate as glass.
Libba Bray -- A Great and Terrible Beauty
In the small hours of the third watch, when stars that shone out in the first dusk of evening had gone down to their setting, a giant wind blew from heaven, and clouds driven by Zeus shrouded land and sea in a night of storm; so, just as Dawn with finger tips of rose touched the windy world, we dragged our ship to cover in a grotto, a sea cave where nymphs had chairs of rock and sanded floors.
Homer -- The Odyssey
When he smiled and asked me what they served, I shouted, "Guts and duck’s feet and octopus gizzards!" Then I ran off with my friends, shrieking with laughter as we scampered across the alley and hid in the entryway grotto of the China Gem Company, my heart pounding with hope that he would chase us.
Amy Tan -- The Joy Luck Club
There was a grotto within it, watered by a gentle, purling spring and with a stream that widened to a grassy pool.
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
There the heat was thick; it collected stagnant in the rocks, which were soft and eaten by rain acids into grottos and Cambodian shapes.
Saul Bellow -- The Adventures of Augie March
As she left I became aware of a deep wild perfume exhumed in the rising heat of the day, lifting invisibly from the untrimmed hedges and grottoes of ill-disciplined flowers.
Pat Conroy -- The Lords of Discipline
Once, as a boy, sneaking the cool grottoes behind a motion picture theatre screen, on his way to a free seat, he had glanced up and there towering and flooding the haunted dark seen a women’s face as he had never seen it since, of such size and beauty built of milk-bone and moon-flesh, at to freeze him there alone behind the stage, shadowed by the, motion of her lips, the bird-wing flicker of her eyes, the snow-pale-death-shimmering illumination from her cheeks.
Ray Bradbury -- Something Wicked This Way Comes
Here and there would appear some meaningless erection, a sham grotto, a mill, for which the trees made room by drawing away from it, or which was borne upon the soft green platform of a grassy lawn.
Marcel Proust -- Swann’s Way
The grotto was pitch-dark by the time they finished.
George R.R. Martin -- A Storm of Swords
They rested in Cacciato’s rock grotto.
Tim O’Brien -- Going After Cacciato
Three days later, on the eighteenth day of July, on a Saturday, we reached a kind of vast grotto.
Jules Verne -- A Journey to the Center of the Earth
The carved steps finally opened into a cold, moist grotto whose walls were covered in gray-green fungi.
Henry H. Neff -- The Second Siege
I’m going to kiss every inch of your naked skin, your lovely breasts, and your delicious grotto.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
"A grotto," the demon hissed.
Henry H. Neff -- The Maelstrom
The grotto by Missing’s back wall and in earshot of the little creek was rapidly becoming the family burial plot.
Abraham Verghese -- Cutting for Stone
They even had created a small grotto to Our Lady of Guadalupe alongside the pile of cinder blocks that served as the backstop.
W. William Winokur -- The Perfect Game
The path leads us through tall fields of wheat, past neat rows of olive trees and the grotto where the Runes of the Oracle once stood.
Libba Bray -- Sweet Far Thing
Day and night they heard the muffled thud of the picks above and dreamt of the collapse of the grotto and of every ghastly eventuality.
Richard Adams -- Watership Down
A section of the level ground had been fenced in to form a garden with gravel paths, flowerbeds, and an artificial grotto beneath a stately silver fir.
Thomas Mann -- The Magic Mountain
More practically, he saw for himself great mansions in the ground, grottoes buried in the deep heart of a hill, vast chambers of brown earth, sumptuously appointed with his bee-like plunder.
Thomas Wolfe -- Look Homeward, Angel
It became apparent immediately that the house was but a mask or covering for the mouth of a natural cave or grotto, probably forty feet long, nine or ten high, and twelve or fifteen in width.
Lew Wallace -- Ben Hur
As they sped from chamber to vaulted chamber, down tunnels and chasms and wells, through labyrinths and grottoes and corridors of stone, Sam set his mind adrift, to move down the ways of memory and back.