Learn about underground nature and stay cool and collected!
Less than one hour's ride away are the caves of Castellana. Also known as the Grotte di Castellana, the caves are one of the most important attractions of Puglia and natural heritage of inestimable value to Italy.
The beauty of the Caves of Castellana attracts tourists from all over the world and since the day of their opening have marveled more than 15 million visitors. The tour winds along a distance of under 2 miles, and it is a unique guided tour of the caves to more than 60 meters deep in an amazing scenario made of stalactites, stalagmites, concretions, incredible shapes, fossils, canyons and caves with fantastic names; calcifications from conformations and amazing colors solicit.
Centuries ago, these underground caverns acted as natural storage containers for farmers, until stories of resident monsters and ghosts scared locals into avoiding the area completely. They were uncovered again in 1938, and nowadays they’re a popular spot with holidaymakers. You’ll have an hour or so to wander through the 2-mile complex, admiring the spiky rock formations that decorate the caves. Visit the Grave, with its natural skylight, and the White Cave, which features a crystal-covered basin and milky-white stalagmites.
During the exploration, at a constant temperature of around 65 degrees, you will feel wonder and astonishment for the great show that nature delivers. It took hundreds of millions of years to create the natural state that has shaped the rock into fantastic speleothems in which young and old people like to recognize something or someone.
- Please bring a sweater or jacket as the caves are much cooler than the air.
- Walking shoes are best as you will walk through the uneven floor of the caves.
- Entrance to the caves is included in the tour cost.
Days offered: 7 days a week