CAVES OF CASTELLANA
All year round, in Apulia
A SYSTEM OF UNDERGROUND CAVERNS
The “Caves of Castellana”, a vast underground system of karst caves, located approx. 1,5km outside the town of Castellana Grotte, is an important tourist attraction and generally defined as one of the most beautiful and spectacular cave systems in Italy.
The caves extend for 3.348 meters total and reach a maximum depth of 122m below street level. Inside the cave system the temperature stays constantly around 16,5°C.
From 1 April 2022, the possession of the reinforced green pass or the basic one is no longer required to access the Caves.
The use of surgical masks is recommended.
VISIT THE GROTTOES
The visit to the Caves of Castellana is guided by our multi-lingual and experienced staff and winds along a comfortably paved trail. Reaching roughly 70 meters underground the excursion leads into an astonishing scenario made of stalactites, stalagmites, fossils, cavities and caves with fanciful names.
After having explored other caves in the area, which had had only limited extensions and proofed useless for the purpose of exploration, the Speleologist Franco Anelli reached the edge of the sinkhole known as “Grave” on January 23rd, 1938. The explorer descended into the depth of the first cave and, following a sidewall, discovered a small passage, […] which led, after a few dozens of meters, into a second cavern, so enormous that the light beam of the acetylene lamp couldn’t illuminate the walls and ceiling of the cave, which would later be named Cavern of Monuments. Once back outside, Anelli decided to come back two days later to continue the exploration.