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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.

Announcement

“STRENGTHENED” GREEN PASS

From December 25th, even in the white area to access the Caves it is mandatory to wear an FFP2 mask, moreover it is necessary to show the “strengthened” green pass, that is a green pass generated following vaccination or recovery. As per DECREE-LAW 24 December 2021, n. 221

Itineraries

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.

The history

ANCIENT LEGENDS

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.

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