100% ACCESSIBLE CAVES
No more barriers!
VISITS ACCESSIBLE TO ALL
The company Grotte di Castellana srl works daily to guarantee the possibility to visit the caves and to access the trails to all visitors with disabilities, using methods, routes and technological tools identified in the “100% Accessible Caves“ project. Thanks to a team of specialized operators, it is possible to experience the sensory emotions that the underground environment offers in complete safety. No more barriers, beauty must be accessible to everyone.
The App Grotte di Castellana Guida LIS
A GUIDE FOR THE HEARING-IMPAIRED
The App Grotte di Castellana Guida Lis is a video guide, with Italian sign language LIS, of the itinerary of the Caves of Castellana.
Created as part of the 100% Accessible Caves project, it also enables hearing impaired people to take advantage of the guide service inside the karst complex.
From the description of the different environments to the useful notions for visiting the Caves of Castellana, as well as the presentation of the two possible itineraries and information on shows and events: a video guide designed for the hearing impaired, created with the support of specialized technicians and with the contents created by guides of the Caves of Castellana.
100% Accessible Caves
There are two types of visits, both available via reservation, and subject to the degree of the visitor’s disability conditions:
• The special tour, which is organized with dedicated timetables and methods, lasts about 90 minutes, an adequate time to welcome guests with disabilities and also allow family members and carers to fully enjoy the stillness of the images and sounds of the cave in a magical atmosphere.
The group, guided and assisted by specialized operators, accesses the gigantic first cave “Grave “ with a lift and visits a series of caves, predominantly along the main itinerary of the Caves of Castellana, for about 400 meters on an accessible trail that goes from the “Grave” to the Cavern of the Well.
• The visit to the White Cave, more demanding in terms of duration (about 3 hours) and distance (3 km long round trip).
Compared to the special tour, the group, guided and assisted by specialized operators as well, travels along the entire itinerary of the Caves of Castellana.
The visit to the White Cave is possible only by respecting some minimum feasibility conditions.
The visit can be anticipated by an introductory explanation in the “Franco Anelli” Speleological Museum (building adjacent to the lifts) or be completed in the same building at the end of the activity (both only upon request by the group). The service provides computer and telephone consultancy and assistance from the beginning of the “dedicated visit” to final greetings.
Accessibility is guaranteed to wheelchairs with a maximum width of 65 cm. The company Grotte di Castellana srl is equipped with (a limited number of) wheelchairs.
A special experience
This workshop is focused on the integration and enhancement of various abilities, and turns the visit of the Caves of Castellana certainly into a special experience, a symbolic journey that favors the encounter between the Body of the Person and the Body of Mother Earth. Participants will be guided to listen, to explore and to welcome the musicality of Nature with all their senses. The natural environment of the Caves of Castellana is not only a physical place but also a “native-affective” place to be discovered in every stone, in every rock, in every drop, in every form.
The workshop starts off with a meeting prior to the visit, designed to enhance the notion of mind, senses and body and to equip the participants (groups or students) with personal perception tools. By focusing on curiosity, tactile, auditory and synaesthetic stimuli, they will be able to immerse themselves into the underground environment with a sharpened perception of self, becoming active explorers and protagonists of their own journey, together with their companions.
The visit is followed by a meeting to re-elaborate the experiences lived through all available perceptions.
Groups, visiting hours and reservations
CAVES OF CASTELLANA, ACCESSIBLE FOR GROUPS
The caves are accessible to individuals, but also groups with different disabilities, to people in wheelchairs accompanied by family members or carers.
The number of specialized accompanying persons has to correspond to the composition of the group.
The excursion is suitable for people with physical, mental, intellectual-relational and sensory disabilities.
An information form to verify the psychophysical conditions of the visitor and the compatibility with the micro climate and the typical specificity of the cave environment is expected to be completed.
VISITING TIMES AND DURATION
The tours are available at dedicated times (at 9.00am and at 2.00pm)
- Short tour: approx. 90 minutes
- Complete tour (all the way to the White Cave): approx. 3 hours
IN PUGLIA ALL YEAR ROUND
Since the opening of the karst site is guaranteed all year round, thanks to the constant temperature inside the caves of Castellana , it is possible to enjoy the visit in all seasons.
An afternoon visit in August is not recommended.
CONTACTS AND REERVATONS FOR DEDICATED TOURS FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT DEAMBULATE
Grotte di Castellana srl, as part of the 100% Accessible Caves project, reserves a privileged channel to receive information and to book your visit.
Reservation is mandatory.
It is possible to call +39.380.714.3284 or write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The C.A.S.A. consortium
THE "LIFE PROJECT"
The C.A.S.A. consortium was founded by the Association of the families “Mano a Mano” from Bari, and A.So.Tu.Dis from Gioia del Colle. It is run by Cooperatives that operate for the accessibility and the social integration. It proposes activities that answers the actual needs of the person and its family, throught the realisation of the “Life Project”, with educative, rehabilitation and integration moments.
The Consortium offers adequate services for every need. In particular, a individualized route is provided, in order to promote the autonomy of the poeple with disabilities using rehabilitative and educative integrate methods, as horse therapy, music therapy, swimming, psychomotor, home tutoring, theater, family support.
The C.A.S.A. consortium organizes the activities outside the Grotte, enabling the partipation of the visitors that can not or do not want to enter the caves.