These grottoes in Puglia were explored for the first time in January 1938. The series of underground karst caves were formed by rainwater which collected at surface level and easily penetrated the crevices in the limestone layer below.
The winding course of these waters cut out caves and tunnels, and formed stalactites and stalagmites in great numbers. The lunar landscape, made up of crystalline columns and jagged points, glows and sparkles.
Its natural sculptures fill up the caves and crevices which wind on for more then 2 km, and include the Nera, Cavernone dei Monumenti and Della Civetta grottoes, the smaller Del Presepe grotto, and the wonderful Grotta Bianca (White Grotto).
40km SE Bari, 2km from Castellana town.
- Adults 15 Euro
- Children from 6 to 14 years old 12 Euro (free for children under 6 years old).
- Adults 10 Euro
- Children from 6 to 14 years old 8 Euro (free for children under 6 years old).
Long tours in English start at 11.00 am and at 4.00 pm (from April to September).
Short tours in English start at 1.00 pm and at 6.30 pm (from April to September).
Timings can change for other times of the year. Please call number above for more info.
From the 1st of October English tours are available for groups of minimum 20 people only and they must be booked calling number above.
For more info please visit the official website: Grotte di Castellana.