In the depths of the earth
A forest of stalactites and stalagmites, almost an underground cathedral, between dark corners and beams of light, narrow tunnels and vast caverns: the Castellana Caves are the side of Puglia you don’t expect. You can descend into this complex of karstic underground cavities, at the gateway to the Itria Valley. Over three kilometres long and 122 metres deep, the breathtaking scenery features canyons, fossils, chasms, and rocks of all shapes and sizes.
You can explore the Caves along one of two itineraries suggested, one complete and one partial. You begin at the Grave, the largest cavern, lit by the light that shines through a large circular opening. In the centre stands a group of impressive stalagmites nicknamed “The Cyclopes”. After exploring the following caves, from the Lupa to the Madonnina, from the Reverse Column to the Desert Corridor, you will reach the Grotta Bianca (White Cave), so white that it almost seems to glow. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the cave temperatures, between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius.
Speleonight offers the unique opportunity to explore the caves at night, your steps illuminated only by the light on your helmet.