Caves. Underground cavities. Stalactites and stalagmites….
The charm of these places in the collective imagination is absolutely indisputable.
And Puglia, in this sense, is no exception, with its splendid Castellana Caves, among the most visited tourist sites in the entire Region.
Located a short distance from Alberobello, these caves are one of the most incredible natural places in all of Italy. And by visiting them it is easy to understand why.
Along the approximately 3 kilometers of the route you can admire caves, chasms, underground canyons, lakes and incredible stalactites.
You descend to over 60 meters deep to admire this wonderful, truly unique and exciting scenery. Like “Hell in the Cave”, the evocative event that brings Dante’s hell inside the caves.
Photo ©, Alessandro e Damiano
The caves are located in the small town of Castellana Grotte, in Puglia, just over 50km from Bari.
The car is the best solution to reach the place, especially in terms of time. A large parking area is available for those arriving by car.
Public transport connections are limited to a single bus line from Bari Centrale train station. From here the bus takes about 80 minutes to get to Castellana Grottos. The ticket can be purchased in conjunction with the train on the official Trenitalia website and on the app. It costs €3.30 per person to add to the cost of the train journey.
The visit to the Castellana Caves starts from Greve, the first is a larger cavity which leads to over 60 meters of depth.
From here it is possible to follow only two mandatory routes: PARTIAL and COMPLETE.
The complete itinerary allows you to visit the Caves in their entirety. It is approximately 3 kilometers long with an average duration of approximately 2 hours.
The partial itinerary, however, is reduced to about a third of the route, for a total duration of 50′.
Castellana caves are open all year round from Monday to Sunday, including public holidays (unless otherwise specified).
Hours vary depending on the day and seasonality.
Generally the caves are open from 9am to 5pm (in summer they close after 6pm).
Visits generally take place every hour at specific times. It is recommended to consult the calendar on the official website for specific times.
For the complete itinerary the ticket costs €18 per adult and €15 reduced. For the partial itinerary the cost is €15 (reduced, €12).
Children aged 6 to 14 pay the reduced rate. Children up to 5 years old enter FREE accompanied by a paying adult.
For the visit you must wear clothes suitable for the temperature of the place (which varies between 14 and 18 degrees).
It is advisable to bring a light backpack with water, a sweatshirt or jacket, and wear comfortable shoes.