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During the holidays, I went down to Puglia. Since I’ve now been in that area of Puglia more than a handful of times, I hint, hinted about seeing something a bit different this time around. I had heard of the Grotte di Castellana from another friend who often goes to Bari, which is nearby as well as Alberobello (famous for the trulli I showed you before). Unfortunately the wiki on this town contains only a sentence about it being close to Bari, so I will think about updating that page myself.
There are a few things to keep in mind if you’re interested in visiting: you can only visit the grotte with a guided tour, and there are two itineraries to choose from. The “short” itinerary is about 50 minutes the “long” one is 2 hours. I can’t think of a reason NOT to choose the longer itinerary as you obviously miss out on a lot of interesting sights only going partway into the grotte. The long itinerary is an extension of the short itinerary path so you don’t miss anything.
This is the main cavern, which is huge but you can’t tell it from the picture. It was discovered by Franco Anelli in 1938 and they came through that large opening above. The cavern was used as a storage space and also a grave at a certain point and they found quite a few interesting things when they first discovered the space.
Photographs are technically only allowed in specific rooms, which was too bad but also a mixed blessing since I mentioned before my camera was dying on that trip so the pictures weren’t the best anyway, and you really needed a professional camera and flash to get a decent shot (which is not allowed).