The most beautiful caves in Apulia, discovering the enchanted cavities in the region

by | Nov 20, 2021 | Apulian News

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Enchanted places, places lost in the middle of nowhere, Apulia is perhaps one of the few Italian regions that has a vastness of landscapes to take your breath away. From time immemorial, all adventure lovers who go in search of the unknown, are enchanted by the crystal clear waters and everything that surrounds and completes the caves of Puglia. There are many names of these wonders, each with a different feature and its beauty that sets it apart from the others.


To begin with, the much-named Castellana Caves have always been famous for their beauty. They are real underground cavities of karst origin that for many years now attract thousands of tourists from all over Italy and why not, even from abroad. Located in the town of Castellana Grotte in Apulia, the cavity of these caves is nicknamed “La Grave” or also with mythological and fantastic names. You can visit them along a path of about one kilometer, navigating a depth of 330 meters.

Cave of Putignano

Noteworthy is the Cave of Putignano, to which we owe the tourist importance of the Castellana Caves, precisely because it was the first cave of karstic origin to be discovered and used for tourist purposes. Inside the cave there is a steel spiral staircase that allows the public to visit it.


Porto Badisco also boasts the beauty of an enchanting cave: the cave of deer. Born in a natural way along the coast of Salento, this cave, unlike the others, is not open to the public. You can only visit the long corridors of about 200 meters, to be exact three, which offer the vision of various pictograms ready to enchant the visitor.


Staying around the Salento coast, between Castro and Santa Cesarea Terme, Zinzulusa cave is one of the caves of Puglia par excellence. Inside it is rich in stalactites and stalagmites that make it a true natural wonder. It is famous above all for its clear but at the same time icy waters, but also for its small aquatic friends: the porifers. These marine organisms are accompanied by the presence of various endemic species. By divine will, it was discovered by the bishop of Castro, Antonio Francesco del Duca, although the first studies began about 150 years later.


Wanting to stay in the religious sphere, one of the caves of Christianity is the cave of St. Michael. This cave, located at the foot of the Gargano, is a pilgrimage destination for many believers. A feature of the cave, in addition to its majestic beauty that lets you think about how man uses a natural place to a small sanctuary, the temperature perceived in summer, one of the best to enjoy in summer, certainly a very cool and ideal place to rest and pray at the same time.


Last but not least, the cave of Turi, better known as “cave of St. Oronzo”, is of karstic origin and also here, according to tradition, St. Oronzo preached the Eucharist. To accommodate a greater number of believers, a church was built above the cave: the Cappellone di Sant’Oronzo. The cave is about 12 meters deep and can be visited by tourists.


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