le grotte più famose di Puglia
They were discovered in 1938 by Franco Anelli, and are regarded
as the most magnificent in Italy. Long galleries alternate
with spectacular caves, and all of them filled with many forms
of stalactite and stalagmite.
visitable section of the caves covers about 3km, and the terminal
point of the route is the spectacular White Cave, which is
considered amongst the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful,
stalactite cave in the world.
you are in the area a visit to the caves is a must. Many hundreds
of visitors view the caves daily in the high season, but the
tours conducted in English do not seem oversubscribed.
most people come to Castellana for the caves, the town, a
couple of kilometers away, is well worth a visit on its own
has a historic centre rich in palaces of the 18th century.
Many churches stud the town and its historic centre: the Chiesa
del Purgatario is rich in renaissance and baroque paintings;
the church of S. Francesco d'Assisi has rich baroque altars,
decorated with stone statues and engravings .
Convent of the Frati Francesci is interesting and the annexed
church is dedicated to the Madonna della Vetrana, the patron
saint of the town, venerated because she saved the inhabitants
from the Black death in 1691. This event is remembered during
the festival of the "falò" (bonfire) every
January, when the picture of the Madonna goes from the convent
to the mother church with a solemn procession and, after a
week, comes back to the convent. The events are celebrated