Grotte di Castellana, Castellana Grotte

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Explore underground Italy with a visit to Grotte di Castellana, a cave system of inestimable importance for the world’s natural heritage. These limestone caves, discovered in 1938, are the country’s longest natural subterranean network of passages. The caves teem with a huge variety of native wildlife, and contain an extraordinary range of underground landscapes, with some of the world’s most astonishing stalactite and stalagmite formations. Inside these caverns, natural light streams in through the ceiling, filtering down into the darkness and creating curious visual effects, which change according to the time of day and the season. Don’t miss the so-called "White Cave," which is often described as the most shining cave in the world because of the whiteness of its alabaster walls. Guided tours are available daily, but be sure to check the official website for exact times before you make the trip. Our Castellana Grotte trip maker website makes visiting Grotte di Castellana and other Castellana Grotte attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I was prepared to be underwhelmed. My experience was just the opposite. I was overwhelmed by this underground world that neither pictures nor words can adequately describe. Must be seen to believe.  more »
  • It was a wonderful visit to a truly wonderful place. The guide was very good: prepared, kind and patient. The only sore point concerns the presence of three children during the visit they have created much confusion, disrupting the Group and repeatedly interrupting the Guide. Also touched and it rested on the rocks, which was absolutely forbidden for the good keeping of the place. I would say that children under a certain age should follow a tour or should not enter their own. Basically I, like everyone else, we paid a visit to hear the guide not to undergo continuous noise.
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  • Advice to the full tour, which lasts approximately 1 hour and 45. Easy, easy, really fascinating. Shame you can't take pictures.
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  • Very beautiful cave. There are no words to describe the beauty of what nature creates when humans don't interfere. Get the full tour and you will not regret it. The caves are big enough not to get claustrophobic, so don't worry. Some tips - go to the bathroom before and have 50 cents coins (for toilet entrance) because the tour is ca 2 hours long. Put on the best shoes you have because it is slippery inside. Open your eyes, really really wide, 'cause you will never see this kind of things again. Enjoy!
  • Wowee amazing caves. Touch nothing and no photos. It's cold down there and slippy in places so dress properly. You need a guide and probably useful to learn some Italian before visiting (as with all Italy).
  • Very neat visit. Our 3 children (ages 2, 5, 7) enjoyed even the long tour (about 1'45 long, about 2.5km of easy walking, with a few stairs). The cave is beautiful, and the formations mindblowing. The children enjoyed imagining what they could be. The guides were kind, gentle, helpful and patient, and, of course, knowledgeable. Go to the toilet (50 cents) before entering. We went in late November on a Sunday morning, and while there were about 70 people split between the 2 noontime tours (Italian only at this time of year), the only shop open in the vicinity was a souvenir shop with a coffee-automat. No cafés.
  • Beautiful cave but it’s a tourist trap. No photos allowed, even with the flash off. And the tour guide literally yells at you if he catches you snapping a picture. This rule is probably in place for economic reasons. 16 euro ticket does not include a free bathroom. Go during the late fall ir winter, it’s much less crowded!
  • The caves are amazing but organization is really poor. Timetable of guided tours is available only at the cave entrance, which may be a problem considering a fact that full tour with english guide is only at 11 and 16. Would be really useful to have that information online before trip to the cave... Also, ticket costs 16€ and it doesn't include free toilet.
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