Today I would like to take you back to Italy to wander with me through the stunning cave system, Grotte di Castellana in Puglia, Southern Italy. Once all that could be seen of the system was a large hole in the ground that the locals thought the devil lived in but following explorations started in 1938 the system has been opened up and there is now over 3 kilometers of walkways which are easily accessible to the public.

There is a short route which takes about an hour or a longer two and a half hour route but either one will show you a wonderful world of stalagmites and stalactites lit up to show-off the impressive beauty of these fabulous rock formations.

As I walked through these magical tunnels and caverns I wondered how it must have felt to be the first to set eyes on these beautiful sculptures of nature.

And then I started to wonder just what manner of creature might lurk in those dark nooks and crannies or be waiting around the next corner…

The caves are not only used as a venue for regular theatre productions they have also been used for horror film showings – the perfect spooky location to create a menacing atmosphere.

Normally photography is not allowed but I was very kindly given permission to photograph the caves and have a private tour of this amazing creation of nature. A huge thank you to Roberto of the Borgobianco Resort and Spa and Grotte di Castellana for arranging this.

Tip: Visiting the caves at Castellana should be avoided in July/August when it is common for up to 500 people an hour to pass through the system, instead low season is the perfect time to to see the spectacular caves.

Full details of costs, opening times, news and events can be found on the Grotte di Castellana website.

 

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