Wednesday, March 07, 2007

My love is the South of Italy

"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver." Martin Luther

I kept on my adventurous discovery of South of Italy. Yesterday I visited a wander of the nature- Castellana Caves or Grotte Di Castellana. It's incredible! The trip to Italy was worthy at least for the things I saw underground: thousands and thousands of stalagtites and stalagmites, incredible miracles deep under ground.

The main chamber, called Grave, is 70m deep. This is the level of the whole cave system, which elongates about 3km. The Grave seems to be a hall, but it is a huge passage, 50m wide, up to 60m high, and almost 600m long. This passage is separated into chambers and alcoves by huge formations, forming towers and castles, walls and bridges. Castellana cave has a fascinating variety of dripstones. The path makes a circle inside this huge cavern, returns almost to the staircase and then goes down into the north-western branch where the tours enter a lift and return to the surface...

Then I visited Alberobello, a town with very unique houses. They were built out of stone and looked like hats. Why? The farmers wanted to avoid paying taxes...

Want to know more?

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At 12:22 PM , Blogger jazzzzitup said...


how did you go from castellana cave to alberobello?

At 2:55 PM , Blogger Tony said...

By car. Also there is a good train conection. It comes to Castellana every 45-60 min. The ride is less then 1h. If you have more questions would be happy to answer. Enjoy!


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