Gravina Sotterranea

Gravina Sotterranea, Gravina in Puglia: Hours, Address, Gravina Sotterranea Reviews: 4.5/5

Gravina Sotterranea
4.5
Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
About
In 2005 a group of speleologues leaded by Mr Michele Parisi, discovers and makes know to people tunnels, cisterns,aqueducts, cells, rocky churches, barns, old furnaces hidden in meanders placed under the city centre. In this suggestive world they discovered great towers and ruins of old city walls. It is very interesting to admire the historical cells of the Ducal Palace (the house in which pope Benedict XIII was born), the cell placed under the seat of Gravina Souterrain.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Judith J
Osnabrück, Germany17 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
We arrived in Gravina more or less by chance because we were looking for a town to stop at before going further south in Puglia. Having found a nice place to stay here via AirBnB we checked out what to do here and one of the first things that popped up was "Gravina Sotterranea". We read the reviews here and thought that at least it must be "ok". Having done a 1,5h tour with Francesco this morning (wanted to do the 2h tour, but a road was closed for construction work), we can only agree to all the positive things that have been posted here so far: this was one of the best guided tours we ever did (to be honest way better than visiting Pompeji). Doing the tour you will get to see an underground that you will not have seen before plus a great story about how the city above and under ground developed. Francesco was a great guide, very enthusiastic and passionate about the history behind everything and also very eager to connect the old with the new to show you how life used to be in Gravina and how the underground is seen by the people today. As this is great value for money we would absolutely recommend to do the tour. You can chose between 4 different tours from 15min to 2h. There is a huge difference in temperature - when we were there it was 30 degrees C outside and about 12 degrees C in the underground - very nice to cool down, but you may want to bring a sweater or light jacket when doing this in autumn/winter.
Way to go guys and keep bringing up your cities unique part of history to people.
Written August 24, 2015
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Gur B
Israel8 contributions
May 2016 • Family
We spent a couple of hours on a rainy day touring the underground parts of Gravina In Puglia and found it very interesting. It gives a new perspective on how the city was (and still is) built and on what was it like in past centuries. The cons are that this tour is not very interesting for very young kids after maybe the first 30 minuets, and that no English speaking guide was available when we were there.
Written May 7, 2016
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Christine M
Dunoon, UK148 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
We visited the cellars of Gravina as a group after a day walking in the nearby countryside. The guide was excellent, pointing out things we might never have seen and making clear why quarries I'd seen on another trip looked like brick-built rail sidings (it's because of how limestone is cut). An awesome experience to think of the citizens burrowing under the city and using the cut stone to build above ground - and to look at the small vents used to circulate air, and recognise them when we returned to street level.
Unforgettable.
Written October 15, 2015
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Jan N
Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic455 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
About attraction we learned by accident at the information center, where we got the address. The place was near, a small street in the city center, in the evening. Only closed doors. He spoke to a man who spoke only Italian. We have done is only a small circle - about 20-30min - and in Italian. We do not speak Italian ... But it was perfect. The special atmosphere of this place, stunning caves and cisterns - and people lived here before. It is a pity that we did not have time - I'd seen it all over again. I really recommend.
Written October 5, 2015
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Ana Cristina S
24 contributions
Jul 2015
Incredible information about the life of "the town beneath the town" - actually the town was built by excavating underneath it to obtain rock for construction! Take the longest tour, which includes a tour above ground, over the bridge, offering a great view of the town. (It completes the tour of Matera.) Better to call first, on the http://gravinasotterranea.it website (even 1 hour in advance is enough).
Written July 12, 2015
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richardfineo
Palm Desert, CA6 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
Gravina in Puglia proved to be a fantastic destination. The "sassi", ancient caves that were occupied for over three millenia, dot the the surounding area, rivaling those found in nearby Matera, a Unesco World Heritage Sight. The town of Gravina has become a culinary destination for Italians who find the diet of the South, featuring olive oils, greens, tomatoes and fish to be both healthy and delicious. The freindliness of the town is evidetn from the moment you arrive, condusive to a lovely "passegiata" as the evening settles in and the locales come out. You can "visit" Italy, which is always a great idea, or you can "experience" Italy, a rare and wonderful way to know a country. Gravina in Puglia provides the latter.
Written October 12, 2013
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Dario954
Pisa, Italy319 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
Excellent starting point for your visit to Gravina in Puglia! Guide is very well prepared, will make you an appointment to suite and also offers guides in English as well as Italian. Tour takes you through a very instructive underground start, through the Sassi, into the water-duct and what's left of Etruscan tombs. The tour offers an insight to the city that you wouldn't normally be able to capture. Great way to spend the morning or afternoon and tough history with hand. Underground is well preserved and presented, all via steps and walking through the city as well.
Written February 14, 2016
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TrustfulLove
New York City, NY718 contributions
One of the most interesting and surprising guided tours I've ever taken! The caves are simply stunning, and the guide, a most passionate kid whose dedication brought us all over town with joy and enthusiasm.
Written February 8, 2015
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ajojo
Gravina in Puglia, Italy123 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
when first we toured we saw amazing depths in the city..however the second time we had an unusually energetic guide. He lled us to many more loer levels that were in various places of the city, telling us of the history and the lore. Such a interesting (and exhusting) trip into the lower levels of Gravina, my fathers birthplace. we were fortunate to get a very special view of the ancient Church in the murge next to the deep creek, seeing the piled sculls of the past piled in a burial room was unexpected. If in Gravina ,it is a must to insist of a full tour, you will be delighted.
Written November 1, 2014
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Leomadera
Margherita di Savoia, Italy58 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
Suggestive underground route, with a passionate and prepared guide. It is possible to perceive the exceptional ability to adapt the population in the various historical periods. Perhaps more care should be taken in preserving certain places. To be tried absolutely
Written October 24, 2018
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