Castellana Grotte

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Castellana Grotte
Comune
Comune di Castellana Grotte
Castellana Caves
Castellana Grotte is located in Italy
Castellana Grotte
Castellana Grotte
Location of Castellana Grotte in Italy
Coordinates: 40°53′N 17°10′E / 40.883°N 17.167°E / 40.883; 17.167Coordinates: 40°53′N 17°10′E / 40.883°N 17.167°E / 40.883; 17.167
CountryItaly
Region Apulia
Metropolitan cityBari (BA)
Government
 • MayorFrancesco De Ruvo
Area
 • Total67.96 km2 (26.24 sq mi)
Elevation300 m (1,000 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total19,435
 • Density290/km2 (740/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Castellanesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code70013
Dialing code080
Patron saintSt. Mary, St. Leone
Saint dayJanuary 12
WebsiteOfficial website

Castellana Grotte (Castellanese: Casteddône) is a town and comune in the province of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. Grotte means "caves" in Italian.

History[edit]

Geography[edit]

Agricultural center of the lower Murgia, it is 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of Bari.

Caves[edit]

One of the most important attractions in Apulia are the caves of Castellana Grotte, a complex of underground cavities of karst origin. Stalagmites, stalactites, canyons and caves characterise this pathway long 3 km to more than 60 meters deep. The Grotte of Castellana were discovered January 23, 1938 by cavers Franco Anelli and Vito Matarrese.

Notable residents[edit]

Francesco Laporta, professional golfer[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Castellana Grotte at Wikimedia Commons