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“this brief tour is OK, but don't bother if you go to Matera”

Gravina Sotterranea
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Owner description: 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, the cells of Amato Palace.
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Gravina in Puglia actually has little to offer, other than the spectacular Palazzo Sottile Meninni. A great small church right by this hotel (the one with the skulls and crossbones). Pay the 3 euros and go in with a guide. The Sotterranea tour really just took us downstairs for a little bit and explained about the caves. (Not for the claustrophobic.) The real place to do this is in Matera, which is a much bigger cave city with many more interesting things to see. Skip this tour. Nice young lady tour guide, but not really worth doing this.

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Reviewed 7 April 2017

A good way to see an aspect (underground) of an old Puglia city. It was not expensive and it was interesting. The guide did speak adequate English.

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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

A once in a lifetime experience. The whole town of Gravina sits on a Warren of limestone caves that were extended by excavations to use their blocks as building materials. You get to walk down in a huge such cavern. Fascinating.

Thank Malillysr
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Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

We took an English tour which should have taken about 1 hour and 20 mins but instead took just 1 hour because it was just two of us on the tour and we were able to move more quickly than a large group. Viewing the large underground dwellings, water cisterns, churches and more was fascinating. The tour gave a lot of interesting history on the people who excavated them and how they managed it without modern technology - amazing! This group has done amazing work to explore and prepare these underground areas for public viewing, so aside from the value of the tour I am happy to think the money will support this organisation and the people in it. I understand that you can see some vast underground areas in Naples, so perhaps if you have visited there already you will be disappointed but we really enjoyed our tour. The only reason this doesn't get 5* is that our guide was a little lack luster (she told us she was feeling ill, so this probably had a lot to do with it) but also there were some key words that weren't in her English vocabulary...perhaps she is new to guiding but I would hope that she might make a point to learn the words that are key to understanding the anecdotes told on the tour. I'm being critical, but there was more than once on the tour where a key word was not translated so it was not one of the best tours we've had in Europe. Overall, it's not a must see place for Italy, but if you're in Puglia, you really must visit underground Gravitational, it's quite something!

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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Since the reviews of Gravina Sotterranea were really good, we made the trip to the lovely town Gravina. With a little help from police and others we found our way to the place nearby the Four Fountains monument. And it was definitely worth it. We saw the caves and the underground church (XI-XII century). You expericience life frome earlier times through the stories from our guide Francesco. We really want to thank him (and his father who made this all happen) for this lovely experience!

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