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Gravina Di Puglia
Gravina Di Puglia

Gravina Di Puglia

Gravina di Puglia, Puglia, 70024

The basics

Gravina di Puglia is known for its picturesque historic center, local wine production, and fascinating network of churches, homes, and tunnels running beneath the town. The clifftop has been inhabited since the Paleolithic age, though the town was founded by the Greeks and later became part of the Roman Empire, and over the millennia the inhabitants excavated caverns and passages through the stone cliff, some of which can still be explored as part of a guided tour. Visit the town above and below ground on foot to learn more about its unique history as part of a day trip from Bari or Matera.

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Things to know before you go

  • Walking tours of Gravina di Puglia are mostly outdoors, so wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • The cave churches and underground tunnel are not accessible to wheelchair users; the the historic center is steep and paved with cobblestones that may be difficult to navigate.
  • Visitors must wear modest clothing covering shoulders and knees to enter the town’s 11th-century cathedral.
  • Older kids especially enjoy the novelty of underground tours of Gravina di Puglia’s historic center.
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How to get there

Gravina di Puglia is located about halfway between Bari and Matera, near the Alta Murgia National Park. Public transportation can be unreliable, so the best way to visit is by driving or joining a guided tour with transportation.

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When to get there

Gravina di Puglia is home to one of Europe's oldest fairs, the annual Saint George's Fair, held each April since 1294. Visit during the fair to take advantage of the festive atmosphere and cooler temperatures.

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The Sassi di Matera: Another Rupestrian Town

Not far from Gravina di Puglia, the UNESCO-listed Sassi di Matera is another warren of cave dwellings carved into the stone cliff of Matera, many dating from prehistoric times and inhabited until the 1950s. Today, these caverns host luxury hotels, traditional restaurants, frescoed churches, and art museums.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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