June 1, 2005
Before starting your visit, you have to consider that the temperature inside is very different from the one you find outside, so even if it's terribly hot outside, it would be advisable to take a jacket with you for the cold inside.
Elderly people or families with small children need to know that there are many stairs inside the caves, and small children should be followed by their parents because of danger of losing their way. There are two tracks with different lengths and times for your visit. The short track is 1 kilometer, and it takes about 50 minutes on a guided tour. The complete track is 3 kilometers, and it takes about 2 hours on a guided tour to the world famous White Caves; they say it is the brightest cave in the world.
For the short track in high season, there is a guided tour starting at 8:30am, then every 30 minutes until 12:30pm, with the last admission before lunch at 1pm, and then from 2:30, every 30 minutes until 7pm, the last evening admission.
In low season, there are only four times for guided tours: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm.
For the long track in high season, guided tours start at 9am, 10am, 11am, 12 noon, and then 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm. In low season, there are only two guided tours: one at 10am and one at 12 noon.
The prices depend on which track you choose and how many people are in your party, because there are many discounted tickets. The normal price for an adult for short track is €8 per person; children aged 6-14 years and parties starting from 20 people pay €6.50; and children up to age 6 are free.
For the long track, prices are €13 for an adult; children ages 6-14 pay €10.50, as well as parties 20 people or more. Children under 6 are free.
I don't want to miss a visit of this wonder of nature!
From journal At The Very Edges of South Italy: Puglia