May 29, 1931. During the excavation work for the construction of a sewage treatment plant a few meters from the town of Putignano, workers discover a natural wonder: a vast cave with stalactites and stalagmites. Cav. Ernesto Losavio, the authority of Putignano, asked the Civil Engineers to make an inspection in that area to understand what measures to be issued.
June 28, 1931. The Superintendency of works of Antiquities and Arts of Puglia requires the Ministry of Education to put under protection the natural cave located in Putignano according to the law n.778 of 11/06/1922. Three months after, the Grotto of Putignano was declared under a special protection: its conservation presents a significant public interest because of its natural beauty.
Grotta di Putignano become the first tourist site in Southern Italy, where visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a hidden place to see what the nature has drawn over time. Historical records show that the flow of tourists would have to be quite abundant, and in April 1934 raised a modest building near the staircase that leads down to the caves. This construction allows the visitor to a minimum of rest or refreshment. So trulli are built, perfectly matched to the caves, because both are symbols of the Puglia region. Due to the presence of trulli chose to call Grotta del Trullo the underground treasure of Putignano.
A GUINNES WORLD RECORD FOR CAVES!
THE UNIQUE CAVE UNDER A TRULLO
EASY ACCESS WITH A SPIRAL STAIRCASE
THE GRAND OPENING
Grotta del Trullo was inaugurated June 21, 1935 with the presence of the highest officials of the city and the region. The ceremony was presided by the Prince of Italy, Umberto II di Savoia. The Prince went to Putignano invitation of the Marquis Guglielmo Romanazzi – Carducci, the Podesta of the country, and in the same date was inaugurated Grotta del Trullo and the climate sanatorium of Monte Laureto.