Il Pulo

Pulo di Altamura

Useful Information

Location: Near Altamura.
From Altamura center follow road SS96 Via Bari towards Bari. Turn left into Via Mura Megalitiche, after 50 m turn right into Via Vecchia Buoncammino. At crossing after 600 m stay on this road (keep left). 6.1 km on this road towards north, turn left 1 km to the doline. Road end at huge parking lot. Not signposted, but in the dry plain is the doline visible from far.
(40°53'24.73"N, 16°34'9.92"E)
Open: no restrictions [2007]
Fee: free [2007]
Classification: KarstDoline
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=530 m, W=430 m, VR=85 m.
Guided tours: after appointment by Visite Guidate Coop., Archè a r.l., Tel. +39-080-3149622.
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Il Pulo (also Pulo di Altamura) is a huge hole in the ground, a KarstDoline which was formed by the collapse of a cave beneath. Located in a vegetation-less plain, it looks like a meteor crater, similar to the Meteor Crater in Arizona. But it is definitely a much different way of formation. And with a close look this becomes clear: there are cliffs on the opposite side of the doline, obviously with karst caves and speleothems. To the west there is a sort of valley leading into the doline. It seems at some times of the year a small rivulet is flowing into the doline and vanished through the collapse debris into the cave below.