|Location:||Near Monte Sant'Angelo.|
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The Vallone di Pulsano (deep valley of Pulsano) is a wild gorge, two kilometers long and up to 300 meters deep. It is a typical dry valley, formed during an era of richer rains and a much higher ground water level. At this time a river, flowing on the surface, cut the valley into the limestone. The ground water level went deeper and deeper, and also the valley was cut deeper and deeper. But some day the water table lowered faster than the river was able to follow, and the water vanished underground and forms now cave systems below the valley.
The valley is the location of the abbey of Santa Maria di Pulsano. It was one of the places visited by Saint Francis of Assisi during his pilgrimage. This is also a very good place to see the valley, as it offers a great view. It is reached on a single lane gravel road from Monte Sant'Angelo. Alternatively you can drive north from SS89 exit Monticchio through farms and olive plantations, and then walk uphill from the end of the road.