Deep Valley of Pulsano

Useful Information

Location: Near Monte Sant'Angelo.
Open: n/a
Fee: n/a
Classification: dry valley.
Light: n/a
Dimension: L=2,000m, D=300m.
Guided tours: n/a
Address: Ente Parco Nazionale del Gargano (National Park of the Gargano), Via S. Antonio Abate, 121, 71037 - Monte Sant'Angelo (Fg), Tel: +39-0884-568929, E-mail: contact
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The deep valley of Pulsano is a wild gorge, two kilometers long and up to 300 meters deep. It is a typical dry valley, formed in an area 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.