In recent years, Puglia has become famous above all for its coastline and crystal-clear sea. But, if you move inland, you will discover spectacular towns and places of history and tradition.
One of these is Gravina in Puglia, a town close to the border with Basilicata. It is not surprising, therefore, to find that the town is located right above a canyon similar to the one in Matera. In fact, the two towns are twins, geologically speaking.
But what distinguishes the Gravina (this is the scientific name of the canyon, from which the name of the town itself derives) of Matera from that of Gravina is an imposing architectural element, impossible to miss: the viaduct bridge and aqueduct.
Its 37-metre-high structure sinks its supporting columns into the walls and bottom of the ravine. Originally, another bridge stood in its place, which was destroyed in an earthquake in 1722.
Thanks to the Orsini family, who administered the Gravinese fiefdom at the time, a new bridge was built between the 17th and 18th centuries, which was not only crossable but also an aqueduct. Thus, for the first time in the city's history, it was possible to channel spring water to get it under the walls and make it more easily usable for the citizens.
Many filmmakers have not been immune to the charm and beauty of the ravine: since the last century, Gravina has hosted several film sets, particularly concentrated on the edge of the ravine.
Especially in recent years, then, the aqueduct bridge has become the symbol of Gravina's cinematography, first with Guido Lombardi's The Day Thief (2019) and Matteo Garrone's Pinocchio (2019); then with the intense chase scenes seen at the beginning of the latest film in the James Bond saga, Cary Fukunaga's No time to die (2021).In short, this is certainly an attraction not to be missed! Write to us to find out about all-inclusive packages that will allow you to visit Gravina and breathe in the history of this magnificent city.