It is located in the town of Porto Badisco, municipality of Otranto (Apulia Region, Italy)
It was discovered on February 1, 1970 by 5 members of the Speleological Group "Pasquale De Lorentiis" of Maglie.
La Grotta dei Cervi (Cave ot the deer) is formed by three corridors or galleries of 200 m and is 30 m deep. The cave was occupied by prehistoric human groups from the Palaeolithic times to the Age of Metals.
It conserves one of the most important assemblages of rock art paintings in the world. About 3,000 figures have been identified on the walls and ceilings of the three main galleries of the cave, grouped in sixty "Panels", each of which contains dozens of representations.
It's appears representations of stylized anthropomorphic figures in red ocher color, the most ancient, and above all, black paintings with infinity of geometric motifs and abstract forms. The combination of figures, often depicting deer hunting scenes (hence the name of the cave), is also a frequent theme. The black paintings are dated, mainly, in the Neolithic.
The rock art of the Grotta dei Cervi stands out for its excellent preservation and for being a benchmark for Neolithic art in Europe.
The Arqueological Museum is in the second floor of the Castello Aragonese di Otranto.
Opening Times: All year (10:00 to 20:00)
Duration of the guided visits: 1 hour
General ticket: 10€
Reduced ticket: 8 €
under 18 years