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Ancona: Caves of the Passetto

Ancona: Caves of the Passetto | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Since ancient times men have made numerous shelters for boats digging at the base of the cliff. These are caves of fishermen, a peculiarity of the area , the expression of a particular way of life at sea. They were dug by the farmers and fishermen who lived in the upper part of the cliff . It has continued to dig in the last 200 years, to occupy even the most straight stretches of the coast most exposed to waves.
One of the oldest caves in the Passetto is the cave of Bevilacqua . It was dug by the grandfather of Ugo Bevilacqua, Mr. Luigi, towards the end of 1800 in the safe cove sheltered from the winds and storm surges.
The cave was originally excavated in the rock with a pickaxe for about a length of 6.00 meters and a width of 3.50 meters. To protect the entrance from frequent rockfall from the cliff above , was coated to a certain depth with a barrel vault of brick, reinforced by an arch at the entrance with two heads. The floor has a slight slope to facilitate the descent of the boats at sea .
The boats are made to slip on the greased wooden planks resting on the ground called ” planks “. In 1939 the cave was extended into the interior of approximately 4.50 meters using small explosive charges. From that time to now, the cave has not changed even in the tools and objects that have remained the same he used his father. Mr. Bevilacqua walked down to the cave using the old dirt road , on average, twice a day. [...]

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Another Ancona: Passetto Caves

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The Passetto caves in Ancona are an a-part world. For its inhabitants they are the “beach near your house”. They were dug on the early ‘900 to recover little fishing and pleasure boats and to find a bit of shade during summer sunny days in order to enjoy the seaside so near but difficult to reach, considering the rocky promontory upon which the city has been built. The caves’ owners – called “grottaroli” – do inherit from father to son their respective ones over the years, effecting new works of restoration year by year in order to make the caves more comfortable for them and for their friends; electricity, drinkable water, methane supplied gas-stoves, works in colored wood make the Passetto caves a very unique, magical and enchanting place. Beach is constituted by classic reefs and parallels to the coast; it is frequented by the caves owners and by the locale inhabitants that have the chance to take quick “touch-and-go” sun or water baths.

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