Camerano, an ancient village of the Marche region surrounded by the nature of the Conero Park in the province of Ancona was the town of the painter and restorer Carlo Maratti who lived and worked at the turn of the nineteenth century, and is the homeland of the Rosso Conero, a typical noble local wine of the Conero Riviera.
Under the streets of Camerano a suggestive underground town can be discovered, where a network of tunnels runs, knotted in a path of labyrinths, caves and niches carved in the sandstone.
The caves are partly explored, as new tunnels, underground rooms, hypogea, temples, galleries branched on several levels and used in different eras, are continually discovered. It is believed that this subterranean town had living, defensive food and ritual purposes.
A hidden world, an environment rich in niches, domed, sail and barrel vaults, columns and circular rooms, all decorated with symbols, bas-reliefs and engravings. The legends assert that the caves have always been there but that they had been well used during the Second World War as shelter, when it was necessary to live underground: indeed, even underground every corner of the town was easy to reach.
And so it was that the dwellers arranged the caves as their actual houses, moving in goods and objects of their daily life and turning those that once were ancient temples carved in tuff, in areas for eucharistic celebrations. There were even hospitals, set un in large spaces such as the Camerone, a spacious and dark room from which the town after was named.
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