The Forgers Cave (Brigands' Cave)

The Grotta dei Falsari
The Grotta dei Falsari

Situated just upstream of the Via Aurelia between Varigotti and Noli, La Grotta dei Falsari or Antro dei Briganti is a large rocky cavern, carved by the sea into the limestone rock of the Finalese, with a spectacular semicircular opening of 25 metres in diameter overlooking the sea in front of it. Inside you can see some remains (ruins of walls), probably dating back to Roman times.

Its name is linked to the ancient spread of banditry along the coast road. It is said, in fact, that the cave was the seat of trafficking of smugglers who hid their loot there in past times.

 

Right in the stretch of water in front of it at a depth of 60 metres and almost two miles from the coast, in 2017 finds from the first victorious battle of Nelson against the French (1795) were found in one of the bloodiest battles of the time: bronze cannons and rare military rifles. This is a remarkable discovery of underwater archaeology. 

Cave inside
Cave inside
The big cave seen from the sea
The big cave seen from the sea


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