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    Ancient waterways in and around Rimini


    The flows of the underground of Rimini.

    An underground Rimini exists, and in certain parts of the Historic Center you walk on top of it without knowing. Around the Castle of Sismondo there was an ancient moat that recent excavations have once againbrought it to light. Below the Galli Theatre, the foundations of an ancient Basilica have appeared, and digging, the city of Romagna emerges here and there, while caves and tunnels reveal themselves and always conceal themselves with a certain amount of mystery.

    As in the gallery it was wrapped around from Piazza Cavour stretching out towards the Malatesta square. The result of a survey found that actually there is a tunnel that has an average height of 1.80 meters and the width of about1.20 meters. It is in masonry with a vaulted roof always wrapped in masonryand it is about three meters deep. Is this an escape route? A secretpath? Who knows.

    Many scholars speak of an ancient ‘workable’ path built between 1829 and 1840 in coincidence with the renovations of the old water pipelines to allow inspection of each section of piping and to facilitateits maintenance. Water coming from the spring located on the current street Dario Campana, which met at the city walls, behind where a ‘pool’ appeared to be or rather a tank, to continue, to the Fountain of the Pigna, at the water reservoir and at the Old Fisherman’s Fountains.

    So nothing really of extraordinarily secret, at least in appearance, but rumors and sinister tales remain alive today, because here like everywhere else there is a magical relation with earth, the springs, in short water holds the relationship between the surface and the underground that creates curiosity, questions and fears to which are answered by creating myths, legends and fairy tales. Among them, the most fascinating one tells how going down from the Fountain one enters a secret entrance to the galleries and from here it goes off and arrives up to the Covignano tufus ‘tufo’ caves.

    In thisregard, the story of the White Friars, the olive grove monks of the whitesax of the St. Mary abbey of Scolca, in San Fortunato. Monks who were considered to be craftsmen of rites bloodthirsty and blasphemous, to the point that through the passageways made kidnapped girls disappear. It has been said for centuries that one of the caves holds an evil treasure, the result of their crimes.

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    Last update: 30/04/2020