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The discovery

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Vero Valley unusually crowded in the days following the Caves’ discovery.
 

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  • Vero Valley unusually crowded in the days following the Caves’ discovery.
     

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  •  Basura Cave – So much sweat repaid by a great satisfaction, Luigi Ferro and Pietro Bruzzone.
     

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  •   Basura Cave – Exploration of the internal amphitheaters among marvel and general amazement (Andrea Nervi, Adolfo Zunino, Angelo Raggi, Domenico Ferro, Vincenzo Grana and Dario Maineri).
     

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  •   Basura Cave – The narrow access lane, opened in the calcareous diaphragm on 28 May 1950.

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  • Basura Cave - The charm of the cave lighted by an acetylene lamp hand-held by one of the discoverers, Aldo Ferro.

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  •   From the cave’s plaza, mule-back transportation of materials for the restoration of Lower Santa Lucia – 1960s.

     

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  •   Entrance to the Bàsura Cave at the beginning of the 1930s, with Giuseppe Ferro, known as "Capù" (chief).

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  • 1954 - Adolfo Zunino, Germano Maineri, and Aldo Ferro during excavations of the Dove’s cave. In the background, a slice of Varatella Valley is visible.

     

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  •  Partially walled entrance to the Bàsura Cave with Adolfo Zunino, Vincenzo Grana and Dario Maineri.
     

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  •  Basura Cave  - The discovery party at the “Salotto” (living room) , from left to right: Pietro Bruzzone, Angelo Raggi (in the back),  Andrea Nervi (in the front), Domenico Ferro and Luigi Ferro, Adolfo Zunino and Vincenzo Grana  - June 1950.
     

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  • The artistic talented guide at the “Organo” (organ). In memory of dear friend Giuliano.

     

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  •  Basura Cave – Exploration continues...
     

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  • Bridge Construction - Lower Santa Lucia Cave – ADE Well Bridge - 1964.
     

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  •  Bridge Construction - Lower Santa Lucia Cave – ADE Well Bridge - 1964.

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  •   Basura Cave – Exploration continues...
     

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  •  Basura Cave - ...which becomes more and more detailed.
     

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  •    Basura Cave – The natural dam in the vicinity of “Cimitero degli Orsi” (Bear Cemetery).

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  • Basura Cave – Dario Maineri, Nicola Maineri and Andrea Nervi cautiosly enter in the “Cimitero degli Orsi” (Bear Cemetery).
     

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  • Basura Cave - ...making our way from the “Salotto” (sitting room) to the “Sala del Fascio” (Bundle Amphitheater).

     

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  •   Basura Cave - Exploration continues...

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  •  Basura Cave - Andrea Nervi ‘s emotion as he enters into the “Basura” - 28 May 1950.
     

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  • Basura Cave – The wondrous expression of Andrea Nervi, Adolfo Zunino, Vincenzo Grana, Dario Maineri and Domenico Ferro at the sight of the still intact “Torre di Pisa”(Tower of Pisa).
     

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  •  Basura Cave – Nicola and Dario Maineri  in the cavern of the “Cranio fossile” (fossilized cranium) in the corridor over the “Fascio” (bundle) - May 1950.

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  •  Basura Cave – In the forefront, Dario Maineri and Adolfo Zunino, first explorers of the Cave in the “Corridoio a otto” (eight-shaped corridor) - May 1950.

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  • Group picture at the entrance of the “Tana da Basura” (Basura Burrow – upper entrance). >From the lower left: Angelo Raggi, Luigi Ferro, Marshall Franceso Imbesi , Adolfo Zunino, Nicola Maineri, Davide Garassini, Andrea Nervi, Pietro Bruzzone, Vincenzo Grana, Luciano Calcagno, Pietro Polla, a carabineer, Berto Casella, Dairo Maineri, Domenico Ferro.

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  • Basura Cave - Luigi Ferro at the time of the discovery of “Cranio di Orso Fossile” (Fossil Bear Skull) - 1950.

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  •  Happy and admiring group picture in front of a “Basura” find in the house of Nicola Mineri - June 1950.

     

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  • Basura Cave – Exploration of the “Laghetto” (little lake) - May/June 1950.

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  • Basura Cave - Exploration of the “Laghetto” (little lake) - May/June 1950.
     

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  •  Basura Cave - “L’Antro di Cibele” (Cibele’s Cavern) at the time of discovery -1960/61.

     
     

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  •    Basura Cave  - “L’Antro di Cibele” (Cibele’s Cavern) still underwater - 1960/61.

     

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  • Basura Cave  - The ”Abbondanza dell’Antro di cibele” (abundance of Cibele’s cavern) - 1960/61.

     
     

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  • Basura Cave  - The marvels of ”Antro di Cibele” (Cibele’s Cavern) - 1960/61.

     

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  •   Basura Cave  - The marvels of ”Antro di Cibele” (Cibele’s Cavern).

     
     

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  • Lower Santa Lucia – Gino Bianco Gino and Andrea Nervi during excavations – Beginning 1960s.

     

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  • Lower Santa Lucia – Gino Bianco and Andrea  Nervi during excavations – Beginning 1960s.

     

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  • Santa Lucia’s day religious parade – Please note the small size of the cypresses.

     

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  • Upper Santa Lucia’s Sanctuary – The Sanctuary at the beginning of the 1900s.

     
     

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  •    Basura Cave - Detailed up and down sweep of the “Sala del Fascio” (Bundle Amphitheater) by Giuseppe Bacchetti and Berto Casella.
     

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  • Basura Cave - Exploration of the “Sala del Fascio” (Bundle Amphitheater): it gets its name from the particular “scure littoria” concretions.
     

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  • Basura Cave – Dealing with excavations in the “Sala dei Misteri” (Mysteries Amphitheater) - 1960.
     

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  •  Basura Cave – The discoverers’ hard work in not so workable conditions - 1960.

     

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  • Basura Cave – A difficult passage - 1960.

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  •  Memory shot on the grounds of the Upper Santa Lucia’s Sanctuary.
     

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  • On the ticketing office’s plaza: Professor Ezio Tongiorgi with family, portrayed together with Aldo Ferro and Adolfo Zunino Adolfo - 1954.

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  • Basura Cave – Towards the unknown of a new discovery. Descent toward “Cibele” - 1960.

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  •  Basura Cave – Posing before the opening of the last passageway - 1960.
     

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  •   Lower Santa Lucia- Detailed observation of the “Cristalli di Aragonite” (aragonite crystals) -1969.

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  •  Entrance to the Basura Cave in 1969.

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  • 1969 – The guide group.

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