an enchanted and wild landscape dominated by shadowy woods and brooms in
blossom, a breach in the rock opens up, sudden and disquieting, a wound
inflicted by men to the Mount Conero.
The industrious people of the region
have used the stone of the Mount Conero, white and beautiful, as a strong
and elegant building material. Many houses and streets in the charming
territory of Sirolo and the surrounding villages were built using these
stones. The landscape is full of splendid dwellings, such as intact or
recently restored farmsteads, and the stones were patiently modelled
according to building requirements.
When the mountain started to suffer
from stone quarrying, men decided to stop; a profound silence fell on the
mountain, so different from the harsh chisel blows and excited voices of
Many people walked through the
picturesque pathways of the Mount Conero, to discover the ancient quarry
and perceive its still magic. Franco Enriquez, a famous theatre director,
used to live in such a charming place.
In loving memory of the director,
making his dream come true, the quarry came back to life, and became an
exclusive outdoor theatre, a natural stage marked by an excellent
The Teatro Alle
Cave has been animating the starry summer nights since 1984, and with
its 1,800 seats it offers the possibility for theatre and music
enthusiasts to enjoy entertaining events in a very charming and unique
landscape. The white rock amphitheatre is lit up by artificial lights,
which enhance its severe profile against the green surrounding woods and
the dense nocturnal shadows.
programme offers every year many events dedicated to famous companies (such
as the Italian Operetta Company and Momix), renowned comic actors (Gigi
Proietti, Beppe Grillo and others), as well as famous musicians (Francesco
de Gregori, for instance). When the theatre season is over, the old quarry
turns into a disco, which is much appreciated by night dancers.
No longer chisel
blows, no longer a deafening silence, now music, lyrical and actors’
voices echo among the ancient stones.
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