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For anyone familiar with the Ancona region, this particular landscape should be very easily recognized.  For anyone that is not, hopefully this particular landmark inspires some curiosity.

Il Trave

Il Trave

 

Formerly an old fisherman house, this crumbling cement structure is perched on a stretch of rock that extends two kilometers out of a cliff near Monte Conero.  Though deteriorating, this silhouette has withstood decades of burrasche and pioggie, ultimately still standing strong on its concrete paws.

Though il Trave can easily be seen from anywhere in the Conero Riviera, reaching it is not as simple.  One must either step through varying levels of tide water from Portonovo or scale down a steep hiking path at the end of a little trail extending from the regional road from Ancona to Portonovo.  It is worth the trek though.  I’m not sure how safe it is out on this strip of rock; it is slippery with years of algae, is covered with protected mussels, and has an unstable level of water coverage… but, when you are standing in the middle of the water, seemingly floating on the surface of the Adriatic Coast, with the blue of the sea and the blue of the sky stretching out in front of you into infinity, you pretty much feel as immortal as il Trave.