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This grotto is a refuge, an
oasis of peace, one of the most enchanted corners of the kingdom of Eolo.
In the neighbourhood of the Western
coast of the island, the rocks of Montenassari stand out together with those of
Mitra, Notaro and the one called "la Canna", 71 metres high.
These rocks, with their solemnity, confer
upon the panorama an austere classical
The coral fishing was interesting and
was practiced near the Canna. Even today there is the fishing of sponges. The
sea surrounding the island is most rich
with ichtylogic fauna.
At Filicudi from the etnological point of
view, the peninsula of Capo Graziano is
most interesting since it is the centre of
vast prehistoric dwellings dating back to
the Bronze Age.
A first very vast habitation, but of which
only a few oval dwellings have been so
far excavated, extends on the Piano del
Porto on the southern coast of the
isthmus connecting the Montagnola to
the Capo Graziano in locality Filo Braccio and near the dilapidated Lopez
house (it may be attributed to the XVIII-
XVII centuries B.C.).
Another larger habitation probably successive to the preceding one, extends
on the high part of the Montagnola of Capo Graziano. The excavations carried out during recent years have brought to light some twenty oval dwellings on a terrace at the height of 100 m. a.s.l.
The village however, must have extended on the plateau above up to the summit of the Montagnola. It is probable that the habitation has been transferred
to a dominating position and easily defendable following the lack of the conditions of security and tranquillity which had permitted the development of the village of the underlying plain.