The Grotta dei Cordari takes its name from the craftspeople who, for around three centuries after the 17th century, used it as a “workshop” to produce rope.
In some families, the rope maker craft was handed down from generation to generation: the Ambrogio and the Scrofani were the first to settle in this cave, where they weaved natural fibres to produce various types of rope.
The cave was perfect for this activity because of groundwater at the bottom, where the vegetable fibres could be left to rest. The ropes were mainly used to make fishing nets, in particular for tuna fishing. There are stalactite and stalagmite formations in the deepest part of the grotto.