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The Shelters

In the past, not very long ago, Le Balze were used by man as a shelter. The several doors we can still see today at the foot of the earth walls are an evidence. The local inhabitants dug several caves inside Le Balze, to use them as a shelter in case of rain or as a deposit for the agricultural tools and the farmyard animals.
The entrance was made safer by supports and beams avoiding eventual landslides, but it had no support within, where you could only trust in the compact texture of the muddy sand.
Also during World War II the caves dug in Le Balze were used by the local population to conceal from the German army.

Province: Florence Region: Tuscany

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