Driving for about 6 km along the provincial road that, from Cattolica Eraclea leads to Cianciana, we reach, after a crossroad, Contrada Bissana, where we can enjoy the original show of the Maccalube.
THE MACCALUBE OF BISSANA
The name Maccalube probably derives from the Arabic word maqlub, which means “overturned”. Indeed, the methane gas released from this overturned land, being easily flammable, forms suggestive tongues of fire. There are two Maccalube, called the Big Abyss and the Small Abyss. If, today, the gas release is hardly significant, in the past, as reported by the historian Tommaso Fazello, the phenomenon was amazing, characterised by very tall water jets.