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Roman Coastline Tellina (Lazio, Italy)

The stretch of coast from Passoscuro to Anzio has been known since Roman times for the quality and fineness of its sand, a characteristic that has always ensured an abundant source of tellina clams. Sweeter and more delicate than other mollusks, they are a symbol of the local cuisine and are commonly eaten on bruschetta. The small clams are only harvested by boat or using handheld rakes, which are usually handmade by the fishermen themselves. The Presidium brings together members of the cooperatives along the coast who still harvest the clams from small boats, moving along the shoreline when the sea is calm. 

 

The fishers take their small, inshore fishing boats out at dawn on days when the sea is calm and return at midday. The clams are still harvested by boat or using handheld rakes, completely avoiding the use of hydraulic dredges. The Presidium works with around 50 “tuninolari” or “tellinari”, the clam fishers, joined into cooperatives along the coast, who still preserve this ancient and sustainable practice. 

 

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Roman coastline from Passoscuro to Anzio, Rome Province

 


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