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Carbon road bike rental in Castelvecchio Rocca Barbena

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Appennino mountain route in Liguria region

Carbon road bike rental in Castelvecchio Rocca Barbena

One of most stunning places where to enjoy cycling in north Italy is the Appennino mountain chain of Liguria region. 

In this post we would share some photos taken in occasion of  the delivery of carbon road bikes provided for rent at customers accommodation in Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena, a small village located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) southwest of Genoa and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of Savona.

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delivery in progress, on the road to customers accommodation

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customers pick up bikes under appointment at Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena

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Appennino landcape in Liguria. 

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Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena village

Cycling Florida | Carbon road bike rental in Key West

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customers at the Southernmost point in USA
90 miles to Cuba at the Southernmost Point of USA!

Today we share this photo taken by our local in Key Largo, customers enjoy 20th anniversary cycling the home of sunset, Key West in Florida! 

Discover Keys and Miami region with our bike rentals, information and bike rental quote requests via form at this link

Cycling French and Italian Riviera

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Not busy, friendly cycling route on Mediterranean sea from French to Italian Riviera

Cycling French and Italian Riviera 

The French Riviera is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France. Usually considered to extend from Cassis, Toulon or Saint-Tropez on the west to Menton at the France–Italy border in the east, where the Italian Riviera joins. 

The Italian Riviera, is the narrow coastal strip which lies between the Ligurian Sea and the mountain chain formed by the Maritime Alps and the Apennines. Longitudinally it extends from the border with France and the French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur) near Ventimiglia (a former customs post) eastwards to Capo Corvo (also known as Punta Bianca) which marks the eastern end of the Gulf of La Spezia and is close to the regional border between Liguria and Tuscany. 

Our company provide high quality bike rental with delivery and collection at accommodations, also in different towns of the Riviera, also between different states. 

Today we would share with you one of the most preferred itineraries by our customers, cycling French and Italian Riviera starting/ending main ports of this coastline, from Marseille to Genoa, crossing Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Menton and Sanremo. 

In case you desire to extend your travel to Tuscany coast we suggest to finis in Livorno, enjoying Portofino and Cinque Terre too. 

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customers at Plage des Catalans beach in Marseille
ready to start self cycling travel with Veloce

Marseille is the prefecture of the department of Bouches-du-Rhône and region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. It is located on the Mediterranean coast near the mouth of the Rhône, is the third-largest in France after those of Paris and Lyon. 

Marseille was an important European trading centre and remains the main commercial port of the French Republic. Marseille is now France's largest city on the Mediterranean coast and the largest port for commerce, freight and cruise ships. The city was European Capital of Culture in 2013 and European Capital of Sport in 2017; it hosted matches at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2016. 

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Customers in Cannes, French Riviera, ready to start self cycling holidays to Genoa

Cannes is a city located on the French Riviera. It is a commune located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, and host city of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The city is known for its association with the rich and famous, its luxury hotels and restaurants, and for several conferences

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Customers in Nice, France, ready to start self cycling holiday to Tuscany, Italy

Nice is the seventh most populous urban area in France and the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department, the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast and the second-largest city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region after Marseille. Nice is located 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from the principality of Monaco and 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the French-Italian border. Nice's airport serves as a gateway to the region.

The natural environment of the Nice area and its mild Mediterranean climate came to the attention of the English upper classes in the second half of the 18th century, when an increasing number of aristocratic families took to spending their winters there. The city's main seaside promenade, the Promenade des Anglais ("Walkway of the English") owes its name to visitors to the resort. The clear air and soft light have particularly appealed to notable painters, such as Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Niki de Saint Phalle and Arman.

Nice has the second largest hotel capacity in the country and it is one of its most visited cities, receiving 4 million tourists every year.

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Customers enjoy Monte Carlo in Monaco
during a self cycling in French Riviera with Veloce
Monaco is a sovereign city-state, country, and microstate on the French Riviera in Western Europe. France borders the country on three sides while the other side borders the Mediterranean Sea. Monaco is about 15 km (9.3 mi) from the state border with Italy. Monaco is known to be the most expensive and the wealthiest place in the world due to its tax laws. In 2014, it was noted that about 30% of the population was made up of millionaires.

Monaco is a principality governed under a form of constitutional monarchy, with Prince Albert II as head of state. 

It is also the host of the annual street circuit motor race Monaco Grand Prix, one of the original Grands Prix of Formula One and birthplace of Scuderia Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc. The principality has a club football team, AS Monaco, who have become French champions on multiple occasions. Monaco is not formally a part of the European Union (EU), but it participates in certain EU policies, including customs and border controls. Through its relationship with France, Monaco uses the euro as its sole currency.

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delivery of full carbon road bike provided for rent at accommodation in Menton

Menton is a small village in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the French Riviera, close to the Italian border. Its temperate Mediterranean climate is especially favourable to the citrus industry, with which it is strongly identified.

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The cycling lane from Sanremo to Tuscany on Italian Riviera 
Sanremo is a city on the Mediterranean coast of Liguria, in north-western Italy. Founded in Roman times, it has a population of 85,000, and is known as a tourist destination on the Italian Riviera. It hosts numerous cultural events, such as the Sanremo Music Festival and the Milan–San Remo cycling classic.

Genoa is the capital of the Italian region of Liguria and the sixth-largest city in Italy.
Located on the Gulf of Genoa in the Ligurian Sea, Genoa has historically been one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean.
Genoa has been nicknamed la Superba ("the proud one") due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. 

Part of the old town of Genoa was inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 2006 as Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli. The city's rich cultural history in art, music and cuisine allowed it to become the 2004 European Capital of Culture. It is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Andrea Doria, Niccolò Paganini, Giuseppe Mazzini and Renzo Piano.

Yacht vacations and cycling in Italy with Veloce!

With over 7,4 thousands km of coastline, Italy is the queen of the Mediterranean.

The coastal development of the Italian peninsula and its islands is around 7,900km, some stretches of coast have taken particular names for historical-geographical or tourist reasons. With this post we would like to introduce you more about Italian coastline. 

Veloce customers carry the rented bikes from Yacht to tender to enjoy cycling

Veloce provide high quality bicycle rental service with delivery and collection at the docks, also in different towns/countries, all around Mediterranean sea.

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Veloce carbon road bike rental delivered at the dock in Genova, collected in Sardinia

In the Ligurian Sea the coasts form, between the Nice (in France) and Piombino, a wide arch in the center of which the port of Genoa is located.

To the west of Genoa the coast takes the name of Riviera di Ponente; to the east, that of the Riviera di Levante.

The Maritime Alps, along the Riviera di Ponente, and the Ligurian Apennines, along the Riviera di Levante, push their offshoots to touch the waves of the sea.

The Ligurian coasts are therefore mostly high and rocky, very often jagged and above all rich in inlets with deep bottoms, characterized by excellent ports.

Notable protrusions are the rounded ones of Capo Noli and Capo Mele on the Riviera di Ponente; the square point of Portofino and that of Portovenere on the Riviera di Levante.

The Ligurian Sea also affects the central-northern coast of Tuscany, mainly low and sandy, which includes the Apuan coast, Versilia, the Pisan coast and the Etruscan coast up to the Gulf of Baratti.

Among the islands, the Elba Island, the island of Capraia and the island of Gorgona belonging to the Tuscan Archipelago, the Palmaria, the Tino and the Tinetto located off the Riviera di Levante are worth mentioning.

Main ports of this sea are the port of Genoa, the port of Livorno, the port of Savona and the port of La Spezia.

Veloce carbon road bike rental provided at the dock in Napoli, Italy


The Tyrrhenian coasts, which bathe the peninsula from the promontory of Piombino to the Gulf of Gioia Tauro along the coast of the Maremma, Lazio and Campania up to the mouth of the Calore river, are mainly low and sandy.

They present a series of very open arches which, joining together, represent rocky peninsulas such as the Piombino peninsula (with the promontory that divides the Ligurian sea), in front of the island of Elba, the Uccellina mountains south of Grosseto, Monte Argentario, facing the island of Giglio; Mount Circeo, almost in front of the Ponziane islands.

The coastal arch between Mount Circeo and the Flegrea peninsula forms the wide gulf of Gaeta. Between Capo Miseno and Punta Campanella opens the Gulf of Naples with Capri, Ischia and Procida islands, from where start the Sorrento and the Amalfi coast to the Gulf of Salerno, immediately contiguous, ends up in the sea the squat promontory of Cilento, mostly consisting of high and rocky coast.

To the south of Cilento, up to the Strait of Messina, the Calabrian coasts initially jagged, for the most part high, rocky and steep; after the Gulf of Policastro they are almost straight until the promontory of Monte Poro (Capo Vaticano). In this second stretch there are the golf courses of Policastro, Sant'Eufemia and Gioia Tauro. 

Veloce carbon road bike rental delivered at dock in Taranto, Apulia.

From Punta Melito to the Gulf of Squillace, the Calabrian coasts, washed by the Ionian Sea, are in all similar to those of the Tyrrhenian stretch: straight, slightly incised and steep where the Apennines come closest to the sea. The coasts of Sila are rough.
Those of Basilicata and Puglia are uniform and once home to thriving Greek colonies (Sibari, Metaponto, Gallipoli). The coasts of the Ionian Sea form the following gulfs: Locri, Squillace, Sibari and the largest, most important and historical one of Taranto.
The main port on the Ionian Sea is that of Taranto.

Proceeding from south to north, from Punta Palascia to Otranto to the mouth of the Po, the Adriatic coasts are uniform and straight, interrupted only by the pronounced spur of Monte Gargano and the promontory of Monte Conero, whose northern slopes protect the port of Ancona.

In the remaining sections, the coast is made up of a wide sandy belt, unsuitable for port installations, but which constitutes the natural environment for bathing establishments.

In Abruzzo the main coastal stretch still virgin is the Costa dei Trabocchi, while accommodation facilities for seaside tourism are located especially in Francavilla al Mare, Pescara and Roseto degli Abruzzi. Another very popular coastal area, and home to a nature reserve, is Punta Aderci in Vasto.

To the north of Ravenna, from the Comacchio Valleys to the Gulf of Trieste, the coasts are very jagged in the first part, largely occupied by valleys and marshes (fresh waters) or lagoons (brackish waters). Then they continue low and muddy, a little more uniform along the whole Euganean Venice, up to the gulfs of Grado and Monfalcone. Instead, they are again high and very jagged in the Istrian Peninsula (divided between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia).

delivering the bike to the Yacht
The largest Italian island, Sicily, has mostly mountainous and jagged coasts in the northern and eastern stretch, low in the western and southern ones.

The main inlets that meet on the Tyrrhenian stretch are:

- the Gulf of Patti, between the peninsula of Milazzo and Capo Calavà
- the Gulf of Termini Imerese, between the tip of Cefalù and Capo Zaffarano
- the Gulf of Palermo, of the Conca d'Oro
- the Gulf of Castellamare, between Punta Raisi and Capo San Vito.

On the Sicilian coasts bathed by the Ionian Sea, the Gulf of Catania, the Gulf of Noto, the Gulf of Augusta as well as the Maddalena Peninsula consisting of an extensive limestone promontory of the Miocene and the Magnisi Peninsula consisting of high cliffs and rocky cliffs sloping towards the sea. In this last peninsula we find the remains of the inhabited area of Thapsos.

On the south east coast there is the Gulf of Gela, between Licata and Punta Braccetto, it is the largest on the island.

Main ports of Sicily are Palermo, Messina and Catania. 

South-western side
Along the Tyrrhenian side, from Punta Falcone (in the Bocche di Bonifacio) to Capo Carbonara, the Sardinian coasts are high and almost straight except for the northern sector, where they are very indented.

From the Bocche di Bonifacio (which separate Sardinia from Corsica) to the Gulf of Terranova, the coastal development is accompanied by numerous rocks, islets and islands. The main ones are only the island of Maddalena and Caprera (the one chosen by Giuseppe Garibaldi as his home).

The main gulfs on the Tyrrhenian side are those of Olbia and Orosei.
On the southern side, where the vast Gulf of Cagliari opens, the coasts are flat.

On the western side, rocky coasts alternate with low and marshy coasts, such as those of the Gulf of Palmas and the Gulf of Carloforte, limited to the open sea by the island of San Pietro.

From Capo Caccia to Punta Asinara the Nurra coast is largely mountainous.
In the Asinara Gulf, on the other hand, the coast is flat and the port of Porto Torres rises right here.

The main gulfs are those of Palmas, Carloforte, Oristano, Alghero and Asinara.

Carbon road bike in Matera, self cycling holidays in Basilicata and Apulia regions.

Matera landscape, view from main square
Matera is a stunning town located in the region of Basilicata, on south Italy, a spectacular and unique city characterized by ancient habitations dug into the tuff rock of a chalky plateau, traversed by a torrent that flows.

From the main square can enjoy a stunning landscape over the underlying canyon, labyrinth of streets, churches and homes on slopes, narrow streets and alleyways fill up with the lights on the evening, giving the impression to strolling through a Nativity scene, back into a past long-forgotten.

This town was European Capital of Culture 2019, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and become the movie set of "The Passion of the Christ" by Mel Gibson. 

Matera landcape, view from the labyrinth of streets

Our company provide high quality carbon road bike rental with delivery and collection in Matera region, all year round. 

Hundreds of customers enjoy self cycling holidays in Basilicata and Apulia region where generally the weather is very comfortable, just to give you an idea in Salento region of Puglia close Matera, the average temperature is from 4° to 16°C in January, from 9° to 19° in April, from 16° to 27°C in September, from 9° to 17°C in November.  

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Carbon road bike rental in Athens

Carbon road bike rental in Athens

Cape Sounion is the promontory at the southern most tip of the Attic peninsula, 70 Km (43 mi) southeast of Athens. It is part of Lavreotiki municipality, East Attica, Greece.

Cape Sounion is noted for its Temple of Poseidon, one of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Athens.

The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion in Greece
The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion in Greece

The cycling route from Athens to Cape Sounion
The cycling route from Athens to Cape Sounion

Its remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea.

Cape Sounion is a popular day-excursion for tourists from Athens, with the sunset over the Aegean Sea, as viewed from the ruins.

Cycling on the sea, from Athens to Cape Sounion, Greece
Cycling on the sea, from Athens to Cape Sounion, Greece

Since 2014 our company extended bike rental services with delivery and collection at accommodations to the whole Greek country where you can enjoy self excursions and cycling activities. 

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Cycling Val d'Orcia in Tuscany Italy

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Val d'Orcia landscape

Cycling Val d'Orcia in Tuscany Italy, carbon road bike rental

The magnificent natural scenery of the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2004 and is one of 10 best places where to enjoy cycling in the world suggested by Lonely Planet.

Our bike rental company was rated by 2009's Lonely Planet's website customers in the "Top 5 of all things to do in Europe" and today is included in the activities suggested by Lonely Planet Italy guidebooks.

In Val d'Orcia can enjoy art, landscape and Italian food, living in harmony with nature. This valley is an icon of a relaxing travel to Europe.

In this area can enjoy cycling on local hilly roads full of vineyards, olive groves, cypresses, beech and chestnut trees alternate with rural habitations, villas, castles and pristine terrains.

The Val d'Orcia is crossed by the ancient Roman road that links Rome to Northern Italy, the "Via Cassia" and by the "Via Francigena" everyday a passage of pilgrims from Canterbury, on the road to Vatican City.

Our company provide good quality bike rentals to enjoy by bicycle last part of the via Francigena, from Great St Bernard Pass (at the border with Switzerland) to Rome.

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Our customers crossing the Val d'Orcia riding the via Francigena. 

Montalcino, Pienza, Castiglione d'Orcia, Radicofani, Bagno Vignoni, Bagni San Filippo, San Quirico d'Orcia, Contignano, Monticchiello, Rocca d'Orcia, Campiglia d'Orcia  and Vivo d'Orcia are some stunning villages of the Val d'Orcia where our company provide high quality carbon road bike, touring and ebike rentals delivered at accommodations. 

The beautiful landscapes of Val d'Orcia was set of some important movies like 8½ by Federico Fellini, Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Franco Zeffirelli, Nostalghia by Andrei Tarkovsky, The English Patient by Anthony Minghella, Stealing Beauty by Bernardo Bertolucci, A Midsummer Night's Dream by Michael Hoffman and Gladiator by Ridley Scott.

If you like the good food in Val d'Orcia can eat the pecorino cheese of Pienza, taste the extra-virgin olive oil from Castiglione d'Orcia, the salames of Cinta Senese or the honey, mushrooms, truffles and drink one of most exclusive wine in the world, the Brunello di Montalcino.

Brunello di Montalcino wineyards in Tuscany
Brunello di Montalcino wineyards in Tuscany

Are you looking to enjoy cycling in Val d'Orcia?

Feel free to ask us more information about routes and bike rental services delivered at your accommodation filling the form at this link

Pristine terrains of Val d'Orcia landscape
Pristine terrains of Val d'Orcia landscape

Cycling Salento, the 'Italian Carribbean'​. Carbon road bike rental in Lecce.

Cycling Salento, carbon road bike rental in Lecce

Salento is the heel of Italy located in Apulia region. This area is nestled in the clear waters of the Adriatic and Ionian coasts and is characterized by tall cliffs sculpted by the sea and stunning sandy beaches and green stretches of maquis.

Flat routes in the Salento are of Apulia region, very suitable to enjoy self cycling vacation.

sandy beaches in Salento
Stunning sandy beaches in Salento

Two different seas make this part of Apulia a true paradise for a cycling vacation to enjoy sun, a crystal clear sea having relaxation and fun with Veloce high quality bike rentals.

The Adriatic Coast in Salento region offers an unspoiled landscape and zones of great natural interest.
The landscape is enriched by vineyards and olive groves, low, dry-stone walls built with the local stone, the local gastronomy as varied as the landscape: oils, wines, pecorino or cacio ricotta cheeses, vegetables, fresh 'orecchiette' pasta, pastry and 'Leccese coffee'.

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Pastry and 'Leccese' coffee

Aleatico, Squinzano, Cupertino, Galatina, Leverano Matino, Nardo and Salento are the wines of Salento. Do not forget the oil produced here as well, under the label Terra d'Otranto DOP.

One of the most interesting cities in the Salento region for its architecture, typical of the 17th Century is Lecce, the "Florence of the South Italy".

The building and monuments in Lecce are characterized by a magnificent and rich ornamentation, sculpting work facilitated by the use of local stone, flexible and easy to inlay.

Piazza Duomo Lecce
Piazza Duomo in Lecce
A visit to Lecce can begin with Piazza Duomo, once used as a fortress and today considered the most elegant "lounge" in the city.

Not far away, Piazza Sant'Oronzo with the ruins of the Amphitheatre that becomes the exceptional stage for theatrical performances in summertime, and in part by the high Column - on which stands a bronze of St. Orontius. Symbol of the Renaissance is Palazzo del Seggio which today hosts important art exhibitions, the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, with its frescoes and works sculpted in wood, the Castle of Charles V, the Porta Rudiae, the Chiesa del Rosario (Church of the Rosary), in synthesis the splendor of Lecce's Baroque!

Porto Cesareo, Gallipoli and Torre San Giovanni are pearls of the Ionian coast. Santa Maria di Leuca to mark the border between Apulia's two seas, evocative natural caves like Grotta Zinzulusa, the Grotta Grande del Ciolo and the caves of the Natural Park of Porto Selvaggio.

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District of Brera in Milan, bike rental and guided tours

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Fiori Chiari street in Brera district of Milan

Carbon road bike rental and guided tours in Brera Milan

In the elegant district of Brera in Milan, Italy, in the heart of the historic center, there is the Pinacoteca, where Italian works of art from different centuries are exhibited, and the fifteenth-century frescoed Church of Santa Maria del Carmine. 

Grocery stores and luxury boutiques dot the streets and, in the evening, the cobblestone streets come alive thanks to the trendy clubs, elegant bars with dehors and luxury restaurants. 

Milan is the heart of the Giro d'Italia!

Explore Milan with our bike rentals and guided tours. 
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Bike rental at IronMan Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava Basque Country Spain

Bike rental at IronMan Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava village in the Basque Country of Spain

High end full carbon racing, tri bike and wetsuit rental services available in the towns in occasion of Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz competitions in Álava region of Basque Country Spain where our company will be to pick up and collect at customers accommodations.

Information, bike and/or wetsuits rental quote requests for your Ironman challenge in Vitoria-Gasteiz , please contact us via form at this link 

Up to 25% discount for advanced reservations.

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Veloce bike rentals customers at IronMan all around Europe.

Phlegraean Fields in Naples

Phlegraean Fields in Naples
Discover Phlegraean Fields with our carbon road bike rental 

Discover the Phlegraean Fields, high quality carbon road bike rentals

Phlegraean Fields (Campi Flegrei) is a large supervolcano situated to the west of Naples, Italy. It was declared a regional park in 2003. The area of the caldera consists of 24 craters and volcanic edifices; most of them lie under water. Hydrothermal activity can be observed at Lucrino, Agnano and the town of Pozzuoli. There are also effusive gaseous manifestations in the Solfatara crater, the mythological home of the Roman god of fire, Vulcan. 
This area is monitored by the Vesuvius Observatory. The area also features bradyseismic phenomena, which are most evident at the Macellum of Pozzuoli (misidentified as a temple of Serapis): bands of boreholes left by marine molluscs on marble columns show that the level of the site in relation to sea level has varied.
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