53 year old Maurizio Montalbini yesterday started a sociological experiment that involves spending the next three years living underground without any direct contact with the outside world.

The pothole he chose is located near the eastern Italian town of Ascoli Piceno. He is calling it his “Grotta fredda” (cold cave). The inside of the hole measures 10 Square Metres and is equipped with a bunk bed, running drinking water and an electicity supply that will monitor his physical condition and pass that information up the surface.

He brought the following items down with him:

  • Nourishment pills and capsules (Astronaut Style)
  • 4 Kg of Honey
  • 2 Kg of Walnuts
  • 1.5 Kg of Chocolate
  • 85 Books

This is his third time to have spent an extended period of time underground. He spent 166 days underground ending on April 16 1998 (but he thought it was Feb 9th).

He also spent over 12 months underground between 1992 and 1993.

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