The santabarbara is the arsenal of a ship normally hidden in the most protected area of its bowel.
Just a little spark and the fundamental deposit of ammunition and gun powder will blow up the whole vessel.
It is the area the enemy tries to hit to make irreparable damage.
It is also that particular place where the wounded hero sacrifices himself, perishes and sinks into the depth of the sea rather than fall into hostile hands.
In more recent times and in a figurative way, it is the area where we keep our most prestigious wines.
Boxes of Barolo, Amarone and Sagrantino have replaced barrels of TNT, ammunition and bullets.
The only “explosive” area left is our stock of sparkling wines.
The wounded hero is replaced by our tipsy sommelier. ( on his days off ).