Tellaro is a small seaside village that has been recognized for several years as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Perched on one of the many cliffs overlooking the Gulf of La Spezia it is absolutely worth a visit and why not even a swim in the sea.
In this small seaside village there lives a legend, the legend of the “polpo campanaro” (bell ringer octopus), and you can’t help but know before going there:
“Saraceni mare nostrum infestantes sunt noctu profligati quod polipus aer cirris suis sacrum pulsabat“.
“With this storm no one will sail. I can sleep peacefully tonight”
Confident of himself, the sentry dozes off, happy not to have to keep his eyes open until the next morning. At exactly midnight the pirates approached the shore. Just when they were about to dock, the bells of the church began to ring, beat and toll… The Tellaresi rushed to defend their country and drove the Saracen pirates back into the sea. Once the danger was averted, they wondered who had rang the bell, seeing that the sentry was sleeping? At the foot of the bell tower, the people of Tellaro saw a huge octopus attached to the ropes of the bells: it was he who saved the country!