The Legend of Roccia a Mare
Nestled between Vietri sul Mare and Positano along the Amalfi Coast, there lies a hidden gem: the village of Roccia a Mare. With its breathtaking cliffs and picturesque landscapes typical of the Amalfi Coast, one might wonder why it remains largely unknown.
The name “Roccia a Mare” translates to “Rock by the Sea”. Legend has it that the village was named after a massive, solitary rock that stands in the sea, guarding the village like a sentinel. This rock is believed to be the heart of the village’s mystical allure.
Despite its beauty, tourists often find themselves unable to reach Roccia a Mare. Roads that appear clear on maps lead to dead ends, and pathways meander into dense forests only to disappear. But the artists of the Amalfi Coast share a secret: only those with a pure and artistic soul can find their way to this hidden paradise.
As the story goes, centuries ago, the village was threatened by pirates and invaders. The villagers prayed to the spirits of the land and sea for protection. Answering their call, the spirits shrouded the village in a magical mist, making it invisible to those with ill intentions. Over time, this protection evolved, allowing only those with artistic and pure souls to penetrate the veil and discover Roccia a Mare.
Today, artists from all over the Amalfi Coast venture to this secluded haven, drawing inspiration from its serene beauty. They believe that the magic of Roccia a Mare enriches their art, giving it a depth and soulfulness unparalleled elsewhere.
So, if you ever find yourself wandering the Amalfi Coast and stumble upon a village of unparalleled beauty, know that your heart has led you to the legendary Roccia a Mare.