The Vasca della Regina: Myth and Legend

The so-called “Vasca della Regina” is a natural rocky inlet near the Faraglioni, located at the foot of the promontory on which the Torre di f Scopello stands.

The peculiarity of the place, beyond its evocative beauty, lies in a legend passed down over time by local elderly fishermen and farmers. According to the legend, a nymph, in ancient times, used to bathe in complete solitude in the waters in front of the Faraglioni. During one of her daily baths, a monster transformed into a young fisherman approached the nymph. Later, he would be punished for his deceit by the sea god Poseidon, who transformed the monster into an old petrified guardian, whose large effigy is still recognizable today in the rocks of the Vasca della Regina coastline.

Furthermore, it seems that in Christian times, the toponym ``Vasca della Regina`` (actually an invention of the tuna fishermen) can be attributed to the habit of raising prayers to the Queen of Heaven, the Madonna, to favor tuna fishing, given the danger of navigating in the gulf due to often adverse weather conditions.

At the beginning of the path leading to the Vasca della Regina and the Casamatta, there is an unusual opening among the rocks, close to the sheer cliff, resembling that of a natural well. According to local testimonies, in an unspecified era, during the summer nights of full moon, a spring of seawater with healing properties would gush from this opening, absent during other times of the year.

Despite the dubious veracity of the legend, it is curious to note how, even today, during tides or under the influence of winds, the 'well' echoes the roar of winter seas. Furthermore, during spring, an enigmatic and ambivalent plant, the Mandrake, known for its dual nature of poison and natural remedy, spontaneously grows in this land.


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Torre di Scopello - Doria

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Vasca della Regina

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Accesso al mare

Faraglioni di Scopello

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Baia dei Faraglioni di Scopello