Stories, Legends and mysterious places of the Marche
Of all the mysterious places of the Marche is certainly the most magical, legendary Sibyl, which gave its name to the Fairies, situated in the Sibillini Mountains Cave or Cave of the Sibyl at over 2,000 meters high. It seems that this cave was the gateway to the underground kingdom of the Queen Sibilla, ancient priestess, custodian of ancestral secrets able to predict the future and mediate between man and God. Connected to it, there is the ancient Church of Santa Maria in Pantano of the VIII century, near the Castle of Santa Maria, at 1200 meters high, where you meet pagan and Christian culture. The frescoes inside the church are particularly original and next to the Gospel episodes also the Sibyls were represented. The striking cave and the myth of the Sibyl is dedicated the Museum of the Cave of the Sibilla in Montemonaco (AP) that preserves legends, historical photographs and studies on Marche myth.
Connected to this myth is Lake Pilate (AP), it is still shrouded in the mystery of the legend. It is said that anyone who looked at him for the first time he saw her completely red waters and thought to have arrived at the place where the kingdom of the living entered into communication with the underworld of the dead. It was then that witches, wizards and necromancers began to attend to celebrate their magical rituals and to consecrate in its waters the famous “Book of Command”. The origin of its name is very ancient: it is said that Pontius Pilate, before he died, the emperor Tiberius asked to pull his corpse from buffalo until he found a worthy place for his burial. Come to the Sibillini Mountains, his body was thrown into the lake, where disappeared forever, swallowed up by his reddish waves.
Getting down to the lake and have the show in front of a pristine nature, making new lives all the legends that hover around it.
In the north of the Marche region with a rich artistic and cultural heritage and landscape, it remains rather enraptured by the beauty of this land, where the area of Sasso Simone and Simoncello Park, in the province of Pesaro-Urbino, in the mid-sixteenth century two architects, Giovanni dressing rooms and Simone Genga, they planned the city of the Sun, conceived as an ideal city and utopian. This architecture, it remains a symbol of a road paved path running toward what appeared to Olympus, or the promontory where it was built this city, of only 300 inhabitants, and abandoned in 1673 due to adverse weather conditions. Anyone who is coming in the Park is still pervaded by an aura of spirituality, especially in the Sun City neighborhood, a kind of heavenly Jerusalem dreamed of but never fully realized.
Among all these places came to life the legend of Brambolona, set in the hills flanking the river Metauro. In this place, there was a castle, said Gaifa with a tower and a bell, rung in wartime. It seems that towards the fifteenth century a large landslide destroyed most of the building, but the bell was saved and was built quickly a wooden tower that was supposed to be temporary. This room is not suited to the bell, so that every winter, this is wreathed all of icicles that is “Bromboli” in dialect, hence the name Brombolona. The bell was fought over by the Earl of Gaifa and Count Primicilio, that one night he managed to steal it by giving it a new place, more appropriate and within a fortified castle.