Vieste and the love of Pizzomunno and Cristalda
The beautiful town of Vieste, on the promontory of the Gargano, lying on the Adriatic Sea surrounded by a moving legend: the love of Pizzomunno and Cristalda.
The symbol of Vieste is a huge 25 m high stack on the beach. It’s a piece of sedimentary rock that was eroded throughout the centuries taking this shape. This is what scientists say but the story told by local people is a little bit different.
They call it, Pizzomunno and they say it’s the name of a young man who was in love with a beautiful girl, Cristalda.
This feeling was so strong that the mermaids living in the Adriatic Sea were not able to seduce him with their beauty and their voice, because he didn’t want to cheat on his girlfriend. What did those fish-tailed chicks did as a revenge?
They waited for the couple to have some chilling time on the beach and then they suddenly came out of the water, kidnapped the girl and let her disappear in the bottom of the sea. Pizzomunno didn’t manage to save her, therefore he burst out crying out of desperation and was transformed into a rock.
According to the legend, they are allowed to meet each other once every hundred years.
Last year this story has achieved some popularity in Italy thanks to Max Gazzè, who sang a song about it at the most important music festival of the country, Sanremo’s Festival.
Vieste is a small town, in the province of Foggia, at the head of the most famous promontory of Puglia, the Gargano. Lying on the Adriatic Sea, with one of the most beautiful sandy promenade of the whole coast, it boasts a historical centre that is a medieval village overlooking the sea with alleys and glimpses of the blue sea.
A pearl and one of the most romantic walks in Puglia.