According to a 17th Century legend, a group of sailors were caught in a storm just off of the coast of Pizzo. Fearing an imminent death, the captain gathered his crew and prayed to the Madonna, promising to build a church in her honor in exchange for safe landing. When they landed on shore unscathed, they kept their promise and built an altar inside a nearby cave.
The cave is carved entirely in tufa stone and over the years local artists and sculptors have added to the display. Light seeping into the cave from the overhead crevices and nearby ocean cast a dramatic, yet eerie, glow on the statues and the occasional golden-hued fish can be seen swimming in the puddles that have formed over the years.
– This and other fascinating stops on the 1st Annual Calabrian Table Tour in October! (see below)