Talking of Colapesce, maybe someone could think of the Sicilian artist Antonio Di Martino, who sang during Sanremo Festival 2021. But the truth is that even the young singer took his pseudonym from the more famous Sicilian legend. Sicily is indeed a magic land, it’s rich in traditions and legends. Among these, one of the most beautiful is the one about Colapesce.

Cola was a young boy who lived in Sicily, in the city of Messina. He was a boy who liked water, in fact he spent hours and hours swimming. He also loved fishes, he threw back into the sea all those his father fished in order to allow them to live. 

Cursed by his mother exasperated by his behaviour, Cola turned into fish whenever he touched the water (hence the name Colapesce). The boy gradually spent more and more time underwater. He became a good informant for sailors who asked him news to avoid the storms. He was also regarded as a good courier since he managed to swim very well. 

His fame increased day by day and even the King of Sicily Frederick II wanted to know him. To test his courage and skills, the King decided to throw his crown into the sea. The young boy took two days and two nights to find it. On his return he told the King that he saw that underneath Sicily rests on three columns, a solid one, the second damaged and the third creaking because of a magic fire that did expire. 

The King also decided to prove his truth by throwing a ring into the sea and Colapesce for the second time accepted to recover it, but this time he no longer went up because he remained to support the damaged column. 

Even now it is said that Colapesce is still there under Sicily to support the column damaged by the magic fire…

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