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Once upon a time, there was a young man who fell in love with a girl from Tasola. To reach her he had to cross the Ceno River, but there was not any crossing. Therefore, in order to reach Tasola the boy had to walk a long way that went up to Romezzano and then down along Spora and Chiesiola. The lovers, because of this curvy route, could not meet very often.

One day, a devil, who had been looking at the couple for a while, decided to offer a deal to help them: any time the boy wanted to cross the river, the devil would have built a bridge. Then he would have dismantled it as soon as the lover crossed it again to go back home.

This agreement lasted until the day that the Anchorite Saint from Calice found out the trick and decided to end it. He went down the riverbank and hid himself into the wood waiting for the arrival of the devil. This came and created the bridge for his protected. In that exact moment the Anchorite Saint came out and lift a cross, blessing the bridge. The devil seeing the cross run away quickly and disappear in the mountains, but the bridge stilled there for a long time, helping the connection between the towns of the two sides of the river. Many years after a huge storm happened on the Penna Mountain and the flood that came to the valley destroyed the bridge, taking it and burying it far away. Nowadays, only the town of Calice remember this story.


(Based on the “Disolla e Tognu” of Romeo Musa da Calice)





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