San Pellegrino in Alpe is a small village resting on the mountains between the provinces of Lucca and Modena, the highest inhabited town in the Apennines. The place is famous not only for the striking view but also for its ancient sanctuary, a well-known place of pilgrimage. According to legend, San Pellegrino, son of the king of Scotland, renounced his throne, travelled to Jerusalem and on his way back home, while crossing the Apennines, was struck by the beauty of this place, inspiring him to stop here and become a hermit.
The name of San Pellegrino is also linked to another local legend: the creation of Monte Forato:it’s said that the Devil, tired of watching San Pellegrino praying and singing all day long, tried to tempt him in every way, up to the point of slapping him … but, this time, the Saint decided to strike back and slapped the Devil so hard that he was flung against the opposite mountain, creating its famous hole! Monte Forato can be seen from San Pellegrino in Alpe, and when looking from certain spots, the arch creates an effect of a double sunset, when the sun falls between the arch and soon reappears for a short while in the hole below before dipping below the horizon.