If you happen to be on the island of Elba on July 14th, you're likely to notice the scent of love in the air: every year, Elba celebrates the story of two lovers that lived in the island many years ago. After the sunset, one hundred people dressed in special costumes participate in a parade. It's a very interesting event and if you have the possibility of taking part in it, just do it! But what's the story of these two lovers?
The legend says that in 1534 the seaside of Elba was not a safe place: the island was often invaded by dangerous pirates like Barbarossa who dominated the Mediterranean. In that period, the inhabitants of Elba were used to living in tightly knit groups and everyone was advised to avoid certain beaches, but a couple of lovers - Maria and Lorenzo - didn't listen to the advice. Lorenzo and Maria were completely in love with each other, but the rich family of Lorenzo didn't approve of the relationship. One day, when Lorenzo was helping a fisherman who worked for his father, he found this special beach, far away from the severe eyes of his family. From that day on, this beach became their secret hiding place.
For many weeks they lived unforgettable moments of joy and love together on that paradisical beach until that July 14th. Lorenzo arrived earlier at their beach because he wanted to prepare a boat to escape with Maria and marry her against his family will. The story did not end well because a group of pirates arrived and attacked him. Maria was just arriving at the beach when she saw the fight. When she was able to get closer, the pirates were gone: they left the dead body of Lorenzo. Driving to despair, she threw herself in the sea and her body was never recovered. In the 17th century, a nobleman from Spain called Don Domingo Cardenas, attracted by the beauty of the place, decided to live at the beach he used to call "Calla de lo Ferro". One summer night, in July, he caught a glimpse of a young pretty lady calling for help. In his surprise at seeing what must have been Maria's ghost, he shouted so loudly that even people at Capoliveri (a village that is 6 km away from the beach) were able to hear him! Later, when he learned of his chosen beach's history and the tragic story of the lovers, he promised himself he would light 1000 torches for Maria and Lorenzo. From that date the beach is known as "Spiaggia dell'Innamorata".