communities of the central Apennine
mountains, the ancient legend of the Sibyl
is told. A woman, good fairy, seer and enchantress,
who lived in a cave on the
top of the mountain that today is named after her: Mount Sibilla. According to
the local tradition, the Sybil provoked
an intense earthquake in the town of
Pretare. The fairies, her maids,
remained to dance in the
village all night,
beyond the time allowed for
the return to the cave. The priestess was a
reference for the inhabitants of the mountains and for anybody who went up to
the cave to meet her. Since 69 AD many people are reported to have ascended to
meet the priestess who predicts the future. In this land pagan and religious
cults have intertwined. Today the cave is inaccessible, since 1960 the access
tunnel has completely collapsed.
story ends and the legend begins.
Top of mount Sibilla,
beginning of the path that leads to the cave.