Torre di Palme , a village overlooking the sea, which alone is worth a visit ( thanks to the breathtaking view from the balcony of the square ) : from there you can leave for a walk along a trail about 2 miles through the forest of Cugnolo, a rare example of Mediterranean recognized ” Floristic Protected area .” Here, although the city hall has equipped all the way to fences and walkways, strollers just do not turn easily so you need a backpack for toddlers , comfortable shoes and clothes that fit ! It is not a complicated path , but if at the end of the path you want to explore the famous ” Cave of Lovers” , you have to climb a bit ‘ ! I know well the history of the cave, in 2011 I worked at the commemoration of the death of the two lovers in Torre di Palme , Anthony and Laurina , who in 1911 during the war in Libya took refuge here for a few days before being discovered and before taking a tragic decision. When Valentine’s Day is approaching , this is a moving story that can be told to big kids.
Antonio and Laurina were very young , he had been called to arms and she was a cute girl and fell in love , so that, it is said , from illiterate in a few weeks she learned to write in order to communicate with his love away . During a short leave , Antonio went to see Laurina for a few hours , after which Laurina took him back to the station of Pedaso to catch the train that would take him to Ascoli , which never arrived : they took refuge in the cave natural forest , known by the inhabitants of Torre di Palme , but at that time not used because it was winter . There he remained hidden until the father he did not find them , begging them to come back : they did remove the parent and took a bitter decision : they threw , tied together , from the ditch of St. Philip , not far away . Laurina died , Antonio survived until the next year and even underwent a process because it believed guilty of inciting to suicide the girlfriend . For a long time the story was a matter of shame and was not told, but still lives in the memories of his nephews and heirs of the two lovers .