If there were a fairy-tale that took place inn Sardinia, Castelardo would probably be the ideal place for stories about kings and queens, princes and princesses….and some frogs too!
The princess, locked up in the Doria’s castle, on top of the hill overlooking the town down below where the villagers live, has a gorgeous view on the Asinara’s Gulf. Salvatorica, this is how the princess’ name, spends her days looking at the sea, hoping to see her prince coming to save her. Clearly the prince doesn’t’ use the horse anymore, but he comes by boat, hopefully on a yacht (this is a modern fairy-tale and even the princes needs to keep up with the times). Prince Hannibal already tried once to save his beloved, but a wicked and jealous witch transformed his elephant into a rock (he came from Africa, crossing mountains and oceans to get there!), which it is still visible few miles away at the entrance of the village.
The few times she is allowed to leave her prison is to attend mass, at the church of Sant’Antonio Abate, which has a beautiful majolica dome and it’s not too far from her golden jail, or to take a walk in the castle’s gardens, down below the city walls. The view from below is equally beautiful: the town seems to be precariously balanced up there and one cant’ help to ask if this is also a spell.
How hard it is to go back, up to the castle though! Just when a flying carpet is needed, or even a flying broom, the magic ends! So the princess has to climb up the stairs, but it doesn’t really matter: this is how she keeps in shape while waiting for her Prince Hannibal!
The sunsets on the Mediterranean Sea are amazing, overwhelming beautiful that she almost forget about her broken heart. It is now that the village comes to live: people get dressed up and fill the streets around the fortress till the early hours, while Salvatorica patiently waits for someone to save her. It doesn’t really matter if Hannibal or anybody else at this point.
Time goes by and she doesn’t get any younger. Therefore, if there is a frog around waiting to become a prince, please come forward!
In times of needs, anything goes!
Any resemblance to real events and/or to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.