At the beginning of the seventeenth century, Tellaro was a fortress posted to protection of Barbazzano, a village on the hills frequently attacked by the Saracen pirates for its rich production of olive.
Besides the indented coastline the protection was given by the bell tower of the church where one man was on the lookout ready to alarm in case of danger.
During one stormy night, when nobody supposed an attack, the village was sleeping quietly including the watchman in the bell tower.
But really during that night the Saracens headed by Galla D'Arenzano attempted to attack the village.
The Saracens were about to land when unexpected the bells started ringing again and again. The village heard the alarm and everyone rushed to defend the Village.
The pirates were driven back and Tellaro was safe once again.
But who had rung the bell and given the alarm?
Near the tower, the inhabitants of Tellaro saw a big octopus still attached to the bell rope with its tentacles.
It had come out of the seal attached itself to the rope and given the alarm.
Since, the Octopus has been the symbol of Tellaro.
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Photo taken in Via Fiascherino, 19, 19032 Tellaro SP, Italy
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