Created by Tiziano Fioriti
Words : Giancarlo Sangari
Voice : Roberto Pedicini

Created by Tiziano Fioriti
Words : Giancarlo Sangari
Voice : Roberto Pedicini

There once was a boy named Colapesce, who loved the sea more than anything else.
He was born in Messina where he spent all his life. A fisherman’s son, he was known for feeling more content swimming in the depths of the sea than walking on the land. Even to those around him, he seemed to resemble his fishy friends from the deep more than any human man.

His affinity for the water became known so far and wide that one day it happened that the King of Sicily, Frederico II, came to the city to order to see this man for himself.

When the boy was brought into his presence, the King demanded that he be put to the test to order prove his great fame.
He commanded that Colapesce retrieve the King’s royal crown, cup and ring that he had tossed into the deepest part of the sea. If he was able to achieve this great feat, he would reward Colapesce with the hand of his fair daughter.

It had been told since ancient times that the isle of Sicily sat upon three great columns of stone. As it happened as Colapesce dove down and down, further into the deep after the King’s ring, he noticed that the pillar that held up Messina was cracked from side to side.

Colapesce quickly realized that should the pillar break then not just Messina but the whole of Sicily risked tumbling into the dark abyss at the bottom of the sea. 

Colapesce’s knew it was his duty, because of his great love for his homeland, to sacrifice his life to hold this pillar forever in place and thereby save the great isle of Sicily from this fate. So there he remains even to this day. It is said even now that every time Messina trembles from the shaking of the earth that it is Colapesce moving his position to rest from his great labour.

It is also said that Eolo, the king of the wind, orders his subjects to spread Cola’s voice throughout the island whenever he re-emerges from the sea bed, a voice that booms: “Do not worry, Colapesce will never falter. Sicily will never fall”.

There once was a boy named Colapesce, who loved the sea more than anything else.
He was born in Messina where he spent all his life. A fisherman’s son, he was known for feeling more content swimming in the depths of the sea than walking on the land. Even to those around him, he seemed to resemble his fishy friends from the deep more than any human man.

His affinity for the water became known so far and wide that one day it happened that the King of Sicily, Frederico II, came to the city to order to see this man for himself.

When the boy was brought into his presence, the King demanded that he be put to the test to order prove his great fame.
He commanded that Colapesce retrieve the King’s royal crown, cup and ring that he had tossed into the deepest part of the sea. If he was able to achieve this great feat, he would reward Colapesce with the hand of his fair daughter.

It had been told since ancient times that the isle of Sicily sat upon three great columns of stone. As it happened as Colapesce dove down and down, further into the deep after the King’s ring, he noticed that the pillar that held up Messina was cracked from side to side.

Colapesce quickly realized that should the pillar break then not just Messina but the whole of Sicily risked tumbling into the dark abyss at the bottom of the sea. 

Colapesce’s knew it was his duty, because of his great love for his homeland, to sacrifice his life to hold this pillar forever in place and thereby save the great isle of Sicily from this fate. So there he remains even to this day. It is said even now that every time Messina trembles from the shaking of the earth that it is Colapesce moving his position to rest from his great labour.

It is also said that Eolo, the king of the wind, orders his subjects to spread Cola’s voice throughout the island whenever he re-emerges from the sea bed, a voice that booms: “Do not worry, Colapesce will never falter. Sicily will never fall”.