The chapel of Saint Crescenzia

The chapel of St. Crescentia has a great devotion, even today many tourists and locals go there to pray.

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The chapel of St. Crescentia, that has a great popular devotion, is located in a particularly suggestive and connected to the history of the village of San Vito.

Legend tells that the young Vito, patrician mazarese son of a high official of Rome, had to flee from his hometown with his nurse Crescenzia and Modesto, who had converted to Christianity to escape persecution ordered by Diocletian.
After a few days of sailing toward north, a storm forced the ship of Vito to land in a bay protected from the wind by a rocky cape well known by sailors of the time (Egitarso or Egitallo). The three would try to convert villagers Conturrana, which stood about three kilometers from the sea, under a high rock.
It is popularly believed that San Vito had tried in vain to convert the inhabitants of the village of Conturrana, who were punished by God for not having listened to the preaching, with a landslide that buried the town: it is believed that the mysterious village is under the 'huge pile of stones in the district Valanga.
The aedicule of St. Crescentia remembers instead the place where the landslide stopped, saving San Vito, Modesto and the Santa that, transgressing the divine order not to turn to not to see the punishment of God, became stone for the fright : according to an ancient popular belief, to download “u scantu” (fear), you have to throw the stones inside the aedicule.

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