Many know the famous "Capri bell" but not everyone knows that this precious lucky charm comes from an ancient legend.
On the island of Capri there lived a poor little shepherd boy who had only one sheep. One evening, at dusk, the boy lost his sheep. Overwhelmed by desperation, however, he thought he heard a distant ringing and, thinking it was the sound of his sheep's bell, he headed for the tinkle.
He ran to the edge of a ravine and here a sudden light dazzled the child:San Michele he appeared to him shining on his white horse. "My child - the Saint said, slipping one from his neck bell that hung on his chest - take it and always follow the sound, it will you will save from all danger". The shepherd boy, who found his sheep, brought the gift to his mother and since then his life changed forever: his every earthly desire was satisfied.
One was built on the site of the Saint's apparition Villa: San Michele, the one erected by the Swedish doctor Axel Munthe and known throughout the world. Since then, the Capri bell has been a symbol of luck and happiness and legend has it that the Capri bell should be given to people who consider themselves truly special because, with every toll of it, every wish will come true.
As a good omen towards the end of the Second World War, the island of Capri gave the American President Roosevelt a bronze bell on the occasion of the victory, still preserved today in the museum dedicated to him in New York.
The legend of the little bell lucky charm of St. Michael
Once there was a poor shepherd boy living in Capri He only had a hut to share with his widow mother and a little sheep he used to lead to graze on the slopes of Mount Solaro. One evening, the boy stopped to pick flowers and when he turned
to call the sheep he did not see it. Anguish gripped his heart. What would become of him and his mother? At that moment he thought he heard a feeble distant sound of bells and thinking it was the sound of the bell that his sheep had around the neck, lunged in that direction till he reached the brink of a ravine. Here a sudden light stopped the poor boy. St Michael appeared wrapped in a blaze of gold, shining on his white horse. “My boy” said the saint taking o from the neck a little bell that hung from his chest “take it and always follow it sound, it will save you from danger”. the shepherd boy, trembling with excitement and joy, brought the gift to his mother wrapped in a green handkerchief. Since that day his whole life was full of goodness and happiness and every earthy desire was fulfilled. On the site of the apparition was built a villa called San Michele. The miraculous little bell as a tiny lucky charm will be your talisman of luck and success