The legend of Tumulus and Kalimera
The Apulian Romeo and Juliet
We are in 272 BC and Taranto was besieged by the Romans.
One morning Kalimera, a beautiful Tarantina girl from the walls, met Consul Tumulo's gaze, it was love at first sight for both.
The two tried to meet, but the city gates and the presence of the Taranto guards prevented them from meeting. One night, Kalimera evaded surveillance, she managed to open the doors and let Tumulo enter, but the Roman soldiers also entered with him.
There was a small battle, but the Tarentines managed to push the Romans back outside the walls, taking Tumulus as a prisoner. Kalimera was accused of treason and sentenced to be burned at the stake.
Tumulo watched helplessly Kalimera tied on a fire, the flames began to touch Kalimera, but Tumulo managed to escape from her and embrace her for the first time.
Their hearts finally united, merged in eternity and the wind scattered their ashes; it is said that even today, in some streets of Taranto, their sentences of love and their cries can be heard in the wind.
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