During the clearest days of spring, inhabitants of the Tyrrhenian coast of Sicily and of the Nebrodi Mountains will often point to the sea and say: “There, you can see the omu ntrunatu today”. They are referring to Pietra Lunga, the tallest of Lipari’s crags.
Omu ntrunatu, in the local dialect, means thunderstruck man. Such was the fate, legend has it, suffered by a man who would not abstain from working on Good Friday. For his impious conduct, God decided to struck him with a lightning and he was instantly turned into stone.