According to legend, the goddess Maja, the eldest of the Pleiades and the daughter of Atlas, coming from Phrygia landed with a court of Amazons on the Abruzzo coast near Ortona, in search of the miraculous mountain herb that ser ¬ lived to heal the wounds of Hermes, the son by Zeus. But the child died shortly after and followed him even Maja grief-stricken.

He was born so that the two highest mountain ranges dell’Appen ¬ nino, the Gran Sasso and the Majella. As to the first, to observe the profile of the coast between Pescara and Ortona, apparently pro ¬ prio a giant petrified, lying with his arms folded (D’Annunzio called the female “Bella sleeping”), while the Majella, more discreet, it seems raggo ¬ mitolata on itself and torn by deep gorges and valleys.

Majella mountain sacred, then, the “mother mountain”, “nest of saints and hermits”, as defined by Petrarch “The solitary life.” Indeed, the Majella was in the Middle Ages a favorite destination for hermits who dug their homes in the most inaccessible gorges. We will travel through the aromas typical of the area offered from garlic Sulmona red stored in long braids handmade (key ingredient in Abruzzo dish of fish, vegetables sauté, for beans, macaroni for the “puttanesca ) and saffron.

Spice of ancient origin (Ovid speaks), is the basis of many recipes so that the risotto alla Milanese would actually be a fifteenth-century copy of the risotto “navellese.”