Long ago, a young couple lived happily in the Apuane Mountains of Tuscany, between the villages of San Antonio dAlpe and Piglionica.
Over the years, their relationship became strained, and finally she met another. With her new love she left the mountains for a different life. Her former lover, unable to live without her, persuaded himself that someday she would surely return. He imagined that their love would be rekindled, and that they would again live happily together.
So he waited, and waited. But she did not return. One night, weary of waiting, he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. His profile was silhouetted against the Tuscan sky, and all in that region have seen the sleeping man and learned of his story.
Note: You might also be interested in the story with our song called “Sleeping Man,”