The myth of Palinuro is one of the most famous legends in Greek and Roman mythology. Palinuro was the steersman of Aeneas, the famous Trojan hero who, after the destruction of his city, set out on a journey in search of a new homeland.
According to legend, during the journey, Palinuro had the task of guiding Aeneas' ship through the dangerous waters of the Mediterranean. One day, while they were near the Italian coast, the steersman fell into a deep sleep and the ship strayed from its course.
When Palinuro woke up, he realized that he had been abandoned by his crew and was alone on the coast of an unknown land. Desperate, he tried to escape, but was captured by some natives who brought him before their king, the king of the Samnites, who wanted to know his intentions.
Palinuro explained that he was just a pilot who had lost his ship and was trying to return to his companions. But the king of the Samnites, who was suspicious, did not believe him and ordered that he be thrown into the sea tied to a rock.
Palinuro's body was then carried by the currents to the coast of a small island, where it was found by some nymphs who, moved by his beauty, buried him with all honors.
Since then, the promontory has been called "Palinuro" in honor of the steersman, and his myth has been passed down from generation to generation as a symbol of determination and courage. Today, Palinuro is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Campania, where many visitors come to pay tribute to the legend of the famous steersman.