Envision a charming bay, where crystalline waters blend into a thousand shades of blue and emerald, gently lapping against a pebbly shore.
Picture also whitewashed cottages clinging to the cliffs overseeing this slice of heaven, a lively little harbor where brightly colored boats sway tied to the docks, and nestled in the rocks, a tiny chapel standing guard. If you have been fortunate enough to witness this scene not only in your dreams, then you have likely set foot in Marina di Conca, the beating heart of our quaint Campanian village, whose history is inextricably linked to that of its delightful beach.
Favored by prominent figures such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Gianni Agnelli, Richard Gere, and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, this location offers an idyllic setting for rejuvenating swims and snorkeling adventures, thanks to the extraordinary clarity of its waters.
On August 5th every year, this beach becomes a sacred space where a mass is celebrated in honor of the Madonna della Neve, revered as the protector of the local seafarers. The chapel built in her honor, nestled near the beach, is a gem of modest size that cannot accommodate a large congregation, hence the celebration takes place under the open sky. Inside the chapel, an altarpiece stands prominently, depicting the Madonna with Child; according to local legend, this treasured artifact was found by the seamen of Conca dei Marini on the beach of Constantinople, following a devastating looting by the Ottomans.
Today, this relief casts a tender maternal gaze upon the inhabitants of the village, who place their worries and hopes in it, trusting in its sacred protection.