day the nymph, after the sunset, she used to leave the beach to
go to the reef. There was to wait for her, Aci, shepherd of the
place, for whom, the nymph was in love. The young shepherd was
son of the God Pan, protector of mounts and the forests.
Aci loved Galatea and she loved him and when the nymph met him,
her eyes filled up of joy and the heart was beating so much
mixing to the sounds of the nature.
" My Sweet love I’m here, How I could live without you
", said Galatea just arrived there.
When she arrived, Aci repeated to her: " Stay always live
Galatea knew that she was not allowed to move from the royal
palace of Poseidone, God of the sea, but she the same comforts
his sweetheart: " Every day that the sea will caress this
charming beach, I will be with you ".
The two lovers tightened in their love attended the first
shadows of the evening that slowly - came down from the hills to
the sea and then they were separating each other.
" See you tomorrow, Love", Galatea kept saying going
back to the sea of the Lachea’s archipelago.
One day, the joyful games of the nymphs were interrupted from a
messenger of Polifemo.
" oh Galatea nymph the great Polifemo wishes that you come
with me ", he exclaimed her. The lovely Galatea, surprised,
did not have time to open her mouth that the satyr said: "
I will take you to his house so that you become his bride".
Galatea started to cry. Then, the nymphs consoled her. Then the
sweet nymph still with the tears to the eyes said turned to the
satyr: "Go to Polifemo and tell him that I am flattered of
his proposal, but I can’t love him because my heart belongs to
After this, the nymph let herself go crying: " why, why me,
sweet love that you are among the forests, you don't know the
torment that is going to be for us ".
When the satyr was arrived with the bad news to the entrance of
the cove of Polifemo, the Ciclops heard him of his arrival and
" Tell me satyr, Where is Galatea? "
The satyr afraid of him, he hesitated but he could not do
nothing but to tell him everything.
A beastly shout came out from the throat of the terrible Cyclops.
He took the satyr and threw him against the cliff. Full of anger
began to beat the fists on the walls of the cove and he broke
it. He shaked the mountain.
"Aci, you, insignificant shepherd, steal me the love of
Galatea". Cyclops still was full of rage, went to the beach
While Aci and Galatea, they were together as usual and the nymph,
still with reddish eyes said everything to her shepherd.
"My love, dry your tears, enough is sad, I swear that
neither Polifemo, or other monster will ever be able to separate
us". Aci, said these words, tightened the nymph in a tender
hug, then Galatea as usual dipped in the water to go away.
While Aci was going to the forest, still thinking to his love,
appeared the terrible Polifemo.
The Cyclops blind of jealous took from the ground an enormous
stone and he threw it to Aci, killing him. -
The body of the poor shepherd, it was under the stone dead.
As soon as the news reached Galatea, she went where was the body
of Aci. When she saw her love, she cried all the tears that she
had in her eyes. Her crying had the compassion of the Gods who
wanted to attenuate her pain transforming Aci in a beautiful
river that comes down from the Etna to end into the beach where
the two lovers used to have their meetings usually.