Turinela, one of the fairies from the Istrian legend, likes to rest in the shade of our olive trees, adding a little magic to each olive she lands on. As our trees grow, their roots are woven among Turinela’s enchanted stones, giving all of our olive oil a little bit of her good fortune.
Once upon a time, Istria was inhabited by fairies, who would dance in the forests and meadows at night. One night, the fairies each grabbed a stone from the Učka mountain, and put them, one by one into a circle, which is how the Pula Arena was built.
Since the fairies are creatures of the night, as the first sun rays appeared, they had to disappear. Otherwise, people would see them. So, the Arena remained unfinished, missing its top. The stones intended for this final endeavor remained scattered throughout Istria, from Učka to the sea.
The fairies had to drop them and hide, no matter where they were. One of these fairies is Turinela, and she found herself in our olive field as the sun was rising that faithful day.
If you visit our olive fields at night, keep your eyes open. If you're lucky you might catch a glimpse of Turinela dancing among the branches of our trees. You can see the walls we built with her magical stones, and fell the richness of the soil, full of her good fortunes. If you hear the flap of wings, you can never be sure that its just a fly, so listen closely.
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