Acciaroli is that kind of charming fishing village along the Cilento coast in Italy where they don’t even bother calling possibly their only bar any other name but that, Bar.




Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway visited in 1953 and met his “Old Man” here. They say that he based the character of Santiago in his novel “The Old Man and the Sea” on a local fisherman called Antonio Massarone.

“Everything about him was old except his eyes, and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.”

Almost every day, Antonio Massarone and Ernest Hemingway went fishing at sea.



Fast forward 6 decades later and the kind of old men I met here were pretty busy taking photos of the colorful local fruits with their smartphones.



Upon seeing this scene, I showed them how to take a better shot in broken Italian.




They were very happy. And I was too.


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6 Responses to “Acciaroli, Italy: The (Urban) Legend of Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man” Subscribe

  1. Francesco Portoghese August 27, 2015 at 9:49 PM #

    Dress not far ….. shame not having been able to meet in person. I am planning to open a small B & B in Cilento. Follow me next year if you’re in the area we’ll see! Coccoilcreativo 😉

    • DJ Yabis September 4, 2015 at 7:52 AM #

      I hope to come back again soon!

  2. lifeisacelebration August 18, 2015 at 11:23 AM #

    Thanks for Hemingway tip. Love how you took time to make those old men happy. Cheers!

    • DJ Yabis August 19, 2015 at 10:29 AM #

      You’re welcome 😀 You should have seen their faces. It was priceless!

  3. Ryan Brett August 10, 2015 at 6:47 PM #

    What a charming place! Is this near Salerno?

    • DJ Yabis August 10, 2015 at 7:24 PM #

      Yes, an hour or so away from Salerno. Love it!

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