On 6 August in Cefalù the SS. Salvatore, patron saint of the town, among the various recreational events, there is a particular and ancient challenge called "the 'Ntinna a mari".
It is a game in which 17 boys or men participate, coming from families of fishermen from Cefalù. Participants must walk on a 16 meter long wooden beam, fixed on the pier and made smooth with animal fat, and be able to catch the flag placed on its end. The face of the patron saint is depicted on the flag.
These events therefore have a dual purpose: to celebrate the patron saint of the town and entertain and involve the public, which is why some inhabitants take advantage of the opportunity to wear clothes that are not suitable for the occasion or even ridiculous clothes.
The 'Ntinna a mari is an integral part of the culture of Cefalù and highlights the typical values of Sicilian culture: religiosity, brotherhood, warmth, joy and respect for traditions, certainly a show not to be missed!