The small city of Senigallia on the north-east coast of Italy has its own ‘little mermaid’ statue. She is found at the end of the pier at Porto di Levante, Senigallia’s harbor. map
The statue is known as Penelope of Senigallia, but is also popularly referred to as ‘the little mermaid of Senigallia’. She is often compared to Copenhagen’s famous mermaid statue by Edvard Eriksen, representing The Little Mermaid in Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.
Although Penelope is not really a mermaid, one could easily be forgiven for assuming that she is, apparently emerging from water at the end of the pier.
Just as The Little Mermaid is a symbol of Denmark and Copenhagen, Penelope has become a symbol of Senigallia. The statue was created by Gianni Guerro and was inaugurated as his gift to the city on July 2004. She represents Penelope (wife of Homer’s Odysseus), who longs for and waits for her husband’s return for 20 years. By extension, the statue represents all women longing and waiting for their lover’s return.
The inscription by the statue reads:
Chiunque Tu sia ovunque Tu vada la Tua Penelope sia sempre con Te Gianni Guerra 3 luglio 1994
Whoever you are wherever you go your Penelope is always with you Gianni Guerro 3 July 1994
As a symbol of undying love, the pier with the statue of Penelope is a very popular spot for weddings. Also, there are numerous chains with padlocks around Penelope, fastened here by couples in love – some of whom surely will come back here for their weddings.
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