In around 1300, a Turkish fleet (or Saracen) besieged Posada, attempting to conquer it through exhaustion and hunger. To deceive the besiegers, the inhabitants of the fortified village – by now exhausted and unable to withstand battle – fed all that remained of their foodstuffs (a handful of beans) to a pigeon. Before freeing it in flight, they wounded him. The bird fell into the enemy camp with a full stomach. The strange swelling was noticed and so was the abundant meal, causing the Arabs to overestimate the resources of the castle, causing them to desist from the siege. It is the legend from which derives the name of the Castello della Fava, a fortress built by the Giudice of Gallura rulers in the 13th century. The legendary tale does not differ greatly from reality. From the 14th century, Posada was the ‘victim’ of raids from Saracen pirates, who spied a treasure from the sea, often coming ashore to loot it. Not by chance, the medieval village – set amidst the league of the most beautiful villages in Italy – is a ‘labyrinth’ of narrow alleys and hidden piazzas. The architecture itself recalls the ambushes, assaults and escapes.