This small coastal territory, lacking in cultivable lands and scarcely populated, was a land of tenacity, built up by exiles from Amalfi in search of safety. There was an impenetrable fortress that resisted Saracen raids. The first inhabitants became able fishermen, artisans and farmers. Some say they were forced from Amalfi as refugees, others say they left and sought refuge here. Either way, it's a fascinating place that is a "neverland" outside of time and place.