In 1380 the Genoese fleet sailed towards Izola convinced of their chance to prevail over the Venetians and dominate the maritime trade in the Mediterranean. Saint Maurus, the patron saint of the town, sent a white dove to fly over the Genoese fleet that could not see the shore due to a miraculous fog, with witch St. Maurus hid the town. The Genoans followed the dove, knowing that doves never fly far from the coast. Yet this dove took them to the open sea and returned to the church. There it dropped an olive branch from the beak as a sign of peace and security.
A dove with an olive branch is now represented on the town’s coat of arms. To this day we celebrate this historic event every October. The celebrations are accompanied by cultural and sporting events.