When the god Benaco saw the beautiful Tavina sitting close to a brook, he was troubled by an invincible love passion. But Tavina gave no thought, her romantic and gentle soul did not feel attracted to powerful gods; she dreamed of a lover who could stand beside her at the brook. She had also found this lover, that was the shepherd Cisso.
For the offence of the refusal, Benaco could not find peace and so, crazy, looked for the lovers and found them sitting in grass and flowers whispering love words. Due to his jealousy Benaco became furious and turned violently against Cisso: with the trident given by his father Neptune he pierced the heart of the young shepherd, who sank into the waves.
When Tavina then recovered her senses and realised that Cisso was lost forever, she clung to him and, unable to face the loneliness, she tried to kill herself with her lover’s knife. But the gods felt pity and sent her a gentle warmth; while her feet turned into roots, fixing to the ground, her long hair swelled and changed into green willow branches.