They have always inhabited our nightmares and make us shiver when we are alone, they are said to be the souls of the deceased who are stuck in some place dear to them or a source of suffering for them, perhaps they want to tell us something: ghosts have always been part of our fears but, like all fears, they frighten and attract in the same way.
There are in fact, in the world and therefore also in Italy, gods places surrounded by legends ghostly that, they say, still are inhabited by some obscure presences.
Often they are castles, old houses, or places of constraint such as prisons, hospitals and sanatoriums, but also orphanages and schools, they are usually also accompanied by tragic and terrible stories, sometimes with a happy ending. Create the right atmosphere, make sure you have turned on some lights and follow us to discover the haunted places present on our Peninsula.
13 - Palazzo Carmagnola, Milan
Address: Via Rovello, 2
Built in the th century, today Palazzo Carmagnola is the headquarters of Consob and the Piccolo Teatro of Milan. THE ghosts that would inhabit this building would be two: that of the Count of Carmagnola e that of Cecilia Gallerani.
The Count of Carmagnola, or Francesco Bussone, was a leader who lived for years in the palace and who died beheaded. Cecilia Gallerani is the famous Lady with an Ermine portrayed in Leonardo's painting and was the lover of Ludovico il Moro. Witnesses argue that both wander around the rooms of the palace and that it is possible to see the beautiful Cecilia from one of the windows during the night of the Memorial of the dead, on November 2.
12 - Cursed Monastery of the Devil's Monks, Sicignano degli Alburni (SA)
If you would like to venture out to discover this monastery, know that just getting there is quite difficult, and the locals will advise you against visiting in any way. Through a small road that can only be traveled on foot, you reach the ruins of this building, where a hooded figure was seen wandering, at night, even in recent times.
The monastery dates back to 1600 but, towards the mid-1700s, one of its monks committed such atrocities as to rename the building as The Devil's Monks Monastery.
One day a sick and hungry traveler appeared at the door of the monastery, the monks welcomed him and he repaid the kindness by becoming a handyman and, later, he also took vows. The new monk one day fell in love with a young local peasant woman, but the two lovers were soon discovered by the other monks, who they imprisoned him and tortured her to death, accusing her of being a witch of the devil, sent to induce the servants of God into sin. strange deaths began to occur, always accidental, not only in the monastery but also in the neighboring villages: whoever came too close to that monastery, disappeared without returning. Everything was branded as a rumor, until a woman and her husband, passing by in a carriage, asked for shelter at the monastery: that night only her husband returned, driving his own carriage but with a smashed skull. Some witnesses say that, on certain nights, a man in a carriage still wanders around those places in search of his wife. After this episode the king sent his men to discover the culprits, they arrived at the monastery, where they hanged the monk from an oak tree, right in front of the building. Perhaps the monk still wanders among the ruins, waiting for his next victim?
11 - Villa Caboto, Mondello (PA)
Address: Caboto square
Built in the 40s and finally abandoned in the 80s, Villa Caboto it is surrounded by an aura of mystery. Many of those who have approached it say that inside or strange things happen in its vicinity, you can hear strange noises coming from the house, especially at night.
There are also those who claim to have seen an old woman in front of the entrance, to have been savagely beaten by mysterious forces in front of the villa, to have seen a light go on and off constantly or to have noticed that the house moves and that inside the perception of time is changed.
It is said that the mysterious Mondello villa originally it was a rendezvous house where German soldiers who remained in Sicily were killed along with prostitutes during an American ambush and that, since then, their souls have been wandering inside, partying all night long. It is also said that the house was a kind of prison for prisoners of a certain caliber, who came killed and massacred inside.
The latest story claims that the ghost of a girl killed by her father who caught her in the act with her lover, you are still waiting for her beloved in front of the door of the house.
10 - Villa Cerri - The Villa of the cursed lovers, Lomello (PV)
Address: on the provincial 193 bis
It is said that the owner of this sumptuous liberty style villa, at the beginning of the twentieth century, he went out for a hunt but, not having met any interesting prey, he returned earlier than usual. His wife did not meet him as usual, in fact he found her on the second floor, where he was entertaining himself in unequivocal attitudes with a young stable boy who for some time had become her lover. The man shot the two of them and then, blinded by anger and jealousy, took his own life with the last bullet. Since it seems that the ghosts of the three haunt the house, leading the subsequent owners to suicide or insanity: in the s the members of an entire family died all in a short time.
It seems, however, that the truth is much less romantic than it seems: in a postcard from 1931 we see the owner of the villa on the doorstep of his home, so many years after the alleged bloody incident. Some historians also argue that the mystery of the villa was born from the merger of two crime events dating back to the nineteenth century: the massacre of the Vecchio Mulino, where a peasant family was exterminated by robbers (although many hypothesize adultery as the real cause of the massacre) and a gossip, dating back to the late thirties, which tells of the tragic love story of two tenants of Villa Cerri , guilty only of having had a clandestine love.
9 - Manor of the Rotta, Moncalieri (TO)
Address: provincial road 393 of Villastellone
Due to the state of neglect in which it was at the beginning of the twentieth century, due to its solitary location and the fact that it was frequented by Knights Templar, around the castle were born rumors of alleged supernatural activity. The building would also be placed in an astrological position suitable for the contribution of natural energies as it is oriented, in relation to the position of the sun, moon and planets, at the intersection of particular lines of Earth's magnetic forces.
According to the "experts" the castle would be the most haunted in Italy, as it was noted the presence of: an armed knight on his steed, a criminal priest,a ritual procession of ecclesiastics (every June 14), a noblewoman who may be suicidal, an elderly nanny guilty of having caused the disappearance of an infant, a cardinal seated and intent on reading a book and a man dressed in black who returns to the place of his death.
8 - Villa Foscari, Mira (VE)
Address: Via dei Turisti, 9
Designed by Andrea Palladio for the Foscari brothers, the Villa is an immense construction from 1560. If it was originally home of Venetian nobles, today it is inhabited by the ghost of a woman: for this reason the building is also called La Malcontenta.
Nicolò Foscari married the beautiful Elisabetta Dolfin, but due to the woman's alleged infidelities and amorous anxieties, her exasperated husband had her exiled to the newly built villa. Here his wife spent her last thirty years in semi-enclosure, although every day she proclaimed her innocence. Legend has it that, after his death, the ghost of the woman still roams the rooms of the villa, particularly in Armida's room and in the rear garden. The ghost would have the appearance of a beautiful woman, with pale skin and red hair, wearing a very elegant and low-cut long black dress. Often the figure is clear but other times it is an evanescent image.
7 - Villa Magnoni, Cona (FE)
Address: provincial road 22
Villa Magnoni is a long abandoned building, neither the current owner or any of his heirs are known. In the town where it is located, everyone knows the Villa and its history, that of curse of the witch.
Testimonials tell of screams, moans and ghosts, all that remains of one death story that happened in the mid-80s, when four boys in search of adventure, decided to challenge the aura of mystery that surrounds the building and entered into exploration. In the middle of the visit, they heard a child's screams and soon after they saw an old woman looking out of the window screaming at them "go away". Running away from this presence, the boys ended up with the car off the road, and in the accident three of them died. The survivor told everything to the authorities, that they had all the entrances of the villa bricked up, but after a few days only one window appears free, the very one where the boys saw the mysterious old woman.
The Villa is today the destination of many ghost-hunters, who say they have heard female whispers ordering them to leave, chilling screams of children and dark shadows near the only open window.
6 - Villa Clara, Trebbo di Reno (BO)
Address: via Zanardi 449
Originally it was called Palazzo Malvasia, today this sixteenth-century house has taken the name of Villa Clara, like the little girl who was killed inside in the early 900s. The building, now dilapidated and surrounded by an overgrown garden, appears to be the eternal home of the spirit of Clara exactly, that was it walled up alive by her father, terrified of the alleged powers of foresight shown by the little girl.
Another version of the story tells that Clara was not a child but a teenager, stepdaughter of the owner of the villa, who would have bricked her up alive to punish her for a relationship she had started with a subordinate of the family. Locals say they can be heard around the Villa the screams and moans of the prisoner looking for help.
5 - House of the Violin, Scogna Sottana (SP)
La Casa del Violino is difficult to find, but if you ask in the village everyone will be able to give you directions. The building is so named because it was once inhabited by a young and well-known musician, who practiced every day with great passion. Unfortunately, he died after a long and serious illness, and the house remained uninhabited for a long time. It seems, however, that his violin began to play by itself: those who entered and stayed to stay at the house even for a few days said that some nights the musician's violin, even if closed in a showcase, began to play, accompanied by disturbing screams, probably those of the ghost of the violinist who still "lived" in the house.
Anyone who has defied fear and stayed one night inside the Violin House swears to having seen the violin come out of the case in which it was placed and start playing alone.
4 - Ca 'Dario, Venice
Address: Sestiere Dorsoduro, 352
Palazzo Dario, now better known as Ca 'Dario, is a typical Venetian style building which has been under a curse for centuries: the owners of the house would be brutally killed, die suicides or perish from "strange" accidental causes.
The house, commissioned by the secretary of the Senate of the Republic of Venice, Giovanni Dario, has built this tremendous reputation over the years due to mysterious dead, almost all suicides, of its owners. There are many hypotheses formulated in an attempt to explain the curse of the house: there are those who claim that the building it was built on a Templar cemetery, who says that Ca 'Dario is influenced by the talisman aimed at warding off the negativity placed on the water door of the next building. Despite all these unconfirmed assumptions, those who have been there testify a strange sense of unease, both when you are inside the building and when you look at it.
3 - House of Souls, Voltri (GE)
Address: via dei Giovi
Legend has it that the building was one inn that offered hospitality to travelers and that for a certain period was run by a not very recommendable family, used to rob the wealthiest travelers through a secret Passage through which one of the rooms was reached. If any of the other guests had been awakened by the noises of the theft, they would have been stabbed to death or suffocated with a rope: their corpses were buried in a kind of mass grave at the rear of the inn. The family was then discovered and arrested, the members were all sentenced to death.
Some displaced people, during the Second World War, settled in the building and immediately began to record strange facts: women felt doors that opened and closed by themselves, dishes that moved from table to table by themselves, screams and terrible noises coming from the garden. The family left when a young girl started showing up at the front door on certain evenings looking for her boyfriend, who was killed in the inn.
2 - Montebello Castle, Poggio Torriana (RN)
Address: via Castello di Montebello 7
Without doubt one of the most famous places in Italy for ghost stories that surround it, the Castle of Montebello is closely linked to the events of the very young woman who lived there and who perhaps still lives there, Blue.
Born around 1370, she would have been the daughter of Ugolinuccio or Uguccione di Montebello, and would have died prematurely on 21 June 1375, on the day of the summer solstice. Since she was born albino, and as popular superstition of the time connected this condition with events of a diabolical nature, her mother decided to dye her hair which took on blue reflections like her eyes, hence the nickname of Azzurrina. The father then decided to put the child under close surveillance, entrusting her to two guards, to protect her from popular prejudice. On the day of her death, while her father was engaged in battle, Azzurrina was playing in the castle with a ball of rags during a storm: the little girl chased the ball into the icebox but, after hearing a scream, the guards who rushed would find no trace neither of the girl nor of the ball, e his body would never be found again.
It seems that instead the ghost of the girl continues to roam the castle, returning to be heard every five years, right on the summer solstice. Currently, many parapsychologists try to capture, using sound-activated audio recorders, some noises produced by the alleged ghost.
1 - Villa De Vecchi - The Red House, Cortenova (LC)
Address: via Provinciale 2
The most haunted house in Italy it is located in Valsassina, and is well known to Italian mystery lovers and urban speleologists. The building was built at the end of the 800th century because the owner, having a sick daughter, thought that the mountain environment was healthier for the young woman. One day the man came home and he found his wife mysteriously dead with a disfigured face, and the daughter likewise mysteriously disappeared.
The search went on for weeks, but to no avail and, wracked by pain, the man committed suicide. Since then the house was abandoned and the slow but inexorable decay began, a situation in which it still concerns today.
Apparently the house was home to meetings of satanists, as could be deduced from the numerous graffiti on the walls of the building, and that strong magnetic and electromagnetic fields have been detected in the surrounding area. Furthermore, when years ago there was a large landslide that completely devastated some villages in the area, the house was spared as the boulders passed to the sides without touching it.
The researchers of the Crop group, during some inspections, they heard a strange noise coming from inside, similar to that produced by someone who, while walking, crawled their feet on the wood. During the nights of the summer or winter solstice female moans are heard coming from within, or a piano sound coming from the hall, where there is still an old plan now destroyed.