Haunted castles of Italy

Haunted castles of Italy

Italy boasts a huge number of amazing castles and these are often associated with a Middle Ages which is considered mysterious and gothic. Many Italian castles are said to have ghosts. So here are some of the haunted Italian castles.

  • Castello di Issogne. The castle was built on the right bank of the Dora Baltea, in the centre of the Alpine town of Issogne. Ghosts or not, the castle is worth a visit. The castle was home to Bianca Maria di Challant, who is said to still live in its rooms. Bianca Maria married for the first time very young, to Ermes Visconti di Somma, but lost her husband very soon after. She married again with another nobleman, Count Renato di Challant but their union was ill-fated, as well. Bianca Maria was young, pretty and liked men. But she did not want people to get to know about her being unfaithful, so she had to eliminate the main source of information about them: her lovers. Bianca Maria di Challant had many of her lovers killed, and was eventually condemned to death by beheading. She was executed in Milan, but her soul returned to Issogne, where it still lives.
  • Castello della Rotta. The medieval castle was built in an isolated area, about 10 km from the town of Moncalieri. It is surrounded by three rivers – the Po, the Stellone and the Banna – and it was very likely built for defensive and strategic purposes. Legends and paranormal experiences began to be recounted at the beginning of the 20th century. The castle was in dismay and stories about its supernatural inhabitants began circulating. However, it was not until the 1980s that the Castello della Rotta obtained the dubious award of most haunted place in Italy, after the amount of witness accounts about ghostly presences increased exponentially. Its rooms and gardens are said to be regularly roamed by a knight on his horse, an evil priest, an ecclesiastical procession, which appears only on the 14th of June, a noblewoman, a cardinal, a nanny and a man dressed in black.
  • Il Castello di Montebello. The Castle of Montebello is a beautiful building, which has been recently renovated and opened to the public. Still the property of an old Italian noble family, the Counts Guidi di Bagno, the castle is home, since 1370, to young Guendalina (or Adelina), daughter of Ugolinuccio, feudal lord of Montebello di Torrione. The legend says that Guendalina was an albino and that her parents, probably to protect her from the common medieval belief albinos were connected to the devil, used to regularly dye her hair black. Because of the nature of the dyes used and the fact albinos’ hair cannot keep pigments as easily as other types of hair, Guendalina’s locks were not black, but light blue, just like her eyes, hence the name with which she is commonly known, Azzurrina. On the Summer solstice of 1375, during a tremendous storm, Azzurrina vanished in the castle’s cellars and her body was never found. Every five years, however, she returns to her home on the day of her disappearance, crying and screaming.

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