Apart from haunted castles and horror stories Italy also has haunted houses most of which are uninhabited and abandoned. Here is a list of some of the most famous haunted houses in Italy.
- Villa Pastore. The once breathtaking mansion was built for the noble family of the Pastores in the 1830s, in a neo-medieval style with beautiful interiors, enriched by amazingly detailed mosaic floors. Villa Pastore was still used as a rental property until the 1950s. There was a tragic death of two children, Elisa and Giovanni Pastore, daughter and son of Villa Pastore’s owners. Elisa died of tuberculosis in 1873, at the age of 2, her brother Giovanni 10 years later, at 13, when part of the ceiling collapsed on him while he played the piano. Overwhelmed by the pain and sorrow of such losses, the Pastores decided to move into another residence. In the 1980s when the house’s new owners decided to renovate it and bring it back to its old grandeur. Apparently, though, death struck mysteriously again, when two workmen lost their lives while overviewing the extent of structural damages on the building. Even if this latter occurrence is said to be only a legend, it added allure to the already established reputation of Villa Pastore as a haunted house.
- Villa de Vecchi. Villa de Vecchi, also known as ‘la villa rossa’ because of the color of its exterior, is by many considered the ‘most haunted house’ in the country. It was built between 1854 and 1857 for Count Felice de Vecchi, a known historical figure of Lombardy. The count chose this secluded area of the Valsassina for his holiday home. There is quite a number of legends about the house. The first tells a homicide-suicide took place within its walls. Another mentions the death of an illegitimate daughter of the count, whose body was never found. There are rumors of satanic rituals were held at Villa de Vecchi, but there is no evidence showing any murder or even natural death took place here at all. Today, Villa de Vecchi is abandoned and neglected.
- La Casa delle Anime. The house built in the 18th century was owned by a family who turned it. More demons than caring hosts, the lovely bunch sent the wealthier among their clients to a room at the back of the building. In truth, the room had a moveable ceiling, which was released during the night, crushing the unaware guests to death. Corpses were then thrown into a communal grave dug at the back of the house itself. The police eventually caught up with the criminals, who were arrested. Because of these events, the building remained empty until the Second World War, when a desperate family took refuge there and were the first to witness and report paranormal activity in the house. From objects moving on their own, to screams and wails coming from the murder room, the family saw it all. Today, a family lives in la casa delle anime (the house of souls), but only in its front rooms, which were never part of the murder inn.