Are you brave enough to visit these spooky locations in Italy on Halloween?
Have you ever felt scared while in Italy?
There are places in Italy that will really send shivers down your spine and turn your hair white with fright.
Halloween is upon us, so here are some spooky Italian locations to scare you! Visit them if you dare!
- The Island of Death
Have you every heard of Poveglia Island? It lies in the Venice’s Lagoon? It is almost impossible to find a boat operator who will take a curious tourist there. Guide books describe the island as “not visitable”.
In the area, where property costs an arm and a leg, Poveglia remains uninhabited, with only a few old buildings rotting slowly away and ghost stories aplenty. A forbidding place, if ever there was one, and here is why:
In the 15th – 16th centuries, when Europe was ravaged by plague, travellers arriving in Venice were placed in quarantine on the island.
During epidemics the sick were shipped to die on Poveglia and their bodies were burnt in mass graves. Some say that as many as 160,000 people were buried there! Most of the graves remain untouched by archaeologists.
Although in 1922 an asylum for the insane was built on Poveglia, nowadays nobody seems to want to build on the island despite its spectacular views of the lagoon. I wonder why?
Sounds like an ideal spot for a Halloween party!
- The ghost of love
Bardi Castle (Castello di Bardi) near Parma is supposedly one of the most haunted castles in Italy.
The legend goes that in the 14th century a young officer called Moroello fell in love with Soleste, a beauty from a local noble family. The couple couldn’t display their love in public as Moroello was not of high enough standing and Soleste’s family would never have given the couple permission to marry.
When the young officer left for a battle, the fair Soleste awaited his return on the walls of the castle.
One day, after more than a month of waiting, Soleste saw a group of soldiers approaching the castle. They carried the enemy’s flags. Thinking that her lover had been killed, Soleste jumped off the high castle wall to her death.
However the men were Moroello’s triumphant soldiers who were showing off the insignia of the army they had just defeated. When the Moroello found out what happened to the love of his life, he decided to join her and promptly threw himself off one of the castle’s towers.
To this day the ghost of Moroello wanders the castle grounds trying to find Soleste.