A frighteningly good time on my travels around Italy

Piazza del Campo, Siena
Piazza del Campo, Siena

Following on from Halloween, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the most haunted places in Italy.

I will begin by reminding you about my own personal experiences whilst staying at an 11th century tower near Sovicille, Tuscany.

Not only did I experience the creepy thing of a candle being thrown inexplicably from the kitchen table on a windless night, whilst completely alone,

I also heard bangings and strange noises in the middle of the night and found my clothes covered in Henna Wax for no good reason!

A well-groomed ghost no doubt and needless to say I didn’t stay too long.

Another haunted place, was an alley not far from Piazza del Campo, Siena, where whispering voices can be heard at night..

To my horror I actually experienced this whilst staying nearby. Talk about sleepless night. What a fright!

Far from finding Italy to be always sunny and light, there is a certain creepy ambience to be felt in many of its ancient buildings.

Given that there is so much history here, it is hardly surprising that there are a few ghosts lurking around.

So, how about a visit to ‘Castello di Montebello’, Torriana, near Rimini which is haunted by a little girl, ‘Azzurrina’?

She apparently had blue hair as her mother had dyed the child’s locks which had turned a strange blue tone.

The child had fallen downstairs and the small child spirit can be heard crying there sometimes.

Or there’s ‘The Botanical Garden’ of Lucca, where beautiful Lucida Mansi’s spirit can be seen crossing the garden in a fiery cart by night

In the ‘Castello Aragonese’, Pizzo Calabro, it’s said that King Gioachino Murat roams the place seeking revenge, as he was shot to death after Napoleon’s defeat there.

Just as horrible, there’s ‘Evil Tower’, Castello di Poppi, Tuscany, where the ghost of Matelda haunts the place, after being buried alive there.

And, then the Casa delle Anime’ near Genoa, which had once belonged to a family with mental disorders.

Apparently anyone who stayed there would be killed and thrown into a hole. To this day, the place is reputedly haunted.

Very creepy!