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The gates of mystery open wide, breaking down the barriers of the supernatural, myth and legends. The dark side of the Italian villages reveals its essence with echoes from a distant, unknown and sometimes scary past. A column for the fearless who have fur on their stomachs to sell!


The legend of Aloisa, the ghost of lovers in the village of Grazzano Visconti
The legend of Aloisa, the ghost of lovers in the village of Grazzano Visconti
An enchanted place, rebuilt like a movie set, and its ghost, protector of pure love
22/06/2019 | By Ivan Pisoni
Carloforte: a village to see live, not only on TV
Carloforte: a village to see live, not only on TV
Filming is about to begin on the third season of the Canale 5 fiction series 'L'Isola di Pietro' and, for those who have never been to this Sardinian town, it may be the right occasion: the production of the TV series is looking for extras...
10/04/2019 | By Joni Scarpolini
 San Leo and the centuries-old tradition of jesters
San Leo and the centuries-old tradition of jesters
The village of Romagna is very attached to the ancient street jugglers, so much so that they dedicate a festival of exquisite medieval taste to them
08/04/2019 | By Joni Scarpolini
Acerenza, the village of mysteries ... between the Holy Grail and Dracula's daughter
Acerenza, the village of mysteries ... between the Holy Grail and Dracula's daughter
According to legend, the Holy Grail is hidden in the cathedral of the Lucan village. And not only: here the body of Count Dracula's daughter would lie
07/04/2019 | By Redazione
Bellagio, the favorite village of the 'big' of history
Bellagio, the favorite village of the 'big' of history
Many great people from the past stayed in the 'pearl of Lake Como'. That's who they were...
03/04/2019 | By Joni Scarpolini
Bomarzo as Giza: discovering the hidden pyramid
Bomarzo as Giza: discovering the hidden pyramid
In the Park of the Monsters, near the village of Lazio, among the gigantic mythological sculptures rises an artifact with a mysterious origin ...
31/03/2019 | By Redazione
 When Asinara Island was the Italian Alcatraz
When Asinara Island was the Italian Alcatraz
Next to the Sardinian village of Stintino stands the former super prison, today a tourist destination and national park. Only one bandit managed to escape from the bars, fleeing in a rubber boat. All others served their sentence until the end. One step away from the blue sea
26/03/2019 | By Joni Scarpolini
 National day for reading promotion. We give you an advice ...
National day for reading promotion. We give you an advice ...
The printed media is giving more and more space to the web: browse through our digital magazine 'e-borghi travel' and travel among the most fascinating villages with a finger!
24/03/2019 | By Redazione
A flower on each balcony: Procida welcomes spring
A flower on each balcony: Procida welcomes spring
Also this year, the Municipality of the maritime village of Campania invites the inhabitants to embellish gates, windows and terraces with ornamental plants to celebrate the beginning of the new season
21/03/2019 | By Redazione
A little tour through the villages of Cesare Pavese
A little tour through the villages of Cesare Pavese
Santo Stefano Belbo in Piedmont and Brancaleone in Calabria
30/12/2018 | By Marino Pagano
With Sophia Loren, also Cesare Cremonini is Honorary Citizen of Maratea.
With Sophia Loren, also Cesare Cremonini is Honorary Citizen of Maratea.
The singer-songwriter Cesare Cremonini has been recently nominated as an honorary citizen by the municipality of "the pearl of the Tirreno".
27/12/2018 | By Redazione
Four steps ... in 4 fortified villages
Four steps ... in 4 fortified villages
Poker of aces of fortified villages to go to the discovery of history and curiosities. Legends intertwined with art and architecture, medieval or renaissance epics that reveal to the visitor all the uniqueness of these Italian jewels
17/12/2018 | By Luciana Francesca Rebonato
Mount Mosiné: alien base and land of dark mysteries and spiritual legends
Mount Mosiné: alien base and land of dark mysteries and spiritual legends
At the gates of the Val di Susa, a few kilometers from Turin, stands the most mysterious mountain in Italy, Mount Mosiné. The place is famous for its countless sightings of UFOs and for its ancient esoteric legends.
05/12/2018 | By Pier olpato
The lakes of Avigliana between mysteries and fantasy
The lakes of Avigliana between mysteries and fantasy
A few kilometers from Turin we find the town of Avigliana, a famous village located within the Natural Park of the lakes of Avigliana, next to the Mareschi swamp.
14/11/2018 | By Pier Volpato
10 things to do in 10 Italian villages, great classics and unexpected surprises
10 things to do in 10 Italian villages, great classics and unexpected surprises
Ten things to do and see in ten villages: a trip along the Peninsula to live as protagonists the most precious and authentic Italian places, full of curiosities and opportunities
07/11/2018 | By Luciana Francesca Rebonato
5 villages with ghosts and witches for Halloween
5 villages with ghosts and witches for Halloween
Scary villages and even movie sets, castles with ghosts, witches' sands, legends and mysterious phenomena, magic potions and poisons. For strong and... fearful emotions!
17/10/2018 | By Luciana Francesca Rebonato
That link between Martina Franca and San Gennaro
That link between Martina Franca and San Gennaro
The village of the Itria valley
24/09/2018 | By Marino Pagano
Piea and its castle, a small village between Monferrato and mysteries
Piea and its castle, a small village between Monferrato and mysteries
Among the eighty rooms of his castle goes the ghost of the White Lady.
25/09/2018 | By Luca Sartori
The legend of the Talami of Orsogna
The legend of the Talami of Orsogna
It is celebrated twice a year, at Easter and in August, and while all of Italy is preparing for fireworks, barbecues and battles with water balloons, Orsogna is ready with its legendary Talami
15/08/2018 | By Ivan Pisoni
The mysterious coral castle of Miami
The mysterious coral castle of Miami
A mysterious complex built in secret by one man, to be able to regain his beloved.
15/07/2018 | By Ivan Pisoni
Turin, magic and mysteries in black and white
Turin, magic and mysteries in black and white
Elegant, regal and mysterious. Turin is considered the most esoteric city of Italy: surrounded by mystery, it is a fascinating charade of enigmas and legends
22/07/2018 | By Luciana Francesca Rebonato
Castle of Torrechiara, the legend of love between the duchess and the condottiere
Castle of Torrechiara, the legend of love between the duchess and the condottiere
A castle, a brave hero and a lady: the ingredients are all there, for this legend intertwined with the story to be retraced on the rio delle Favole and in the manor, especially in the "Golden Chamber"
08/07/2018 | By Luciana Francesca Rebonato
The legend of Princess Gavina and the birth of the village of Gavi
The legend of Princess Gavina and the birth of the village of Gavi
A mysterious girl with a strong personality, an escape of love and a passion for a territory. An interweaving of history and legend... spread in taverns.
24/06/2018 | By Ivan Pisoni
The legend of the ghost of the beautiful White Lady of the castle of Duino
The legend of the ghost of the beautiful White Lady of the castle of Duino
A sad and touching story tells us of a noble lady, in love and faithful, of her consort, evil and jealous, and of a strange white rock
17/06/2018 | By Ivan Pisoni
The figure of Nicola Ielpo and the village of Rotondella
The figure of Nicola Ielpo and the village of Rotondella
The history of the old 500 liras? It begun in the Lucania of Rotondella.
10/06/2018 | By Marino Pagano
Candela, the delightful village of Foggia, where the roots of the actor Pierfrancesco Favino lie.
Candela, the delightful village of Foggia, where the roots of the actor Pierfrancesco Favino lie.
The hills of South Daunia, the views, the domination of the Swabians, the alleys and squares, the orecchiette, the "ciammaruche", the Mother Church, the successes of Pierfrancesco Favino, the cinema and television and then the Sanremo Festival.
19/06/2018 | By Luca Sartori
Giarratana, the village on the slopes of Monte Lauro, home of the actress Loredana Cannata
Giarratana, the village on the slopes of Monte Lauro, home of the actress Loredana Cannata
The beautiful baroque churches, the characteristic hilly setting, the alleys, the stairs, the characteristic foreshortenings, the white nougat, the onion and the beautiful actress Loredana Cannata, protagonist of many successful films
13/03/2018 | By Luca Sartori
Zocca, the small village of the Apennines of Modena that gave birth to Vasco Rossi.
Zocca, the small village of the Apennines of Modena that gave birth to Vasco Rossi.
Zocca is a land of chestnuts and good air, borlenghi and crescentine, but also music and the birthplace of the great Vasco Rossi.
06/03/2018 | By Luca Sartori
The Easter seeds of the village of Corinaldo
The Easter seeds of the village of Corinaldo
An ancient tradition that relives every year, a simple gesture linked to popular religiosity and at the same time a way to find small moments of escape from the daily frenzy
13/02/2018 | By Redazione
The legend of the love between Cristalda and Pizzomunno
The legend of the love between Cristalda and Pizzomunno
One of the most popular legends of Gargano. A pure and unstoppable love, contrasted by some wicked sirens, which will be the protagonist of the song that Max Gazzè will present to the 68th Sanremo Music Festival.
04/02/2018 | By Redazione
The legend of the ghost of Azzurrina of the castle of Montebello
The legend of the ghost of Azzurrina of the castle of Montebello
The mysterious disappearance of a "different" girl who became legend with the passing of the centuries
21/01/2018 | By Ivan Pisoni
The legends of the Lady in Black and the Lady of the Pink Bridge of Garessio
The legends of the Lady in Black and the Lady of the Pink Bridge of Garessio
A mysterious painting, a medieval trap and two ghosts of fascinating ladies
07/01/2018 | By Redazione
The legend of King Ombro and his beautiful daughter Ombretta, of Sottoguda
The legend of King Ombro and his beautiful daughter Ombretta, of Sottoguda
A magical bronze portal, a fairytale and inaccessible kingdom, a beautiful princess and the wickedness of her stepmother
31/12/2017 | By Redazione
The legend of the Virgin Ardenza and the bells of Viggianello
The legend of the Virgin Ardenza and the bells of Viggianello
One day a year, the tolling of the village bells come alive with magic, joy, tears and agony ...for those who can hear them
17/12/2017 | By Redazione
The Pozzo del Diavolo and the legendary formation of Lake  Vico near Caprarola.
The Pozzo del Diavolo and the legendary formation of Lake Vico near Caprarola.
One of the highest, and best preserved, volcanic lakes in Italy owes its origin to the mythical Ercole
10/12/2017 | By Redazione
The legend and the parades of the fearsome Krampus
The legend and the parades of the fearsome Krampus
While St. Nicholas brings gifts to good children, the fearsome Krampus incite fear with bells and screams among the towns and villages of South Tyrol.
07/12/2017 | By Redazione
The spectacular Ndocciata of the village of Agnone
The spectacular Ndocciata of the village of Agnone
One of the oldest ritual of fire in the world that this year will attract thousands of visitors in the village of Molise, December 8 and 24
05/12/2017 | By Redazione
The mysterious galleries and the treasures of the village of Certaldo
The mysterious galleries and the treasures of the village of Certaldo
A series of tunnels under the medieval village, a possible inestimable treasure and a hill that could be a pyramid
03/12/2017 | By Redazione
The mythological God Giano at the origins of the village of Cassano delle Murge
The mythological God Giano at the origins of the village of Cassano delle Murge
The two-faced Latin deity seems to have been at the base of the Apulian village ... and not only that
26/11/2017 | By Redazione
The village of Castel Gandolfo grants honorary citizenship to Elettra Marconi
The village of Castel Gandolfo grants honorary citizenship to Elettra Marconi
The daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, known inventor of the wireless telegraph, greets with enthusiasm the news of the city council of the city of the popes
23/11/2017 | By Redazione
The legend of the Rocca of the Seven Brothers in the Langhe
The legend of the Rocca of the Seven Brothers in the Langhe
The story of a chasm born after a divine punishment
19/11/2017 | By Redazione
From Sicily to Piedmont by foot, in the company of a mule
From Sicily to Piedmont by foot, in the company of a mule
It is called "Don't be a donkey" the project by Nicola Winkler who sees him protagonist of a long and fascinating adventure
16/11/2017 | By Redazione
Susan Sarandon in Coreglia Antelminelli? The Stars of Hollywood and the villages of their ancestors
Susan Sarandon in Coreglia Antelminelli? The Stars of Hollywood and the villages of their ancestors
Susan Sarandon in Coreglia Antelminelli? For her grandparents, of course...
13/11/2017 | By Redazione
The Legend of the unfaithful beauty from Carloforte
The Legend of the unfaithful beauty from Carloforte
A story of beauty, betrayal and a ruthless invasion
12/11/2017 | By Redazione
The witches of Volterra and other mysteries
The witches of Volterra and other mysteries
Greek deities, witches, bizarre street names and "blasphemies". A journey through the legends and the mysteries of one of the oldest Italian village
05/11/2017 | By Redazione
For all the witches of the village of Triora
For all the witches of the village of Triora
A story of witches and magic that impregnates the territory of one of the most beautiful villages in Italy from prehistory to today
29/10/2017 | By Ivan Pisoni
Venosa, The unfinished church of the Blessed Trinity complex still fascinates
Venosa, The unfinished church of the Blessed Trinity complex still fascinates
There are places that can fly the imagination and generate myths. It is the case of the unfinished church of the Santissima Trinità complex in Venosa, Basilicata.
25/10/2017 | By Redazione
Nordic walking, what a passion! All the secrets of the sporty practice of the great walkers
Nordic walking, what a passion! All the secrets of the sporty practice of the great walkers
More and more often we hear about nordic walking: a practice that combines the relaxing and regenerating act of walking with the continuous and low intensity training of the upper limbs and hips.
23/10/2017 | By Redazione
Trip to Diamond, the land of the murals
Trip to Diamond, the land of the murals
The Calabrian village of Diamante houses over 150 murals with a single element in common: they create happiness
19/10/2017 | By
Offida craftsmanship:  the renowned Tombolo Lace
Offida craftsmanship: the renowned Tombolo Lace
The 'tombolo lace' from Offida is increasingly appreciated and known. We discover this excellence of our craftsmanship closely.
19/10/2017 | By Redazione
Unesco Sites in Campania: 6 Wonders to discover
Unesco Sites in Campania: 6 Wonders to discover
There are 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Campania, so let's not run away.
17/10/2017 | By Redazione
Venzone's Golden Pumpkin: The story of a mock turned into recurrence
Venzone's Golden Pumpkin: The story of a mock turned into recurrence
Every year at the end of October Venzone village celebrates the pumpkin feast. The reasons for this holiday are many, not all of which are due to the passion for this wonderful vegetable.
16/10/2017 | By Redazione
The mysteries of Lake Aiso near Bevagna (PG)
The mysteries of Lake Aiso near Bevagna (PG)
A greedy man, an abyssed farm, a child with a dark future, the revenge of the saints and strange fishes... do we need other mysteries?
01/10/2017 | By Ivan Pisoni
The legend of the rock of the hermit of Polignano a Mare
The legend of the rock of the hermit of Polignano a Mare
A story of which little is known. Among sea, loneliness, contemplation and... gulls.
16/09/2017 | By Ivan Pisoni
Cagliostro: the history of a temerarious adventurer imprisoned in San Leo’s fortress
Cagliostro: the history of a temerarious adventurer imprisoned in San Leo’s fortress
Many names and few concerns. The protagonist of this story will catch your attention from the beginning to the end, and, thanks to his adventures, we will discover the past of the majestic fortress in San Leo.
16/09/2017 | By Erika Anthea Stoppini
Big day in Asolo for Wyatt Rockefeller e Julie Fabrizio
Big day in Asolo for Wyatt Rockefeller e Julie Fabrizio
Wyatt Rockefeller, descendant of the american bankers family and Julie Fabrizio, Italian origin, have chosen Asolo, Italy, to celebrate their wedding
16/09/2017 | By Redazione
The island of silence and the legend of the dragon of Lake Orta
The island of silence and the legend of the dragon of Lake Orta
The small island of Lake Orta tells us of its holy saint, of silent, and of meditation
10/09/2017 | By Redazione
The legend of Montagnana's red coats
The legend of Montagnana's red coats
A simple and brilliant stratagem that allowed the village to remain in Padova's domain
03/09/2017 | By Redazione
The legend of the rolling stones of love of the giants in Badolato
The legend of the rolling stones of love of the giants in Badolato
A mythological landscape still tells us of tribes of giants and their competition of the stones of love
27/08/2017 | By Ivan Pisoni
Saint George: the knight saint of Vigoleno’s church
Saint George: the knight saint of Vigoleno’s church
In this article we discover together the story of Vigoleno, a beautiful Emilian village, and Saint George, its patron saint.
20/08/2017 | By Redazione
Castles of Cannero: floating fortresses for petrified pirates and ghostly sailors
Castles of Cannero: floating fortresses for petrified pirates and ghostly sailors
The Mazzarditi brothers, the scary brigands who with their crimes were able to dominate the whole area of Lake Maggiore
13/08/2017 | By Redazione
Barbara and Maria: the two ghosts of Sanvitale fortress in Fontanellato
Barbara and Maria: the two ghosts of Sanvitale fortress in Fontanellato
Here is the story of a wonderful castle surrounded by a ditch of water, rich in architectural decorations and inhabited by the spirits of two women.
10/08/2017 | By Redazione
Glurns, the legend of the village that opened a court case against the mice
Glurns, the legend of the village that opened a court case against the mice
The story of the sentence that sent to exile the mice from the village, until proven otherwise.
06/08/2017 | By Redazione
The church of Santa Maria dell'Olmo in Castelmezzano: place of Templars, patron saints and ancient rituals immersed in a sacred rocky Graal
The church of Santa Maria dell'Olmo in Castelmezzano: place of Templars, patron saints and ancient rituals immersed in a sacred rocky Graal
In this article, you will discover all the legends and traditions linked to the church of Santa Maria dell'Olmo in Castelmezzano, place of ancient sacred and pagan rituals.
26/07/2017 | By Redazione
The story of a locomotive in a village without railway nor a railway station
The story of a locomotive in a village without railway nor a railway station
In the center of Ferrovieri d'Italia's square in the village of Bova, Calabria, we find a locomotive of sixty tons but in the village does not pass the railway and there is no station.
30/07/2017 | By Redazione
The Rock of the Elephant in Castelsardo and its ‘domus da janas’
The Rock of the Elephant in Castelsardo and its ‘domus da janas’
In the village of Castelsardo there is a unique cave, whose elephant shape hides ancient sepulchres and mysteries. Find out which ones in this article.
23/07/2017 | By Redazione
Italian villages in the movies, when cinema is shot in the villages - Episode 2
Italian villages in the movies, when cinema is shot in the villages - Episode 2
Let us rejoice, lovers of the villages and movie lovers, wanting to know which Italian hamlets are protagonists on the big screen. Here is the second episode.
22/07/2017 | By Redazione
A 28 millimeters story of a village
A 28 millimeters story of a village
In this article, Francesco Saggese will tell you how a small village can try not to die, through the tales of those who know how to grasp the beauty of these places that seem to be forgotten and give them value through their own passion.
18/07/2017 | By Francesco A.P. Saggese
The Sibillini Mountains, an enchanted place in the Marche among magical caves, fairies and unicorns
The Sibillini Mountains, an enchanted place in the Marche among magical caves, fairies and unicorns
In this article we will discover together the famous Umbrian-marchigian mountains and will go through all the stories and legends of the place, from the Sibilla Grotto to the recent news of the Unicorn of the Sibillini Mountains
16/07/2017 | By Redazione
The fools of the legends of the Billellera fountain in Sorso, Sardinia
The fools of the legends of the Billellera fountain in Sorso, Sardinia
The crazy story of a population who tried to move a fountain by force
09/07/2017 | By Redazione
Discovering the origins of Boccadasse: a village, many legends
Discovering the origins of Boccadasse: a village, many legends
We discover together the origin of the name of the hamlet of Boccadasse, one of the most photographed corners of the city of Genoa, which, with the colorful houses, the beaches and the fishing boats, retains all the fascination of the past ages and continues to enchant its visitors
06/07/2017 | By Redazione
The Legend of Captain Zeti at Monteriggioni
The Legend of Captain Zeti at Monteriggioni
In 1554 the unrivaled city of Monteriggioni was finally conquered by the Florentine army. This attempt, however, was only possible after the betrayal of Captain Zeti, whose soul still lies in the village ...
04/07/2017 | By Redazione
The ghost of the marquis Carlo Francesco Agostino of Fosdinovo
The ghost of the marquis Carlo Francesco Agostino of Fosdinovo
The Malaspina Castle of Fosdinovo, known as the residence of the dynasty that for centuries dominated the territory of Lunigiana, is actually a place of legends and mysteries
02/07/2017 | By Redazione
Sorso, Sardinia: abandoned bride, but she doesn’t give up.
Sorso, Sardinia: abandoned bride, but she doesn’t give up.
The unpredictable end of a non-wedding day. In the small village of Sorso, Sardinia, an abandoned bride decided not to waste a celebration day.. and a refreshment, still waiting for them.
27/06/2017 | By Redazione
The ghost of the beautiful and terrible Matelda at Poppi Castle
The ghost of the beautiful and terrible Matelda at Poppi Castle
The most beautiful woman in the Casentino who has caused dozens of victims in the whole Arezzo area with its charm.
25/06/2017 | By Redazione
The legend of Maria la Bella and the Castle of Brolo
The legend of Maria la Bella and the Castle of Brolo
Today we will unveil the legend that lurks around the rock of tears of Brolo Castle, in which the protagonists of are the beautiful princess Maria and her beloved.
22/06/2017 | By Redazione
The villages and legends hidden under the lake of Brugneto
The villages and legends hidden under the lake of Brugneto
The artificial basin of Brugneto is the largest lake in Liguria, and, besides the providing the water needs of the city, it hides mysterious stories of villages and legends
18/06/2017 | By Redazione
Why is Fiumalbo so called?
Why is Fiumalbo so called?
Discovering the origin of the name Fiumalbo, one of the most beautiful Italian hamlets in the Modena hinterland, deriving from the union of Latin and local dialect.
15/06/2017 | By Redazione
Curiosities about the legend of St. Nicholas that gave birth to a Palio in the village of Sirolo
Curiosities about the legend of St. Nicholas that gave birth to a Palio in the village of Sirolo
How the interpretation of a word can change legends through the centuries
11/06/2017 | By Redazione
Prepotischis, the tiny village inhabited by only four people
Prepotischis, the tiny village inhabited by only four people
This tiny village is populated by only four people and all single men
07/06/2017 | By Redazione
The curious story that became a popular poem of a priest who excommunicated an entire Sardinian town
The curious story that became a popular poem of a priest who excommunicated an entire Sardinian town
'Sa decompresses Predi Antiogu, de Masuddas' the satirical poem that made Masullas village, Sardinia, famous all over the world
04/06/2017 | By Redazione
The legends of the submerged village of Lake Delio
The legends of the submerged village of Lake Delio
In the province of Varese, near the towns of Maccagno with Pino and Veddasca, there is a lake that overlooks Lake Maggiore.
28/05/2017 | By Redazione
The legend of the Rosì of the village of Gromo
The legend of the Rosì of the village of Gromo
A story still handed down to the children of the Bergamasque village that tells of a brigand from the past.
14/05/2017 | By Redazione
Barolism. Harvest time in the land of Barolo.
Barolism. Harvest time in the land of Barolo.
Six producers of the famous wine tell the story of the Barolo during the harvest period. Barolism is our tribute to a wine and territory that is unique the world over.
29/04/2017 | By Redazione
Italian villages in movies, when cinema is set inside the villages – Episode 1
Italian villages in movies, when cinema is set inside the villages – Episode 1
Italian villages are natural sceneries for arthouse masterpieces. From north to south, here are some location used for famous movies or by great directors, from Borghetto to Sabbioneta, from Savoca to Tremosine and even more.
08/04/2017 | By Redazione
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