An original section to reveal legends, mysteries, anecdotes and Tuscany curiosities

The exuberant spirit and strong attachment to their land
that have always characterized the Tuscans - it seems that the term 'parochialism' was born here - have spawned hundreds of legends, anecdotes, folk beliefs and mysteries.

In this section, curated by a true insider and constantly updated, you can discover many curiosities of Tuscany and get to know the hidden treasures of Tuscany!

Do you want to know about illustrious and famous people from Tuscany? Or are you curious to discover the most famous (but even the less known) Tuscan anecdotes and legends? Then you are in the right place! Toscanainside will reveal the myths, legends, anecdotes and curiosities of Tuscany: based on historical facts, these brief descriptive texts will take you on a fun journey through the history, folklore and mysteries of a hidden Tuscany!

Anecdotes and Tuscan Curiosities is the fortnightly publication of toscanainside.com dedicated to those who want to learn about places, oddities, legends and whimsical Tuscan characters who, for some reason, have become part of the history of this land. Do you find the history and culture of Tuscany interesting? Our legends, mysterious places and Tuscan historical curiosities will be the same! Embrace this exciting reading... we're sure you will want to visit first-hand the places mentioned and the villages where the most famous Tuscan historical characters lived!

If you want to be kept informed about new anecdotes of Tuscany (curiosities about Tuscany, but also photos, tours and current events), visit the Facebook page of toscanainside and click 'Like' and start interacting with us: let us know what your curiosities linked to the Tuscan territory are and we will do everything to satisfy them!



The 'Badalischio' of the Gorga Nera: Casentino’s Loch Ness

Do you like legends like the one of the terrible Loch Ness monster? If you don’t, stop reading! If instead you love 'X-files' stories, here you will find grist for your mill. You might not know that Tuscany also has its monster of the lake, just like Loch Ness! It’s more like a small lake, but let’s not be too picky! We’d like to tell you the story of a scary creature called Badalischio. The name isn’t as scary as it is funny. What is it about? Let's go step by step, beginning by locating everything geographically. We are in Casentino, a few kilometers from Passo della Calla, precisely in the small lake of Gorga Nera. Legend has it that due to some landslides that affected the small pond, a terrible creature was released inside. It had the body of a snake and the head of a... there are various versions on its head. In some it is described with a bird's head and with wings like those of a dragon. In most cases, however, the strange being would wear a crown on its head which dropped to the eyes. But what is most scary about this incredible creature are its magical powers: apparently, with its eyes it is able to paralyze the prey while its poisonous breath makes all plants shrivel. I know what you’re wondering. Has anyone ever seen it? Some of the elders in the area have had some contact with this terrible creature, but fortunately they all survived! There are also those who say that it bears a precious stone on its forehead, a gigantic diamond. Does this seem like a good reason to go looking for it? Or does it seem too demanding? After all, we know full well that no one wants too much to do on holiday. So, still on this 'noir' subject, but a bit more comfort and less risk, we’d like to give you a valuable suggestion: book 'Scary Florence', our private tour on mysteries, legends and noir stories. The chills and the suspense are guaranteed, but with less effort!

Latest posts

Florence: The Toscano cigar is 200 years old... but it does not look that old at all!

Did you know that...

The Toscano cigar is one of the many extraordinary things of this wonderful region. A pleasure for true connoisseurs, an ambassador of ...


Tuscany: Curzio Malaparte's Maledetti Toscani

Big Names

These Tuscans! ‘Maledetti Toscani’, as Italians would say. Why, what have they done? It’s actually the title of a book that illus...


Florence: Fabio Picchi: from Florence to Japan in a dish!

Big Names

There are people in Florence who are a real institution. The histrionic Fabio Picchi is just one of these. You will have seen him on te...


Siena: Mulino Bianco really exists and is in Tuscany!

Unknown places & works

Raise your hand, or rather, click on your mouse if you have never eaten baiocchi, macine or tegolini biscuits! As I imagined, there are...


Top posts

Arezzo: Guido d'Arezzo and the invention of the music

Big Names

In Talla and surroundings people have no doubt: the inventor of the musical stave, the inventor of the music notes and also of the mode...


Pistoia: The Kiss of the Christs in Gavinana

Local Traditions

It is a very ancient but still popular rite. Two large processions that meet up with a Christ on the cross in front of each one: the he...


Siena: Piero Carbonetti and his tin drum

Local Traditions

Subversive, persecuted, anarchist, homeless, dreamer: it is really difficult to define Piero Carbonetti, Tuscan bred and born and Garib...


Pisa: Kinzika, the young woman who saved Pisa from the Saracens

Local Traditions

It was really her, a young woman with an Arabian name, Kinzica, of the noble Sismondi family, to save Pisa from being sacked by Saracen...