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The witches of Volterra

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The witches of Volterra

Every ancient village owns a more or less wide range of mysteries and legends, and Volterra is no exception. Indeed, nestled among the stones of its ancient lanes there are lots of thrilling stories that mix magic and superstition. If you are thinking of Twilight’s vultures I’m warning you, you’re off track... That story is so well known that it’s no fun to tell it again.

Few people know that it was in Volterra that the first true witch in history seems to have lived. Her name was Aradia, she was the daughter of the Goddess Diana and she was born on August 13th 1313. She had been sent to planet Earth to teach witchcraft to humans and help them to overcome a difficult period of war and famine. What happened to her? She was sentenced to death by the Catholic Church, but legend has it that on the day of execution her cell was found empty.

But this is not the only mysterious story concerning Volterra. There is also the one regarding Rock of Mandringa... believe me, this will really give you the shivers! Find courage and listen up! So... Along the road that leads to the village, a couple of curves before reaching the destination there is a huge rock under which a spring of pure water still flows today. During the day, the place was frequented by women and children. The former washed clothes and collected water, while the children played happily around. But on that Saturday night, that same place was filled with much more sinister and scary sounds... It seems, in fact, that at the stroke of midnight, the witches would gather here to celebrate their Sabbath dancing and the Prince of Evil. Moreover, this place also saw magical and malefic rituals and witchcraft of every kind be practiced. There are those who swear that on Saturday nights they still hear their screams, strange whispers and inexplicable scents of sulphur ... do not you believe this story? Then why don’t you go in person if you dare!

If the thrill of spooky things is in your DNA and you are passionate about mysterious stories, we recommend you try our 'Scary Florence tour: private tour of ghosts and legends': we are sure you will find it simply fantastic.

In case you opt for a more peaceful visit to the picturesque village of Volterra, our 'Excursion to Volterra and San Gimignano' is the option for you... you’re truly spoilt for choice!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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