by Andrea, 22/01/2015

The story of the Piediluco castle ghosts

«Blasco Fernando di Belviso of Spanish origins, cousin of Cardinal Egidio d’Albornoz and rector of the Duchy of Spoleto, purchased Piediluco castle and Lake Velino in 1364 from the heirs of Francesco and Roberto Brancaleoni, Luco counts. He died tragically, killed by the nobles of the castle of Labro at the end of a political and family feud which lasted almost a century. Blasco built the fortress which clearly expressed the Albornox political plan because of its typology and position, “surveying” the village from on high. He reorganised the administration of the castle based upon the Costituzioni Egidiane (Church State Laws) drawing up from scratch or renewing the castle statutes. These articles of the new ruling were the cause of a revolt by the villagers and led to the death of Blasco and his son Garçia in 1368 and their bodies were thrown into the lake. Blasco was buried by his wife Donna Sancia, together with their son Garçia in the chapel of Saint Anthony Abate in the lower basilica at Assisi, next to that of Saint Catherin, where the body of the same cardinal had rested since 1367. The Pope sent an army commanded by Ugolino da Corbara (1325 – 1388) count of Montemarte, against Piediluco to repress the revolt and punish the culprits. At the end of October 1369, after having taken over command of the fortress, Ugolino of Montemarte sacked the village and forced the women and children to come out and burnt them alive. All those who had something to do with the murder of Blasco and his son were strung up on the spot while others were put to a “bitter death” in different places of the State. Only a few were saved from the terrible suppression which, according to contemporary chroniclers, was defined as revenge. The legend has it that two ghosts returned from the lake where they had been thrown and still wander about the castle to curse the inhabitants of Piediluco and carry out their undying revenge of the punishments inflicted in that period by the Pope».


Piediluco Lake – Terni – Umbria – Italy