The ghost of Bianca di CollaltoMysteries & Legends
The ghost of Bianca di Collalto
On the night between October 31 and November 1, telling a scary ghost story is a must... We have one related to the castle of Collalto, near Pieve di Soligo, in the province of Treviso!
Before the Republic of Venice conquered the mainland in the region of Veneto, several families rivalled to seize power. In the Treviso area, two families of Lombard origin fought each other for centuries: the da Camino di Ceneda and the Counts of Collalto di Treviso. After a long time, they decided to end their rivalry and sealed the peace with a marriage, Tolberto di Collalto married Chiara da Camino.
Chiara was morbidly jealous and suspicious of her husband, so much so that he finally preferred to leave for war to avoid being at home with her. When he went to say goodbye to his wife, she was being combed by a servant, Bianca, who had grown up with the count and was almost a sister to him... Seeing the count leave, the maid started weeping, which enraged Chiara. Despite Bianca swore she never had a love affair with Tolberto, the countess had her walled up alive in a tower. Upon returning from the war, the count became aware of this and evicted his wife from the castle.
Being very fond of the family, Bianca never abandoned the Collaltos and continues to appear to the family as a ghost to announce a happy event or a great disaster. Those who claim to have seen the ghost say that Bianca usually appears dressed in white to announce happy news and with a black veil in front of her face to announce a misfortune.
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