Hidden treasures

The ghost of Bianca di Collalto

Mysteries & Legends
castello-collalto

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.

Enjoy other captivating legends and mysteries about the Veneto region by consulting our fascinating column!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Treviso: The curious legends about the origin of Treviso Red Chicory

radicchio_CC.Mon CEil
Did you know that...

Did you know that, according to an ancient popular saying, red chicory (radicchio as it is known in Italy) seems to have been born as a...

View

Venice: Acqua Alta: when a normal phenomenon becomes tragic

Acqua-alta-a-Venezia
Did you know that...

Did you know that ‘Acqua Alta’ is an expression of Venetian dialect used by its inhabitants to describe the high tides that occur p...

View

Venice: Mars, Adam and Eve: the Doge's Palace celebrates their return

restauro-adamo-eva-ducale
Unknown places & works

After four years of delicate restoration work, the three fifteenth-century statues by the great artist Antonio Rizzo will be exceptiona...

View

Romano D' Ezzellino: Why do they say ‘If you can't sleep, count sheep’?

contare-le-pecore
Figures of speech

It all started in Romano d’Ezzelino in the province of Vicenza when Ezzelino da Romano, who suffered from insomnia, hired a storytell...

View

Top posts

Venice: The red lights of St Mark’s Basilica in memory of the poor ‘fornareto’

il_fornareto
Mysteries & Legends

If you find yourself wandering around St Mark’s Basilica in the evening, take a look at its southern façade ... you will notice two ...

View

Treviso: Why is Prosecco wine called precisely Prosecco?

colline-del-prosecco
Did you know that...

On 7 July 2019, Veneto and the whole of Italy toasted to the Prosecco Hills, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site! The World Heritage Commi...

View

Venice: The origins of the Spritz cocktail

spritz-veneziano
Local Traditions

Spritz, the typical Venetian aperitif, has nowadays become the iconic cocktail of Happy hour not only in Italy, but all over the world....

View

Belluno: The mystery of the Pietrificatore from Sospirolo

pietrificatore
Mysteries & Legends

Nestled inside the Dolomiti National Park, in the province of Belluno lies the small village of Sospirolo. A peculiar man was born here...

View