While researching sites in Italy for my novel, “The Proof,” I came across the mysterious legend of “Azzurrina,” a child who disappeared in 1375.
Purportedly, her spirit can still be heard within the stone halls of her home, the Montebello Castle in Italy.
The child, named Guendalina Malatesta, was born an albino, an evil sign in those times. Her parents kept the sweet, playful child hidden in the castle and dyed her hair for her protection. The strange blue effect that the vegetable dye gave her hair, plus her pale blue eyes, earned her the nickname Azzurrina (little blue girl).
While her father was at war, Azzurrina played under the watchful eyes of two guards. One day, she chased her ball down the steep steps into the icy cellar below the castle. The guards heard running, a cry, and then nothing. They rushed down and found no trace of the girl. Upon her father’s return, he killed the guards for their negligence.
That would be the end of the story, except that Azzurrina has refused to disappear.
For centuries, reports of noises and sightings have filled visitors with foreboding. In both 1990 and 1995, television crews, using ultra-sensitive microphones, recorded crying and laughter within the empty, locked castle.
Though some have provided their own conclusions of the fate of Guendalina Malatesta, it remains a mystery on this side of eternity.
Where could you dig up tons of gold, lost for eighty years?
Where's the Mystery? Any guesses?
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