Milan - The legend of the bandit of Morivione

The village of Morivione is an area located in the south of Milan, at the entrance of Via dei Fontanili and Via Verro, where there is now the intersection with Via Bazzi.

The name of Morivione is due to a legend, probably true. It seems that at the time of Luchino Visconti, the area was infested with brigands, soldiers of fortune who were once part of the Company of San Giorgio, dispersed after the battle of Parabiago, at the head of which was placed Vione Squilletti. It is said that he used a deafening whistle to attack the enemy (hence Squilletti) and that he had married a certain Esmeraldina Bossi.

On the eve of the feast of St. George, the Milanese, who were tired of the actions of bandits, went to their lord asking him to free them from these scoundrels. He granted their request and the following day he gave battle to the group of thugs that besieged the place. Vione, captured, was killed on April 24, 1339. The next day the population went to the place of the battle and offered to the winners fresh milk, eggs and cream.

In the meantime, on a wall would have been painted St. George killing the dragon, with an inscription: "Here Vione died".

Another variant of the legend, less accredited, narrates that the criminal was called Alessandro Vione and that he was an ex-soldier in the service of the Sforza family, turned into a thief and here found and stabbed to death at the foot of a wisteria by the Sforza's guards. In fact in the village there is an ancient wisteria plant.

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The black lady

The Black Lady - The spectre of Parco Sempione

Parco Sempione, the most famous and largest park in Milan, is a 15th century park located near the famous Castello Sforzesco. In this very popular place, you will find several sculptures and buildings. Ancient palaces that gave luster to the artistic and cultural history of Milan. But here it is said that there is also a disturbing presence: the Black Lady.

According to legend, it is the spectre of a mysterious lady, who would appear, especially on summer, with her face hidden by a black veil, walking alone all through the park. Who met her, tells she has a doded attitude and does not like to attract attention. It even seems that if she is somehow annoyed or disturbed, she disappears and does not show up for several days.

But some stories are much more gloomy. Other versions tell that on fog nights, when Parco Sempione is deserted, happen to smell an intense flavour of violets. A beautiful woman wrapped in a long black dress and a dark veil covering her face would approach you, handing her frosty hand. Then, she would drag you along hidden paths of the park, into an increasingly dense fog, to a misterious large mansion.

Inside this mansion the Dama would allow herself to the poor visitors and then show them the face: a skull with empty orbits, which would make them run away. Legend tells that men who have been victims of the Dame lose their minds and are leaded to madness. They would spend the rest of their lives trying to find the dark lady's mansion.
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