Arezzo and its surroundings were not spared by the phenomenon of banditry, which spread as rapidly as smuggling. In these areas the figure of the bandit Gnicche remained symbolic who, for a long time, made headlines. His reputation as a cruel criminal, thief and gambler mixed with the romantic image of the rebellious gentleman, surrounded by lovers and never lacking in elegance.
Among the episodes that most characterize Gnicche's life and character are those that recall him disguising himself as a woman to sneak into parties, or the one in which, fatally injured, he congratulated the armiger who had been so accurate in his aim as to hit him.
Gnicche's fame has always been shrouded in considerable fascination: tales and sayings were born about him, and even a comic strip written by Francesco Guccini. Even today, along a dirt road that winds just outside Arezzo, one can go looking for the Torre di Gnicche (Gnicche's Tower), a small stone structure said to have been one of his many hiding places.