The Malaspina Castle of Fosdinovo, in north Tuscany has been the setting of many legends. The most famous of these is about the young Bianca Maria Aloisia, daughter of Jacopo Malaspina and Oliva Grimaldi.
According to legend, the young Bianca was hopelessly in love with the horse groomer. This love, totally inappropriate for her societal standing, horrified the noble parents who locked Bianca Maria in the secret rooms of the castle in a vain attempt to make her desist. The father then informed her that she had been betrothed to a nearby knight, but the stubborn girl objected to the marriage.
This rebellion forced her parents to make a tough decision: they locked the young girl in a convent, but she refused to take vows. Fearing a scandal that would forever dishonor their family, the cruel parents killed the young lover and ordered Bianca back to the castle, where she was buried alive with a wild boar and a dog, symbols of rebellion against her family and loyalty to her lover.
To confirm the authenticity of the story, recent excavations were carried out and the remains of bones, probably belonging to a girl and two animals, were discovered in the castle. It is said that when there’s a full moon out, the spirit of Bianca Maria Aloisia Malaspina still wanders around the castle with a boar and a dog.