In Brolio, in Gaiole in Chianti, there is a castle that has belonged to the Ricasoli family since 1141. Bettino Ricasoli, who lived in the 19th century, was known as the “Iron Baron” due to his strictness with his subjects. He dominated this land until 1880, when he died of a heart attack in his castle.
The Baron’s body was not buried immediately, but kept near the altar of the crypt in the family chapel. During that time, rumours began to circulate about strange apparitions around the castle. The rumours quickly became true stories, spreading all over Chianti. Disturbing facts were already occurring at the time of his funeral: the wind began to blow and the windows opened and closed violently as if moved by an invisible hand. Moreover, a swarm of moths invaded the chapel, forcing many of the mourners to flee.
As if that was not enough, the coffin was so heavy that it felt like it was full of stones and no one was able to lift it up. The priest arrived and said a few words in Latin and, to everyone's amazement, the coffin suddenly became light. It's said that the damned souls were confined in a safe place and the coffin of the baron was then buried in a ravine. It seemed the right place for the eternal repose of the baron, but from that moment an endless series of apparitions began.