If you really want to push your courage to its limit this Halloween, then why not spend the spookiest night of the year in a real haunted castle?
Legend says that the Castello dal Pozzo on the shores of Italy’s Lake Maggiore is haunted by the ghost of Barbara, the daughter of the dal Pozzo lord who ruled from the castle in the 1400s. When Barbara decided to elope with a man who wasn’t her betrothed, her father locked her up in one of the castle’s towers - and there Barbara died, before coming back to the tower and haunting it as a ghost to this day.
Now, two of the rooms in Barbara's tower are on Airbnb and ready to be booked for the night of Halloween - if you’re brave enough to decide to spend the night in one of them, you’ll also get to dine with the current owners of the castle, the dal Pozzo d’Annone marquises, and their guests, as well as attend a masked ball before retreating to the tower where Barbara’s ghost might still be waiting. “There are people who claim that even today they see a shadow stop at the tower’s window to look out at the lake,” said the marquises, so everything is possible.
Both rooms, the “Antonietta” and the “Vittoria Teresa”, can host two guests each, and they start at €50 per night. You can book them here, and if you’d like to stay at the Castello dal Pozzo without the Halloween scares they’ll be available once again come Spring 2020.