Halloween Special: The Ghost of Bardi Castle

In this special Halloween episode we explore the castle of Bardi in the Apennines of Parma. The ghost is supposedly that of Moroello, the captain of the castle garrison who is said to have died along with his beloved Soleste in the late 15th century.

We also take some time to explore the history of the castle and finally propose our own A History of Italy style alternative ending.

Here is the link to some of the photos taken in 1995:

The link to the video:

Link to the Instagram page of Domenico Barletta, author of “Soleste e Moroello”:

https://www.instagram.com/domenico_barletta.nico75/?utm_medium=copy_link

Link to music:

123 – The Tuscan scene and Florence rising (1302 – 1327)

We take a very quick look back at the region of Tuscany and bring it up to 1302 when we last visited in the time of Dante to see how Florence gradually became the predominant force in the area. We see how things went with the Guelphs and Ghibellines inside and outside the region with all the “international” players while all the while the corporations make their way into the halls of power.

122 – Braccio da Montone’s last stand (1417 – 1424)

After following the impressive, almost invincible rise of warlord Braccio da Montone, we see the final chapter of his story: will he rise to even greater glory and perhaps cut out a kingdom in central Italy for himself or will it all come crashing down? Will the newly elected Pope Martin the fifth manage to set up a coalition strong enough to beat this great soldier?

121 Braccio da Montone, Lord of Perugia (1407 – 1417)

In this second part three professional soldier and adventurer Braccio da Montone we see how he founded his own company which gained great success, earning a reputation for being invincible. We see how he fought in central Italy and got involved with the kingdom of Naples and some schism papal politics all the while keeping his eye on his greatest desire: the city of Perugia.