Inside, the castle is dark, with rooms painted a bright red. Legend says that inside its walls many enemies of the local lord were buried alive. In the Hall of the Archives, in a glass case, lies the mysterious little body of a child, Marquis Francesco Longhi, who died at the tender age of 5 years old and was embalmed using an obscure mummification method. His birth, the seventh child of the Marquis after six daughters, filled with joy the hearts of the parents, but his sisters with hatred: he would inherit all family assets, forcing the sisters to arranged weddings or to take vows. They hatched a terrible plan: every day they added to the meals of their little brother tiny pieces of glass, which soon led him to death. The mother, torn by grief, ordered that he be embalmed by wax, so that his memory would not fall into oblivion.
It seems that both the soul of the child and the mother never abandoned the Castle; it often happens that small objects are hidden or moved by the spirit of the young playful Marquis. And on certain nights moans and cries can be heard from the harrowing spirit of the mother, Marchioness Emilia Caietani, who no longer found peace and at night comes looking for her beloved son. And the lady's laments are accompanied by the distressing screams of the souls of the prisoners that died in the dungeons of the castle, who cannot find even eternal rest after their troubled earthly life.
But the Castle of Fumone is notorious for another terrible historical event; in fact, it was the harsh prison of Pope Celestine V, who in 1295 gave up his tiara, with a wish to retire to an ascetic life. His successor, Pope Boniface VIII, decided to arrest him since he could not afford to have a Pope, alive and well, around: a thousand armed men led the poor monk, riding a donkey, to the prison of Fumone where he remained until his death in a cramped, cold cell. The story goes that on the day of his death an extraordinary prodigy appeared: a shining cros hung in the air above the door of his cell, until the former Pope died.
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