The legend I want to tell you today is set in the Indritti hamlet in Prali, in Germanasca valley.
Somebody of you already heard something about this place? Yes, effectively here took place another story full of magical and mysterious fact that I told you some time ago. And this story is plenty of witchcraft too…
Giacomo, a young man from Indiritti, used to pass every Saturday night in front of the house inhabited by his neighbour, who was considered the prettiest girl of the hamlet. This young lady had a weakness for him, but he didn’t seem to repay her attentions. The heart of Giacomo was all dedicated to another girl who lived far from the hamlet, and he was precisely going to meet her everytime he, whistling, exceeded superciliously the house of his neighbour.
The beautiful and jealous neighbour coudn’t endure the fact that he totally ignored her to go to pursue another girl who, in her opinion, was totally dull. Every time she saw him appear at the bottom of the road, she wished he could stop at her door, but no way! Oh, how many cries with rage!
A day, she resolved to entrust her love problems to her mother, who told her «Don’t worry, my daughter, just tell me when you’ll see Giacomo to pass, and you’ll see he’ll know his stuff!»
The following Saturday the nice girl heard the unique tune that Giacomo used to whistle and warned her mother. «Mum, Giacomo is coming down!». «Don’t worry – answered the mother – he won’t go far!».
As soon as she said this, they saw in the distance the young man stopping and hanging on his belly twisting with pain. The poor unfortunate had to go back, dragging himself to home.
Unfortunately, for him there was no relief! Every time he left home to go and meet his sweetheart, the tremendous bellyaches came back stronger than ever. Astonished by this coincidence, he decided to leave that love on its own and stay home. Probably, he never discovered that his pains were due to witchcraft!
How to get here
From the square of Ghigo di Prali, with the Waldesian temple on your right, look straight and you’ll see a bridge. Cross it, and at the crossroad turn right. Go on the main road, which climbs a bit. After a couple of hairpin turns you’ll be in an open space just in front of this delicious hamlet. The route is very nice if you walk, and it’s a very easy promenade which lasts more or less 30 minutes.
Do you want to read the tale in Italian ?