On 16 December 1922, in the prison of the Castello dei Vicari di Lari, a 41-year-old farm worker, named Giovanni Princi , better known as the “ Rosso della Paola ”, died.
Rosso, for having outraged a hierarch of the fascist regime, was imprisoned on December 15: what happened in the night between December 15 and 16 no one will ever know. What the story tells, however, is that on December 16, Rosso’s body was brought back to his home, after hanging himself from the grating of cell number 5.
In 1962, the prison was closed, but the former guardian Annibale Baldassarri and his family continued to live in the structure. According to what the Baldassarri family reported, every year, on the night of 15 December, the restlessness of Rosso’s soul made itself felt in the castle: wind, slamming doors and noises of chains, transformed every night of 15 December into a moment of pure terror.