Inside 'cursed' town where residents are too afraid to say its name
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Inside 'cursed' town where residents are too afraid to say its name

A beautiful town that seems like the perfect holiday destination is labeled ‘bad’ by locals, who don’t even dare pronounce the name because they think it’s cursed.

In the southern hills of Italy, Colobraro is haunted by a chilling secret so terrifying that locals call it ‘the village without a name’.

The city is said to have been cursed by bad luck and bad luck for those who visit, the city reports Mirror online.

Stories began to circulate after the 1940s, when the then mayor of Colobraro, Biagio Virgilio, would have proclaimed at a city council meeting “may this chandelier collapse if I don’t tell the truth.”



In the next few seconds, the huge chandelier crashed to the floor above his head and since then locals have believed that he placed a hair-raising hexagon in their hometown.

Ever since the villagers believed in the curse – and since that fateful day – those affected suffered some inexplicable tragedies.

The locals fear the curse so much that they refuse to ever call the city by its name.

And the shame has spread far and wide – a local resident admits that when he was at a restaurant in a nearby town, people left him when they realized he was from Colobraro.



The name of the area itself is said to have a gruesome origin. It comes from the word coluber, meaning ‘snakes’ and some locals say it is a place where ‘evil presences live’.

Not only that, but it has long been said that Colobraro is the old house of masciare, or powerful women who used their magic with spells, the evil eye and swearing.

They were often treated as healers, with their neighbors turning to them if they had certain symptoms, such as headaches, and asking them to lift the curse.



Some of them could perform the healings, further spreading rumors of their dark magic and powers.

They used a mix of salt, coal and water and rubbed it on the affected person’s forehead before throwing the contaminated water at an intersection.

The next person who said he was crossing the intersection was then infected by the curse.

Although the masciare no longer exists – or lives in the village – many fear that their powers are still there.

And it is only a few brave souls who will talk about this woman in Colobraro, and even less if there is no sunlight on the village.

There are also stories of strange things happening to the people of the village that seem impossible to explain by medicine or magic.

There have been unconfirmed reports of babies born with two hearts or three lungs.

Creepy landslides and bizarre car accidents are said to plague Colobraro, but the curse doesn’t affect everyone.

Only visitors to the village are expected to suffer from the terrible consequences of the bad luck of Colobraro.



Local Elena di Napoli said, “Of course, given my background, I am immune to the Jinx.

“These scary things only happen to people who come here for the first time in their lives and believe in the omen.”

Others dismiss the curse as nothing but hocus pocus nonsense and insist that the chandelier fell on Biagio Virgilio’s words for being ill-fitting.

Local Matteo told the BBC, “Don Biagio Virgilio? Of course I remember him! The accident? People made it up. He was not unlucky.

“If anything happens to an outsider with their car, maybe getting stuck or getting a flat tire or the engine breaking, they blame the village.”

However, that doesn’t stop the residents of Colobraro from taking advantage of the rumors about the curse.

Every year they hold a street show to celebrate the ghost history of their hometown, and in August visitors come to Colobraro to see the show with witches, mascaras and werewolves.

Although – just to be sure – anyone who doesn’t call Colobraro home gets a special amulet to protect them from the curse.

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Pat Reaves
Pat Reaves writes for our World News section. Having spent his youth traveling from one country to another, Pat has incurred an education that is truly international in culture, academia, and language. His quick thinking and spontaneity has landed him in the sector where stories happen without any warning. He is an extremely patient and nurturing writer who lets a story take its course without interference and prejudice.

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