In the woods near Lake Como – a playground for the rich in northern Italy – a once-lavish villa crumbles into ruin. Some people call the building the Red House thanks to its now-peeling paintwork, while others refer to it as the House of Witches. It is best known, however, as simply the Ghost Mansion.
On a dark night, you can certainly imagine phantoms flitting through the broken-down manse. Once the summer home of a count – who gave it its official name – the Villa de Vecchi now hosts only ghosts. And locals say that when listening closely, you can still hear the specters tinkling on the old piano.