Turin, the fourth largest city in Italy, has long had a reputation synonymous with the fantastical. Considered by some to be one of the most haunted cities in the world, Turin is home to many interesting spots associated with black magic and witchcraft.
With the Alps acting as a beautiful backdrop, and streets full of Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-classical and Art Noveau architecture, Turin seems as magical as any other Italian locale. Scratch beneath the surface, however, and you’ll discover a long history of the supernatural and occult.
According to many, Turin forms part of both a black magic triangle, and a white magic triangle: the former with London and San Francisco, the latter with Prague and Lyon. These triangles are said to give Turin its magic, with the white triangle representing ‘good’ and the black triangle representing ‘evil’. Others believe Turin derives much of its power from the differing energies of the two rivers that inhabit it – the Po and the Dora Riparia.
Whatever the cause, there are many points of interest when it comes to the magic of Turin: from the ‘Devil’s Portal’ aka the entrance to the Underworld, in Piazza Statuto; the terrifying and imposing Frejus Fountain in the same square, or the former home of Nostradamus (a stone’s throw from the square). The Piazza Statuto is thought to be the home of black magic, being the point of the aforementioned black triangle.
There is also plenty of light to balance out the darkness. White magic is said to be abundant in Piazza Castello, which also hides the ‘alchemical caves’, reportedly frequented by famous alchemists. It is no surprise that the Piazza Castello is the counterpoint to Pizza Statuto, and the home of the white triangle point. The Gran Madre di Dio, a Neo-classical church located in front of the Piazza Vittorio Veneto, is home to the ‘veiled woman’ statue. Some say that following an imaginary line from her stare will allow you to find where the Holy Grail is hidden.
In the Piazza del Palazzo, the sacred and hellish sections of the city meet: the invisible line that divides the two parts of the area is guarded by two statues, both figures on horseback. These statues represent the mythological twins Castor and Pollux, Roman demigods. According to popular lore, when Castor was murdered, Pollux asked Zeus to be reunited with him; the twins are evocative of Gemini, the third astrological sign of the zodiac.
Overall, Turin has so many fascinating mythologies and stories, many of which locals may be sceptical of, but will happily repeat to visitors nonetheless. In an area of such natural and man-made beauty, magic can always be found, whether it’s legendary tales of the occult, or simply the feeling you get from the stunning and romantic surroundings.