October 31st to November 2nd marks a span of time that most Italians view with superstition. It is known as the “Bridge of the Dead,” beginning with Halloween and ending with the Celebration of the Dead—a 72-hour period steeped in occult tradition, stemming from ancient Roman history.
Lost souls, the dead returned to life…masks, witchcraft, nursery rhymes and much more: are they really dark magic or mere superstition? Or are they simply old wives tales that contain a grain of truth from some forgotten time? In Rome, with its worshipping of ancient gods, there has always been special attention paid to these dark tales.