Don’t pay attention to legends and curses: Villa De Vecchi was mostly famous for the polenta taragna cooked by the Negri, the family that for over 100 years took care of the estate. The real story of this villa, which was renamed “The Red House” because of the many ghost stories flourished around the mansion, has nothing to do with the Evil One. According to legend, Count De Vecchi abandoned the villa after he found his wife dead and his daughter disappeared. “But the truth – a Negri descendant says – is that the Count and his wife died of a natural death and that the heirs abandoned the villa in ’38.” Then, during the war, it was inhabited by some displaced persons and, in ’59, bought by the Medici of Marignano. Finally, in the early Eighties, it was taken over by some families of local business men. The first vandal raid happened at the end of the Seventies. During an unfortunate night trespassers stole paintings and furniture. They were then found, but from that day on, the track was open and with the Villa left in neglect, it has been spoiled year after year.