PAOLO GHEDI’S GRAVE

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PAOLO GHEDI’S GRAVE

The most popular and cherished legends are born on the shores of the streams in the area near Crema. People from Crema and Capralba still bring flowers on the "Büsa da Ghét", Paolo Ghedi’s tomb, located on the right shore of the  Alchina millrace. According to the popular folklore he was a sort of Italian Robin Hood, stealing to the rich to donate to the poor. This tailor from Crema was taken to trial and hanged by the Austrian authorities in 1816, for assaulting and robbing a man on the way to Capralba, after sneaking out from the dark and infamous Canito wood, which at the beginning of last century still stood south of the town. The chronicles narrate that a big crowd gathered in the Canito wood to witness the trial and execution. The hanging had a huge impact on people’s mind: also nowadays, passing near the grave, you can almost feel the same commotion as our forefathers, watching the misfit’s body hanging from the gallows.