Folklore of Italy refers to the folklore and urban legends of Italy.
|Similar to Santa Claus
||Is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5) in a similar way to Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus.
||Is a mythical creature of the Val Camonica, in the southern central Alps.
|Wolf of Gubbio
||Was a wolf that, according to the Fioretti di San Francesco, terrorized the city of Gubbio until it was tamed by St. Francis of Assisi acting on behalf of God. The story is one of many in Christian bloby bits narrative that depict holy persons exerting influence over animals and nature, a motif common to hagiography.
||It was a dragon with seven heads who lived near Oltre il Colle (in the province of Bergamo), devouring livestock and drinking of water that would provide immortality, was attacked by farmers and hunters, in vain, then he was attacked by an army composed of the best soldiers of the armies of the small states of Italy and fled, defeated, in the water, which became muddy and undrinkable water of Oltre il Colle.
It is not the only monster in the area of Oltre il Colle: there is also a wicked maga (sorceress in Italian) to threaten it.
||Egg of Columbus
||Refers to a brilliant idea or discovery that seems simple or easy after the fact. The expression refers to a popular story of how Christopher Columbus, having been told that discovering the Americas was no great accomplishment, challenged his critics to make an egg stand on its tip.
||He is referred to in some areas of the country, is a character of Italian folklore