an oral history, concerning the eruption of 1858
It is said that after an eruption of Vesuvius, having filled by lava the big ditch, in a night of November a harrowing and inhuman scream woke up all inhabitants in the area.
The scream was heard even in the following nights creating terror among the people.
Peasants armed themselves with rifles and pruning hooks and left for a dawn patrol in search of the origin of that scary scream. They beat the ground inch by inch, but found nothing.
No one could give an explanation and they were all afraid.
So it happened, while they were wondering what to do, that some people suggested to contact the “the old Mattavona”, a witch who lived on the slopes of Vesuvius.
Having said that, the farmers went in procession to the beldame. The old woman went to the place and uttered some incomprehensible magic formulas. Since then the scream was gone and the farmers went back to sleep at night.